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ARISS Event -- Thurs. 27 Jan., Pinon Elementary School, New Mexico

This contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and 
NM5BB. It should be audible to anyone in the American 
southwest and Mexico area listening in on the 145.80 MHz 
downlink. The participants will conduct the conversation 
in English.

Pinon Elementary School is one of two elementary schools 
in the small town of White Rock, New Mexico. It is a 
comfortably sized school of 350-400 students from 
preschool through sixth grade. The student body includes 
many out-of-district students. The school buildings were 
built around 1965 on a large plot of land over 21 acres in 
size. The school is also fortunate to be less than ten 
miles from Bandelier National Park and near the San 
Ildefonso Pueblo and other pueblos.

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. Do you think going to another planet would, in the 
long, be beneficial, or could we get the same information 
from rovers or probes.

  2. What types of power does the space station use?

  3. How did the Columbia shuttle disaster affect you as 
an astronaut, and the program as a whole?

  4. Explain the logistics of the space shuttle. How do 
you get on it, how do you move around, how big is the 
living area?

  5. Can you see natural disaster or other phenomenon from 
the space station?

  6. How much training and what kind do you have to 
complete before being able to go up into space?

  7. What do you eat on the space station? How is food 
kept stored and preserved?

  8. Have you seen any space activity, like shooting 
stars, up close, and do they look different than on Earth?

  9. Can you describe what the pressure is like leaving 
the Earth's atmosphere?

10. Do you communicate on a regular basis with other 
countries, and which ones? To what degree are other 
countries involved in the space station?

11. What types of experiments do you conduct on the 
station, and which are the most important in your opinion?

12. What types of problems have been encountered on the 
space station, and how have you solved them?

13. How do you keep yourself physically fit and prepared 
to return to Earth?

14. How long did it take for you to adjust to zero 

15. How does zero gravity affect your daily routine, like 
eating sleeping, going to the bathroom, and writing?

16. How long are space missions on a space shuttle, and on 
the space station?

17. What was your first day and night in space like?

18. Are we any closer to having a colony in space than we 
were 10 years ago and why?

19. How long did it take to get from Earth to the space 
station, and did you go straight there?

20. Have any other animals besides humans been in the 
space station? Do you have any with you now? Are any 
involved with the experiments?

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 

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