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ARISS Event - Ft. Ross Elementary, California Fri. 15 April



The next International Space Station's Expedition 10 ARISS 
school contact will be with students at the Ft. Ross 
Elementary School in Cazadero, California on Friday, 15 
April  2005. The event is scheduled to begin at 
approximately 18:07 UTC.

This contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and 
WA6M, so it should be audible to anyone in western 
portions of the United States listening in on the 145.80 
MHz downlink. The participants will conduct the 
conversation in English.

"Fort Ross is a small school located on the Northern 
California coast about 90 miles north of San Francisco. 
Its name derives from the Russian Fur station that was 
established here in 1812 and closed in 1841. Fort Ross is 
a K through 8th grade school and currently has an 
enrollment of approximately 50 students in all 9 grades. 
While small, it consistently scores in the very top of the 
county’s educational system."

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

1. How high are you?
2. How small an object can you see on earth...a car, 
house, building?
3. Earth's curvature...can you see it easily?
4. Could we see you (the station) under certain conditions 
...with naked eye, binoculars?
5. What is the space station like inside, is it similar to 
a home living space?
6. What does the moon look like from the space station? 
Does it look different to you than from earth?
7. How many space walks have you made and what do you do 
out there?
8. What emotions do you have while living on the space 
station. What is it like having only one person to talk 
with to, not being with your family, and not going out 
into nature?
9. Are eating and going to the bathroom different than 
what we do on earth?
10. How often do you get food and supplies?11. What 
inspired you to become an astronaut?
12. Do you see the planets moving and if so, which ones?
13. What time is it and how many sunrise and sunsets are 
there in your day?
14. Would it be possible to visually signal to you with a 
big mirror held to reflect the sun to you?
15. We read that medical experiments to find cures for 
diseases are being done at the space station. Why is this 
being done in space?
16. How long did it take to get to the space station?
17. Do you use telescopes for looking further out into 
space?
18. Can you see the whole celestial sphere, ALL visible 
stars, in 24 hours?
19. How much of the earth can you see at any moment?
20. Are there any ways that you think life on earth might 
improve from the work being done on the space station?

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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