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Submitted by Arthur N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468


International Space Station Commander Leroy Chiao, KE5BRW, has decided to
double up on the number of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) school group QSOs during his remaining two weeks of operation from
NA1SS. ARRL Field & Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, says
Chiao has enjoyed speaking via ham radio with students on Earth during his
ISS duty tour.

"Sparking youth interest in science and technology is quite high on the list
of what's important to astronauts and to NASA," she said, noting that NASA's
Education Office has been strongly supporting Amateur Radio in space for
more than a decade. Since Expedition 10 began last October, Chiao has logged
19 ARISS school group contacts. During a direct contact March 29 between
NA1SS and W5NGU, the astronaut spoke with youngsters at the Science
Discovery Center in Denton, Texas. 

White said successfully putting together the many pieces of an ARISS
school-group QSO is tricky at the eleventh hour. To accommodate the change,
ARISS moved up a scheduled QSO for a school in Zurich whose volunteers are
well-prepared. For the second extra slot, ARISS scrambled to make
arrangements with a NASA Explorer School from which a teacher interested in
using ham radio in class had submitted an ARISS application. For this
QSO--with Flory Academy of Sciences and Technology, in Moorpark, California,
ARISS plans to employ a combination of Amateur Radio and teleconferencing
rather than attempt to set up a direct QSO.

Arriving later this month, the next crew increment, Expedition 11, will put
two hams aboard the ISS--US Astronaut John Phillips, KE5DRY, and Russian
cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR. Krikalev, who will be Expedition 11 crew
commander, will be doing his second tour of duty aboard the ISS. He served
as flight engineer on the very first ISS crew and served aboard the Russian
Mir space station in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an international educational outreach
with US support from ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.

Taken from ARRL weekly letter 
The ARRL Letter
Vol. 24, No. 13
April 1, 2005
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