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

The next ARISS contact by Expedition 10 aboard the International Space
Station will be with students at Pinon Elementary School, White Rock,
New Mexico, USA on Thursday, 27 January 2005. The event is scheduled to
begin at approximately 17:42 UTC.

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

 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

 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

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

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

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

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

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 Contact.

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