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ARISS Event -- University of Cork, Irlenad



The next ARISS contact by Expedition 10 aboard the 
International Space Station will be with students at 
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland on Friday, 17 
December. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 
13:53 UTC.

This contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS 
and VK5ZAI, Kingston, Australia. It should be audible to 
anyone in the area listening in on the 145.80 MHz 
downlink. The participants will conduct the conversation 
in English.

The European Space Agency, ESA, sets up an educational 
competition for all the primary schools of one of the 
European ISS countries every six months. NASA/ARISS has an 
agreement with ESA to provide an ARISS school contact as 
the top prize for these competitions. ESA has chosen 
Ireland for the second educational campaign in 2004. All 
the Irish primary schools are being invited to compete for 
the prize: an ESA hosted venue for the winning classes and 
an ARISS school contact for the selected students.

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.

Students will ask as many of the following questions as 
time allows:

1. How do you know if it is day or night in space?

2. What is the most exciting part of being an astronaut?

3. What personal qualities do you think are necessary to 
be an astronaut and why?

4. Who controls the movement of the space station?

5. What does it feel like to be in a place with out 6. 
gravity?

6. How was the difficulty of gravity overcome while 
building the ISS in space?

7. How long can you stay outside the space station before 
you run out of oxygen?

8. What can you see when you look out the window of the 
space station?

9. How long did it take you to travel to the International 
Space Station?

10. Do you have toilets in your rocket? And how do you go 
to the toilet while you are wearing a space suit?

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. 
Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be 
found at http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#Next 
Contact.

Thank you & 73,
Scott H. Stevens / N3ASA
ARISS Team Member
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