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ARISS Event Notice -- Brigidine College, NSW Australia 2 June 2005



International Space Station Expedition 11's fifth ARISS 
school contact will be with students at Brigidine College, 
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Thursday, 2 June 
2005. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 
09:30 UTC.

This contact will be direct  between stations NA1SS and 
VK2KVE in New South Wales, so it should be audible to 
anyone in the state listening in on the 145.80 MHz 
downlink. The participants will conduct the conversation 
in English.

"The contact will take place from the hall at Brigidine 
College in Randwick, a beachside suburb of Sydney.  The 
school is a girl’s catholic secondary school with a 
population of 860 students and 85 staff members.  It has a 
record of excellent academic achievement. Three students 
from each year group will be asking questions starting 
with year 7 (aged 12) up to Year 12 (aged 17)."

"The school offers a diverse curriculum.  In the sciences 
it offers the following subjects as electives: physics, 
chemistry, biology and earth sciences at the senior level. 
 Junior students (aged up to 15 years) all study general 
science."

"[The school expects] good representation from education 
management and neighboring schools.  The questions were 
selected from a competition open to all students.  [The 
school] will be following up the voice contact with a talk 
by the director of Canberra Tracking Station on Solar 
System Robotic Exploration."

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

1. If you were wearing a watch in space would the second 
hand move the same speed as it does on earth? And would it 
be the same time?
2. Does being so far away from earth give you a different 
perspective on life, or a different meaning to your life?
3.  If an astronaut gets sick or needs an emergency 
operation during your time in space, what do you do?
4. If you grow plants in space, how would they grow and 
respond since there is no gravity?
5. What kind of advice would you give to kids aspiring to 
be astronauts in the future?
6. Do you feel that you are making some significant 
contribution to world history and the sustainability of 
the human race?
7. What has been the most rewarding and memorable aspect 
of your journey and what has been the most frightening 
stage so far?
8. Do you think that what you are doing now is like a 
parallel to the 17th and 18th century, with explorers 
finding “new worlds”? And will space continue to be the 
“final frontier” in 50 or 100 years time?
9. Who owns the moon? That is, if some valuable mineral 
was discovered on the moon or a passing asteroid, whom 
does it belong to?
10. Who has more control over the ISS: you and the ISS 
crew, or the ground control crew?
11. How do you monitor the cosmic radiation levels you are 
exposed to, and what effect do these increased levels have 
on your body?
12. Have you seen or experienced anything whilst being on 
the ISS that has been unexpected, unusual, or that has 
taken you completely by surprise?
13. Is working in space still risky business? How do you 
cope with those risks and how do your family cope?
14. Have you felt or heard impacts by meteorites on the 
walls of the ISS and what protection do you have against 
impacts by meteorites?
15. Does being in space put a different perspective on the 
things we think are important here on earth?
16. How do you shield yourself from the dangerous 
electromagnetic radiation that is usually reduced by the 
earth’s outer atmosphere and magnetic field?
17. According to relativity theory you should age less 
moving fast in space, (about an hour less in 5 months), 
than you would on earth. Do you have clocks on board that 
can measure time dilation?
18. Has the research currently being undertaken on energy 
use efficiencies and air/water quality produced any 
results that could be used on earth?

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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