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ARISS Event -- Westhampton Beach, New York Contact Tomorrow

The next contact between school students and the crew 
aboard the International Space Station will take place 
Wednesday, 24 November 2004. Students at Westhampton Beach 
Elementary School, Westhampton Beach, New York, USA will 
speak directly to the space station crew via amateur radio 
beginning about 1815 UTC or 1:15pm local time.

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.

Westhampton Beach Elementary School is a neighborhood 
school on the south shore of Long Island's scenic East 
End.  Approximately 430 children ranging from Kindergarten 
to 5th grade attend the school.   The 5th grade students 
study astronomy as part of their science curriculum and 
are honored to take part in the ARISS program.

The contact will be in English. The ISS crew will use the 
NA1SS call sign. This contact is direct to station W2AMC. 
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 as many of the following questions as 
time allows:

1. When you lift off earth, do your ears pop like they do 
when you take off in an airplane?

2. What is your favorite part of being in space?

3. Is it hard to get used to gravity on earth after being 
in space for so long?

4. After Columbia crashed, did you ever think about not 
going into space?

5. Could a pitcher throw a fastball faster in space than 
on Earth?

6. If you could go anywhere in space, where would you go?

7. Is it hard to get along with people who speak other 
languages and have different cultures?

8. Can you see lunar or solar eclipses from the ISS?  What 
do they look like?

9. What features can you see on Earth from the ISS?

10. How far out does space go?

11. What do you do for your spare time on the ISS?

12. Could the ISS move into a different orbit if it had 

13. What does being weightless feel like?

14. What do you miss the most about Earth?

15. How long does it take to put a space suit on?

16. Do animals have to wear space suits?

17. If you spilled a liquid, would it float?

18. Is it hard to be cramped up in a little space on the 

19. What do the other planets look like from up there?

20. What would you do in an emergency?

21. If you got a sore on the ISS, how would you cure it?

22. Does your food taste good?

23. Would you be able to lift a lot of weight in space?

24. What things do you use to exercise?

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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