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Re: St Martins a success


Congratulations on an outstanding contact!


At 07:14 PM 3/17/2005, Tony VK5ZAI wrote:
>The ARISS contact between the ISS and St Martins Lutheran College in Mt 
>Gambier on Thurs. 17th March was a great success.  Ten students ranging 
>from reception to year nine asked Astronaut Leroy Chiao all the twenty 
>questions with around twenty seconds to spare before the ISS slipped below 
>the horizon
>The students were prepared by their teacher Jeanie Axton who did a 
>brilliant job organizing their questions on separate cards for them, and 
>maintaining continuity of the queue during the linkup so no time was lost.
>The telebridge link was handled by Nancy WH6PN in Hawaii who did a 
>excellent job handling the downlink and switching.
>The linkup was also carried live on the internet and  was relayed via IRLP 
>and  EchoLink.
>A gathering of around two hundred parents and guests  along with students 
>and members of the South East Radio Group  crowded into the schools music 
>room to listen  to the event. Tony  VK5ZAI setup a power point display  of 
>space scenes along with Instant Track to show the progress of the ISS to 
>the audience while they waited for contact to start.  After the ISS had 
>passed Tony answered numerous questions put to him by the audience.
>John, WD5EEV supervised setting up the line connections, and the 
>participants where introduced by Will, KC6ROL who as usual  did a great job.
>The evening was covered by WIN TV, Bush Vision, a new community TV 
>station,  the ABC radio network, The Border Watch news paper, and the WIA
>Numerous photos where taken by by members of the South East Radio Club
>and some of these will be available  in a few days at http://www.arrl.org .
>This was the seventh Australian school to have taken part in the ARISS project
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