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ARISS Notice -- Thursday Contact with Adelaide, Australia Station

The next contact between school students and the crew 
aboard the International Space Station will take place 
Thursday, 23 September 2004.  Students at Investigator 
Science and Technology Centre, Adelaide, Australia will 
speak directly to astronaut Mike Fincke via amateur radio 
beginning about 0913 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 Investigator Science and Technology Centre is a South 
Australian not-for-profit centre committed to creating a 
passion for science, technology and engineering among 
young people.  It began as an exhibition-based public 
infotainment organization, but currently focuses almost 
exclusively on delivering educational programs to schools. 
 The guest school for this contact is Kilburn Primary 
School with an enrolment of approximately 130 students. 
 About 20% of students are Aboriginal and 25% are from 
non-English speaking backgrounds. Literacy, Numeracy, ICT 
and Supportive School Environment are the major focus 
areas.  Many students have significant learning needs. 
 Students speaking to the astronauts are in a Year 5/6 
class and are aged 10 to 11 years."

The contact will be in English.  The ISS crew will use the 
NA1SS call sign.  This contact is a telebridge via station 
WH6PN in Honolulu, Hawaii.  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.  What experiments are you doing at the moment?

2.  Does the environment inside the ISS stay the same all 
the time? 

3.  Are you able to go outside the ISS? 

4.  What does the moon look like from the ISS?

5.  How much sleep do you get at a time?

6.  Where do you get food from and how do you eat it?

7.  How is the ISS powered?

8.  Where do you sleep in the ISS?

9.  What is the view of Earth like?

10. Does the lack of gravity make your free time more 

11. How long have you been in space and when will you 
return to Earth?

12. How does the ISS stay on course?

13. Are you afraid being so far from Earth?

14. How do you manage to stay clean?

15. How much room is there inside the ISS?

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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