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ARISS Event Notice -- Sonoran Sky Contact Monday



The ARISS team is pleased to announce that the next school contact with
the International Space Station astronauts will take place Monday, 5
April between the ISS crew and students at the Sonoran Sky Elementary
School in Scottsdale, Arizona USA. The contact is scheduled to bring
about 1834 UTC.

Sonoran Sky Elementary was built 10 years ago based on the theme of
flight, with each grade level focusing on a particular aspect from
bubbles and insects to aircraft and spacecraft. It is a K-6 school with
approximately 500 students.  Recently, the school's focus has been on
the International Space Station's mission, background, and daily
events.  Schoolwide students are notified of and view visible passes.
As a part of the standard curriculum, students in third grade learn
about space exploration beginning with the Apollo missions through the
building of the ISS. Every year sixth graders attend Astrocamp.
Through the years, many students have participated in Buddies in Space,
a weekly multi-grade level program in which all activities revolve
around space exploration and astronauts.  As a part of this program, a
journal of questions about space was given to astronaut Jim Newman who
took it back to NASA.  It came back filled with answers from many
astronauts.  At the ground-breaking ceremony of the Challenger Space
Center in 1998, students posed questions to and personally interviewed
Grace Corrigan & Rich Scobee.  In 1999, the school had the pleasure of
a visit from astronaut Michael Bloomfield.  The school has long had an
interest in the endeavors of space exploration.

Sonoran Sky has a permanent amateur radio station, KA7SKY. In addition
to general HF contacts, students have participated yearly in Kid's Day
& JOTA.

Here are the questions prepared by the pupil:

* Why were you chosen for Expedition 8?
* What did it feel like when you launched?
* What did you do to prepare for working with people from other
countries?
* Do you have to wear a space suit all the time?
* If you were not an astronaut, what job would you have?
* If you could keep one thing from your mission, what would it be?
* What is your favorite part of being an astronaut?
* Do stars and planets look different from the ISS than from Earth?
* What experiments are you doing?
* How does the G-force affect your weight during launch?
* How did you become interested in being an astronaut?
* What is the most interesting thing you have learned in space?
* How long does it take the ISS to orbit the Earth and at what speed
does it travel?
* What medical equipment and training do you have if someone is sick or
injured?
* What did you eat for Thanksgiving?
* What are the pros & cons of living in space for so long?
* What are some of your daily chores?
* How do you have to steer the ISS?
* How do you know what to do while you are up there?
* What is the temperature inside and outside the ISS?
* How do you wash your clothes?
* What is the most amazing thing you have seen while in space?
* Is it scary that you are risking your life for space exploration?
* What do you do to entertain yourself?
* Does zero gravity make you feel light headed or dizzy?
* Did you dream of being an astronaut when you were a child?
* Did you take anything special with you into space?
* In which module do you spend the most time?

The contact will be in English with the ISS crew using the NA1SS call
sign and Sonoran Sky using their station KA7SKY.  The downlink will be
on 145.80 MHz and should be audible to stations in the American
southwest and perhaps lower central regions.


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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