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ARISS Event - Ralph McCall School Friday at 17:59 UTC



The second scheduled International Space Station's Expedition 12 ARISS
school contact this week will be with students at Ralph McCall School,
Airdrie Alberta, Canada on 02 December 2005. The event is scheduled to begin
at approximately 17:59 UTC. 

This contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and VE6JBJ.  It should be
audible to anyone in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Canada, the
northwest United States and southern portions of Alaska listening in on the
145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the
conversation in English.
 
Ralph McCall is a new school on the west side of Airdrie, Alberta, 15
minutes North of the city of Calgary.  They have 700 students from grades
K-8 and 63 staff.  The school is named after a local teacher who served the
Airdrie community for 32 years as an educator, an elected official, an
author and historian.  We are proud to be the only school in our district
who uses the modified or year-round calendar, our classes start in
mid-August.

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

1. How has amateur radio helped you on board the International Space
Station?

2. What do you read on the space station?

3. How hard is it to change your clothes in space?

4. Do you celebrate holidays in space?

5. How much air do you need per day and where does it come from?

6. What is the most interesting thing you have learned so far in your
experiments?

7. What or who inspired you to become an astronaut?

8. When you look down at Earth, what does it look like and what do you think
about    it?

9. Does the lack of gravity in space affect your bones?

10. Can you see the Northern Lights from the ISS?

11. When you are in space, is it hard to talk to your family down on Earth?

12. Is it hard to exercise in space?

13. What is your favorite thing about your job?

14. What is it like to be in space for a long time and then to walk on Earth
again?

15. What do you do in your free time?

16. What happens if someone becomes sick on board the ISS?

17. How long did you have to train to become an astronaut?

18. What is it like in space?

19. How do you get out of space?

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 after that event. Information about the next scheduled ARISS
contact can be found at http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
Next planned event(s):

 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 program is available on the website http://www.rac.ca/ariss
(graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada). 

Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO
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