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ARISS Contacts on October 5, 6, &7!!



The International Space Station's Expedition 11 may be 
winding down.  However, their ARISS school contacts will 
be very active this week with 3 scheduled sessions. Each 
session will be a telebridge conducted in English. 
Sessions will be held on:

5 October 16:59 UTC -- Princeton High School, Princeton, 
New Jersey
6 October 15:07 UTC -- Ft Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, 
NY
7 October 13:33 UTC -- Ridgefield Park High School, 
Ridgefield Park, NJ

Princeton High School, Princeton, New Jersey

Station NN1SS in Greenbelt, MD will call NA1SS at 
approximately 16:59 UTC.

"Princeton High School is a nationally recognized high 
school listed frequently in various publications denoting 
outstanding academic achievement. Princeton High School 
students excel in the humanities, the fine arts, and the 
sciences with students performing in Smetana Hall in 
Prague and competing with the US Physics Olympic Team in 
Seoul, South Korea. The student body is a diverse group 
representing a wide range of interests and backgrounds 
within a school community in which 17% of our students 
claim one of 38 languages other than English as their 
first language."

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

1. Are the shapes of the continents as defined as they 
appear on maps and globes?
2. How much less time will pass in the ISS than on Earth, 
due to relativity?
3. If it weren’t for family and friends, would you want to 
return to Earth?
4. What are the day-to-day jobs of the space station?
5. How do you sleep?
6. What is the worst situation you’ve encountered in 
space?
7. What luxury do you miss the most?
8. How fast did you travel to exit the earth’s atmosphere?
9. How would you describe space when you look outward? If 
you space walked, what went through your mind the first 
time the airlock opened and you saw space?
10. What does weather look like from space? For instance, 
could Hurricane Katrina be seen moving?
11. Can you really see landmarks such as the Great Wall of 
China from space?
12. How often do people get space sickness in the ISS?
13. When you come back, what will you miss most?
14. How much of the day is left to yourself and for 
sleeping?
15. How much bone and muscle mass will you have lost 
through out your trip? How would it be if you went to Mars 
for 3 months?
16. What is good or the best on the menu?
17. When were you first interested in space travel?
18. What about space intrigues you and that you do not 
understand? What have you been able to learn in your 
travels as of yet?
19. My brother wants to be an astronaut. What advise can 
you give him?
20. How does your body feel in low gravity? Can you feel 
the effect? Is it like floating?

Ft Hamilton High School, Brooklyn, NY

Station VK5ZAI in Kingston SE, South Australia will call 
NA1SS at approximately 15:07 UTC.

"Fort Hamilton High School is large urban public school of 
5000 students in a suburban setting of Bay Ridge, 
Brooklyn. Our school reflects the ethnic diversity of New 
York City. We have strong academic programs geared towards 
college preparation, with advanced placement and honors 
classes in all disciplines. Our communication with will 
benefit our student population, especially the astronomy 
classes."

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

1. What motivated you to go into space?
2. Did your journey so far fulfill your expectations? Why 
or why not?
3. How long did you have to train to prepare for your 
space flight? What was the most difficult part of your 
training?
4. How is the training you received actually different 
than traveling into space?
5. How long will you stay at ISS? What type of work will 
you be involved with?
6. If you could change one thing about your space mission, 
what would it be?
7. Besides your family and home, what do you miss the most 
about Earth?
8. How do you spend your free time at the ISS?
9. Do astronauts have to do daily exercises and what type?
10. How long does it take to reach the ISS? How fast is 
the shuttle moving after you leave the atmosphere?
11. How are basic life functions like sleeping and 
digestion affected by the zero-gravity environment at ISS?
12. How are medical problems such as illness or breaking a 
bone dealt with in space?
13. How would you fight a fire in a zero gravity 
environment?
14. Are there any plants or animals on the ISS being 
experimented on? What type of experiments?
15. Is the supply of oxygen on the ISS constantly being 
supplied or is there a machine that produces it?
16. How do you prepare for a space walk? and what special 
precautions have to be taken?
17. Does cosmic radiation affect you during your time in 
space?
18. Do you believe in the existence of other intelligent 
life forms in the universe?
19. What do you eat at the ISS? and How?
20. How many astronauts fit in the ISS?

Ridgefield Park High School, Ridgefield Park, NJ

Station ZS6BTD in Parklands, South Africa will call NA1SS 
at approximately 13:33 UTC.

"Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High School is a 7-12 
school of approximately 1,100 students located in 
Southeast of Bergen County. The school is a receiving 
district for 9-12 grade students from Little Ferry, a 
community that borders south west of Ridgefield Park, just 
across the Hackensack River."

"The school has a proud history that includes some rather 
famous graduates. Among them Ozzie Nelson of Ozzie & 
Harriet fame and Bud Lewis, the copilot of the Anola Gay 
which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, which signaled 
the end of World War II. It is also the proud alma mater 
of Greg Olsen."

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

1. I have read that you plan to use your company’s 
miniaturized infrared imager to observe Earth’s atmosphere 
and agricultural crops on this trip. What do you plan to 
do with this information and how do you foresee it will 
help us in the future?
2. Why are you turning the infrared camera toward space, 
and what do you hope to accomplish?
3. What new products do you foresee as the result of the 
experiments conducted on this mission?
4. Sapna and I won a national chemistry competition based 
on our ideas for the development of a transdermal nutrient 
patch. Is anything like this currently being used in the 
space program or do you foresee its use in the future?
5. I understand that there are three biological 
experiments for the European Space Agency. Could you 
please briefly describe them?
6. Can you explain the scientific significance of the 
experiment on crystal growth in space?
7. Could you explain the significance of the experiments 
that will test small free-flying satellites, as part of a 
project called SPHERES?
8. Why is space such a good place to conduct experiments 
in cell research?
9. Which of the jobs that you performed on board did you 
like the most and why?
10. Please describe any geographical or man-made features 
on the Earth that you can see from space.
11. Have you seen any storms like hurricanes or tornadoes 
from space? What do they look like?
12. What type of problems have you encountered in the 
space station and how have you solved them?
13. What is the role of Expedition 12?
14. Dr. Olsen, why would a very successful business man 
and entrepreneur like you want to travel into space?
15. How will this opportunity to experiment in space 
benefit others (adults, children)?
16. How different do such celestial bodies as the sun, the 
moon, and any of the planets look from space as compared 
to how they look from Earth?
17. What would have happened if anyone had gotten 
seriously sick during the trip?
18. Was all your training in English or did you have to 
learn Russian to be involved in the program?
19. Do you see yourself as being involved in the U.S.A. 
space program someday?
20.What are your plans when you return from this Russian 
mission?

As always, the ISS will be audible to anyone listening in 
on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Please note, since these are 
telebridges the ground stations will NOT be near the 
school that is contacting the ISS.

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 Princeton High 
School, Princeton, New Jersey on Wednesday, 5 October 2005 
at 16:58 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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