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ARISS FINAL Event Notice -- Saint Mard, France Contact Tomorrow

The ARISS team is pleased to announce that the next school contact with
the International Space Station astronauts will take place Thursday, 1
April between the ISS crew and students at the “College Georges
Brassens of Saint Mard” and the “Jacques Prevert” school. The contact
is scheduled to bring about 1827 UTC or 2027 local daylight time.

The two schools of Saint-Mard are located at approximately 45 km to the
North-East of Paris (France). There are about 600 pupils aged from
10-15 years. A technical and scientific workshop called SYNTHESES 3D
was created last year. This is a new efficient way of discovering
scientific topics like astronomy, the earth, and communications. The
children work very hard every week on the satellites and the ISS by
learning radio technology and using computers equipped with 3D
animation and modeling software.

Here are the questions prepared by the pupils, which will be read by
their teacher, Jocelyn RAFFRAY, who is a licensed radio amateur. For
this contact he will be using his call sign F5CAR.

Questions to be asked of Cmdr. Mike Foale are:

What is the reason to do research onboard the ISS and why do astronauts
go to space?
Were the forest fires in Europe visible from the ISS last summer?
Why did you choose to be an astronaut?
How do your family and your friends feel when you leave for space?
Is it difficult to come back to earth?
What is it like to be on the ISS?
What is the temperature inside and outside the ISS?
What do you eat in space and how do take your meals?
What do you experience as the most disturbing aboard the ISS?
Do you have time for leisure and personal activities?
What do you find most fascinating in space?
Do you have a bed to go to sleep?
How do you manage to shave and wash?
How long you will stay on board?
What do you do with your waste?
How you can know what time it is, since you see the sun rise several
times a day?
What did you feel during lift-off?
Have you ever been hit by dust particles?
What you can see of our solar system?
Have you have done space walks?

The contact will be in English with the ISS crew using the NA1SS call
sign.  The downlink will be on 145.80 MHz and should be audible to
stations across much of Central Europe.

This contact has been arranged through the European ARISS team.
Further information about the European branch of ARISS can be found at

ARISS is an international educational outreach program with US
participation from NASA, AMSAT (The Amateur Satellite Radio Corp.), and
the American Radio Relay League.  ARISS offers an opportunity for
students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking
directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station.
Teachers, parents and communities experience, first hand, how Amateur
Radio and crew members on ISS can energize youngsters interest in
science, technology, and learning.  Further information on the ARISS
programme is available on the website http://www.rac.ca/ariss

Thank you & 73,
Scott Lindsey-Stevens / N3ASA
ARISS Team Member

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