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ARISS Event -- Matthew J. Kuss, Friday at 18:27 UTC



The next International Space Station's Expedition 11 ARISS 
school contact will be with students at the Matthew J. 
Kuss Middle School in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA on 
Friday, 16 September 2005. The event is scheduled to begin 
at approximately 18:27 UTC.

This contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and 
W1ACT, so it should be audible to anyone in the northeast 
United States and southern portions of  Ontario and Quebec 
listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants 
are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

"Matthew J. Kuss is an urban middle school located in Fall 
River, MA. The school has a population of six hundred 
sixth through eighth grade students. Seventy percent of 
the population is low income. The staff consists of 80 
teachers and paraprofessionals. A new principal, Nancy 
Mullen, has just been appointed to lead the school. Kuss 
was named one of the fifty original NASA Explorer Schools 
in 2003. As part of the NASA Explorer School program, Kuss 
started a HAM radio club with the support of The Bristol 
County Repeaters Association, the local HAM radio club. 
Four students and two staff members have received their 
HAM Radio licenses. Other NASA Explorer school programs 
include the GLOBE project in which students collect 
environmental data and the Sun-Earth Connection program, 
Radio Jove, in which students collect and track solar 
storm data. Students have also participated in NASA 
E-Mission simulations and distance learning events with 
NASA scientists. In 2004, grade 8 students had an 
experiment launched in a sub-sem rocket at Wallops Island, 
Virginia."

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

1. How did you feel the first time you looked at the Earth 
from space?
2. How does zero gravity affect your body?
3. Did you get your amateur radio license because you 
wanted to or because your career required you to get it?
4. How long does it take your body to get use to micro 
gravity in space?
5. In your free time what do you do for enjoyment on the 
ISS?
6. Do you enjoy using amateur radio?
7. What amateur radio equipment does the ISS have on 
board?
8. What made you decide to be an astronaut?
9. How much longer will it take to complete the ISS?
10. Can you see weather changes on the Earth as viewed 
from the ISS?
11. What do you miss most about Earth?
12. How do you mentally and Physically prepare for going 
into space?
13. Do you think a person with special needs could ever 
work on the ISS?
14. What would you do if you ever encountered an 
extraterrestrial during a space walk?
15. When you were in middle school did you ever think you 
would be an astronaut?
16. What position do you sleep in? Is it difficult to 
adjust to sleeping like this?
17. When the moon, planet, or any other object blocks the 
sun, does that affect the amount of power you have, or the 
amount you can use?
18. Was being and astronaut your first choice for a 
career?
19. What kinds of experiments have you been working on?
20. Was it difficult learning how to move around in space?
21. What fields of science are you most interested in?
22. Does the Earth's weather affect the ISS in anyway?
23. What do you like most about being an ISS crew member?
24. Do you have any plans to upgrade your amateur radio 
license to general or extra?

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.

Upcoming ARISS events  can be found at 
 http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.txt   The 
next scheduled event is with students at Sanderson High 
School, Sanderson, Texas on 22 September 2005 at 16:08 
UTC.

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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