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ARISS Event Notive -- Iroquois Middle School, Niskayuna, New York USA on Monday, 16 May 2005

International Space Station Expedition 11's next ARISS 
school contact will be with students at Iroquois Middle 
School, Niskayuna, New York USA on Monday, 16 May 2005. 
The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:50 

This contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS 
and VK5ZAI in Kingston SE, South Australia, so it should 
be audible to anyone in the area to people listening in on 
the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants will conduct the 
conversation in English.

"Niskayuna has enjoyed a rich tradition of middle school 
education. [The Niskayuna School District] middle schools 
challenge early adolescents intellectually while offering 
them the social and emotional support they need to make 
the transition from the protective environment of the 
elementary schools to the more complex world of high 
school. This is done through team teaching. Teaching teams 
are usually made up of four subject teachers (math, 
science, English and social studies) who share and 
instruct daily the same approximately 110 students."

***Audio should be available for this contact***
  Via EchoLink in the following conference rooms:
      AMSAT node 101377
      EDU_NET node 77992
      See EchoLink notes below
  Via IRLP Reflector REF9010 starting at 07:40 UTC
      See IRLP notes below
  Via the internet:
      URL: https://e-meetings.mci.com/
      CONFERENCE NUMBER: 7032958

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

1. Is it hard to transition to no-gravity and other 
different lifestyles?
2. What is the major goal of floating up in space?
3. Is it sad that you have to be away from your family for 
a long time?
4. If you are sleeping, do the beds float?
5. What type of experiments are you collecting in Space?
6. How long do you have to train to go into Space?
7. How does the robotic arm function with zero gravity?
8. How do you get oxygen if there is no oxygen in outer 
9. What part do you play in the mission?
10. What kind of food do you eat?
11. Is it true that there is a plan to settle on Mars?
12. What is the mission up on the Space Station?
13. I heard the Great Barrier Reef is the only living 
thing on Earth you can see from space;  Is this true?
14. Regarding the space walks and all the training that 
goes into being a professional, what about basic 
procedures for common mistakes made up in space?
15. What is it like to have everything floating around?
16. Have you ever walked outside the space station; and if 
you did, is it hard?
17. If something goes wrong, do you have an escape plan; 
and what is it?
18. How long do you have to train to go into space?
19. What type of computer and camera do you use in space?
20. How do you make contact with earth?
21. What part  do you play in the mission?
22. What experiments are you working on?
23. Are there planets that we havenít discovered?

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 

IRLP Notes
All future ARISS/IRLP distributed contacts will be hosted 
by the 9010 "Discovery" Reflector and be fed to its main 
channel (DTMF entry 9010). In addition because of 
increased bandwidth that is avaliable to 9010 
pre-registration is no longer required!

Simply join the reflector with the assigned DTMF input. 
Please ensure that the connecting Node has its "timeout" 
timer disabled. This will allow the Node to remain 
connected to the Reflector for the duration of the 

Please contact Wayne Harasimovitch at ve1wph@rac.ca 
regarding any IRLP questions. Thank you for your interest 
in this ARISS/IRLP distribution project.

EchoLink Notes
The contact between the ISS and school lasts for about 15 
minutes +/-. During this contact, we appreciate everyone's 
patience and understanding. We must mute everyone except 
Dieter, KX4Y to avoid inadvertent, interfering 
transmissions into the conference room. Thanks for your 
understanding and cooperation.

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

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