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ARISS Event -- Monday 28 March, Science Discovery Center, Denton, Texas



The next International Space Station's Expedition 10 ARISS 
school contact will be with students at the Science 
Discovery Center  Denton ISD, Texas on Monday, 28 March 
2005. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 
16:37 UTC.

This contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and 
W5NGU (the Denton County Amateur Radio Club) in Denton, 
Texas, so it should be audible to anyone in the southern 
and southwestern areas of the United States and northern 
Mexico listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The 
participants will conduct the conversation in English.

"Pecan Creek Elementary School opened in the fall of 2003 
with a population of approximately 600 students. The 
school supports a balanced literacy program with a full 
literacy and guided reading library, a program for gifted 
and talented students, and small groups for students who 
need extra support. Hands-on science is taught throughout 
the school and Pecan Creek houses the district Science 
Discovery Center (SDC) under the guidance of Ms. Sharon 
Betty. Math and social studies round out the curriculum. 
Questions for this contact come from Ms. Linda Clark's 5th 
grade class at Pecan Creek Elementary."

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

1. What Kind of education do you need to become an 
astronaut?
2. Since this is an International Space Station, what 
other countries have astronauts on board and do you have 
trouble speaking each other's language?
3. What are some of the disadvantages for humans who 
travel and/or live in space at this time?
4. We read that you got to bring favorite items on board 
with you. What favorite things did you bring and why?
5. Mack - What are some of the effects to the human body 
that traveling in space causes?
6. Do you think that people besides astronauts will ever 
live in space stations like the one you are on?
7. What can you see on the outside of the space station?
8. Do the astronauts categorize and log in all new things 
that they see or learn during their travels for later 
experimentation and study?
9. If it is so hot in the center of the sun then how is 
the temperature of the sun and/or its center measured? 
What instruments are used to measure that type of heat?
10. What kinds of technical training does an astronaut get 
and does the training keep up with the rapidly changing 
world of technology?
11. How many astronauts are in the Space Station 
currently?
12. Is it comfortable and fun to live in the Space 
Station?
13. What do you do for fun when you finish your work on 
the ISS?
14. What is "time" like during the trip?
15. Do you think that people besides astronauts will ever 
live in space stations like the one you are on?
16. What are some of the economical advantages for 
astronauts who travel into space? (do they get a bonus in 
pay, promotions, or promotional offers from large 
companies, etc.)
17. Have they ever encountered any unusual things that 
they had to consider classifying "unidentifiable at this 
time?"
18. Can you tell us about one of the experiments you are 
doing now on the ISS?
19. How cold is it up there?
20. How often do you get to talk to your families?

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.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program 
partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian 
Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and 
IARU organizations from participating countries. 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 see, 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 (graciously hosted by 
the Radio Amateurs of Canada). Information about the next 
scheduled ARISS contact can be found at 
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact.

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