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ARISS Notice -- Friday Contact with Aoyama Gakuin School, Tokyo, Japan



The next contact between school students and the crew 
aboard the International Space Station will take place 
Friday, 17 September 2004.  Students at Aoyama Gakuin 
Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan will speak directly to 
astronaut Mike Fincke via amateur radio beginning about 
0738 UTC.

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS will be 
turned off prior to the beginning of the contact.  It will 
be returned to service as quickly as possible.  The radio 
is expected to be in packet mode when turned back on.

"The Aoyama Gakuin boasts a long and profound history. In 
particular the elementary school dates back more than 70 
years.  This school has its own amateur radio club 
station.  The station?s call-sign is JE1YAV, and the 
station was established in 1973.  As of last year, more 
than 200 members have come to hold licenses through our 
after-school activity program. Currently, 20 students in 
our club have 4th class license (equal to the U.S. 
technicians? level). "

The contact may be in either English, Japanese, or 
possibly both.  The ISS crew will use the NA1SS call sign 
and the Aoyama Gakuin station will use the 8J1AGE call. 
 The downlink will be on 145.80 MHz and the ARISS team 
welcomes everyone in the area to listen in on the contact.


Students will ask Cmdr. Fincke the following questions:

1. Do you feel a temperature difference between day and 
night? 

2 . How do you keep from getting injured or becoming sick? 

3. How do you avoid a collision between ISS and meteors, 
and how do you make repairs? 

4. Did you feel any changes in your physical condition 
when you went to into Space? 

5. Have you ever seen shooting stars falling onto the 
earth? And if you have, how was that? 

6. Would you explain how do you feel circling the earth in 
only 90 minutes? 

7. How does the sense of time differ between Space and on 
the earth? 

8. Have you become more religious than you were on the 
earth? 

9. Did you enjoy the Athens Olympic games?  And how did 
you get the information? 

10. Has your view of Space changed after actually going 
into Space? 

11. Can you recognize the four seasons by viewing various 
scenery on the earth?

12. What experiment did you enjoy the most on this 
mission?

13. Do you have any tips to get along with your partner? 

14. We expect that you can enjoy wonderful stars, are 
there any especially beautiful ones? 

15. What kind of situation makes you really feel that you 
are in Space? 

16. If you can use ISS at your will, what would you do? 

17. Could we have a message for students?

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 crewmembers 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 H. Stevens / N3ASA
ARISS Team Member
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