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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2005-12-02 23:00 UTC

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2005-12-02  23:00 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:

Ralph McCall School, Airdrie Alberta, Canada Fri 2005-12-02  17:59 UTC 
successful (***)
Sanderson High School, Sanderson, TX, USA Thu  2005-12-08 17:30 UTC
Mt Carmel High School, San Diego, CA, USA Thu 2005-12-15  15:42 UTC
Early 2006-02 Russian EVA with SuitSat  deployment


The  ARISS (a joint effort of AMSAT, the ARRL, NASA, the ARISS international  
partners including Canada, Russia, the European Partners, and Japan)  
team wishes to announce the following very tentative schedule for  ARISS 
contacts.  This schedule is very fluid and may change at  the last minute.  
Remember that amateur radio use on the ISS is  considered secondary.  Please 
check the various AMSAT and ARISS  webpages for the latest announcements.  
Changes from the last  announcement are noted with (***).  Also, please check 
MSNBC.com for  possible live retransmissions 
(http://www.msnbc.com/m/lv/default.asp).   Listen for the ISS on the downlink 
145.80 MHz.

The crossband  repeater has been active at times.
The frequencies are uplink of 437.80 MHz  and downlink of 145.80 MHz.

For information about educational  materials available from ISS partner space 
Agencies, please refer to links  on the ARISS Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you are interested  in supporting an ARISS contact, then you must fill
in an application.   The ARISS operations mentor team will not accept a
direct request to support  an ARISS contact; the application must first be 
to the ARISS region  coordinator.

You should also note that many schools think that they  can request a
specific date and time. Once an application has been accepted  the ARISS 
mentors will work with the school to determine a mutually agreeable  date.

There are several ARISS web  sites:

English:  http://www.rac.ca/ariss/   

French:  http://c.avmdti.free.fr/ariss/index.htm   

ARISS Europe:  http://www.ariss-eu.org/   

ARISS Japan:  http://www.jarl.or.jp/ariss/   

Your completely filled out application should be returned to  the
nearest coordinating ARISS region if your specific region is  not
listed.  E-mail is the preferred method of submitting an  application.

Here are the email addresses:
ARISS-Canada and all  other countries not covered:   ve2ka@rac.ca (Daniel 
Lamoureux  VE2KA)
ARISS-Europe:  jh.hahn@gmx.net (J. Hahn, DL3LUM /  PA1MUC)
ARISS-Japan and all Region 3 countries:  iaru-r3@jarl.or.jp  (Keigo Komuro 
ARISS-Russia: n2ww@attbi.com  (Valerie  Agabekov N2WW/UA6HZ)
ARISS-USA:  ARISS@arrl.org (The American Radio  Relay League)

Other web sites that may be of interest  include:


Latest ARISS announcements and news  

Successful  school  list

The  ISS Fan Club website is:

K1ELA has a  website at:

ON6SAT has a  website at:

IRLP website at:   
This new site will have the links  for simulcast contacts that have IRLP and 

Friends  and family of the Expedition 12 crew have put together a  website:

A listing of ARISS related magazine articles:  
Currently the list includes articles from CQ, CQ VHF, QST, and The AMSAT  
Journal.  Please contact me directly if you have additional suggestions.  

Expedition 12 is now on board.

William  McArthur KC5ACR
Valery Tokarev

To let you in on how tough it is  to schedule contacts, here are some of the 
constraints the ARISS mentors  must work under: 
Each Increment is 26 weeks in length. 

For the  next increment (12) we may not schedule:
1. Anything the first 3 weeks.
2.  During EVA weeks (2 EVAs are scheduled for Increment 12)
3. at least 2 weeks  prior to the Increment change. 
4. no contacts during meal and exercise  periods.
5. no contacts during post-sleep and pre sleep (before 08:00 UTC and  after 
19:30 UTC)
6. contacts on the day of Progress docking or undocking are  circumspect.

Mike Fincke KE5AIT and Gennady Padalka RN3DT produced  a video during their 
stay on Expedition 9. You can get the QuickTime version  (209MB) or the Windows 
Media version (152MB). These files are huge, so only a  broadband connection 
is recommended.    Thanks Mike and  Gennady!   

Windows  Media:

A  discussion on Doppler correction and the ISS frequencies may be found  at


This  file was updated 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC

1.        Go to designated homepage  URL.
2.        Click on  Audioconferencing.
3.        Click on  Audio Streaming.
4.        Click on  Join.
5.        Enter conference meeting  number.
6.        Enter passcode (case  sensitive) and there are 11 letters max.   
7.        Enter  name.
8.        Enter email  address.
9.        Enter company, use  ARISS or AMSAT if you want.
10.    Enter title  (optional).
11.    Agree to agreement  policy.
12.    Click proceed.
13.    Wait  for contact to start.  If you are there too early, then you will 
probably  hear music.  Contact streaming should start approximately 6 minutes 
before  AOS.

IRLP  website at: 
If using IRLP is more  convenient for you than using EchoLink, please  
connect to the IRLP  reflector 9010.  

Please give the EchoLInk EDU_NET  server your preference over the EchoLink 
AMSAT server for your connection.  This will keep the load light on the 
AMSAT server, assuring us of better  audio quality all around.

For latest information on ISS - school  contact audio feeds into EchoLink, 
please check the AMSAT calendar of events  at:



Ralph  McCall School, Airdrie Alberta, Canada, direct via VE6JBJ
Contact was  successful Fri 2005-12-02 17:59 UTC 64 deg (***)
Congratulations Ralph McCall  and Bill!  (***)
Contact was simulcast on IRLP and  Echolink.

Proposed questions for McCall:

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 
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 favourite thing about your job?
14.  What is it like to be in space for a long time and then to walk on Earth 
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?

Sanderson High School, Sanderson, TX, direct via  KD5HYB 
Contact is a go for Thu  2005-12-08 17:30 UTC 88  deg

Proposed questions for Sanderson High School:
1. How many  astronauts are there?
2. How do you go to the bathroom in space?
3. How  does it feel in zero gravity?
4. Have you always wanted to go into  space?
5. How do you like being an astronaut?
6. What type of exercise do  you do to stay in shape?
7. Does the weather change in space?
8. How does  living in space affect your emotional state of mind?
9. How does gravity  affect the body?
10. How would you describe the experience of  re-entry?
11. How many astronauts stay on the space station?
12. What do  you eat while you are in the space station?
13. How does Earth look from  space during the day and at night?
14. How does the space station get it’s  power?
15. How do you like it in space?
16. In space do you get to eat any  type of sweets like candy or cake?
17. Can you see the Earth rotate?
18.  What has been the most intriguing aspect of space for you?
19. What  qualifications does your job require?
20. Is traveling in space like being in  the army, since you never know for 
sure when you'll be coming  home?

Mt Carmel High School, San Diego, CA, USA, direct via  KG6EQU
Contact is a go for Thu 2005-12-15 15:42 UTC 54  deg

Proposed questions for Mt. Carmel:  (***)
1. What was  the most important aspect of your training as you prepared for 
this  mission?
2. What do you do for fun in the ISS?
3. What kind of  rehabilitation must you go through when you re-enter the 
one-g environment here  on Earth?
4. Does the temperature in the ISS change?
5. How accurate are  the movie portrayals of life in space? Which movie is 
closest to the  reality?
6. Have any micrometeorites ever struck the ISS?
7. What's the  best thing the engineers designed into the space station that 
you are most  thankful for?
8. How does the view of the stars from the ISS compare to the  view here on 
9. How many students have you had an opportunity to talk  to while in the ISS?
10. How do you exercise in the ISS?
11. What do you  find most interesting about being in space?
12. Can you see satellites or  other objects from the ISS?
13. What is the most surprising thing that you  can see when you look back at 
the Earth?
14. What are some of the experiments  you are doing in the ISS?
15. Has anyone become sick while on the ISS and  what do you do for them?
16. Was it always your dream to become an  astronaut?
17. Have you tried throwing an object in one direction to get  moving in the 
opposite direction? (conservation of momentum)
18. Do you get  to go outside the space station to do work?
19. What's the most important  character trait every astronaut must have?
20. After being up there so long,  do you have ideas for future improvements 
on the  ISS?

Riverhead Central School District –  Aquebogue School, Aquebogue, NY, USA, 
direct via N2RBU

Proposed questions for Riverhead: 
1. Now that you're so far  away from earth, what is it that you appreciate 
most now being away from  earth?
2. Will the ISS create closer ties between the nations involved?
3.  At night do you dream of earth or space?
4. Does going to outer space affect  a person's memory?
5. Does heat still rise, creating convection currents when  there is no 
6. Do you sweat in space?
7. Do you have any  exciting/important jobs in space? What are they?
8. If you are so close to  the sun, how come it is dark all the time?
9. Have you seen anything  "mysterious" up there?
10. How does your food stay down in your  stomach?  Does it come back up like 
11. How do astronauts  communicate when they are on a spacewalk?
12. Have you ever seen a meteor  shower from the International Space Station?
13. What would you do if the  ship caught on fire?
14. How do insects behave in zero gravity?
15. What  do you do if someone gets sick?
16. When you move around the International  Space Station, do you use a swim 
like motion or do you grab something and  pull?
17. Do you ever feel scared?
18. Can you see the moon revolving  around the Earth? What does the moon look 
like from where you are?
19. Why is  it cold in space when you're near he sun?
20. Are you having fun or is it a  lot of work?
21. Why are you up there?
22. If you exercise in micro  gravity do you get muscles?  Why or why not?
23. How does it feel to be  in space?
24. Is it possible to light a flame in space?
25. How do you  know how much food to bring?

Carman Park Elementary  School, Carman Ainsworth School District, Flint, MI, 
USA, telebridge via  TBD

Proposed questions for Carman Park:   (***)
1. Commander Bill McArthur, knowing that you will be in space for six  
months, can you e-mail your wife Cindy and your two daughters, often?
2.  Commander McArthur, on a space walk are you hooked to the ISS, if not how 
would  you get back if you floated away?
3. With the technology on the ISS can you  detect information about natural 
disasters like the hurricanes? 
4. Commander  Bill McArthur, does one person always have to be awake aboard 
the ISS?
5.  Commander Bill McArthur, do you ever run into space debris or comets on 
the  ISS?
6. Commander Bill McArthur, last week we made ecosystems with fish,  could 
they live on the ISS.
7. Commander McArthur, does the ISS run on only  solar power?
8. Commander Bill McArthur, will you celebrate any of the  holidays aboard 
the ISS?
9. Commander McArthur, you have been in space three  times before. What does 
it feel like when you come back from space?
10.  Commander McArthur, How will the new “Ultrasound” information help us 
get to  Mars?
11. Commander Bill, is it hard for you to go on a space walk?
12.  You go around the earth every 90 minutes. How can you tell what time it  
13. Commander McArthur: Would the grass we grew in our terrarium grow on  the 
14. Commander Bill McArthur, you wear glass. Does space affect them  (like 
fogging up)?
15. Commander McArthur, how much time do you have to do  research aboard the 
16. Commander Bill McArthur, how long do you have to  work out each day to 
stay healthy?
17. Commander McArthur, what do you like  to do with your free time on the 
18. Commander McArthur, what is the  toughest thing for you aboard the ISS?
19. Commander Bill McArthur, what  precautions would you take, if one of your 
windows cracked?
20. Commander  McArthur, what do you like to do the most aboard the  ISS?

25th Asia Pacific Scout Jamboree 2005, Bangkok,  Thailand, direct via E20AJ

Itaki Elementary School  Fathers' Club (Oyajinokai), Japan, direct via 
callsign TBD

Cadet Ham Radio Club, United States Military Academy, West  Point, NY, USA, 
via TBD 

Cincinnati Country Day School,  Cincinnati, OH, USA, direct via K8YMI

Timber Creek High  School in Orlando, FL, USA, via TBD

Cosmos Centre  Charleville, Charleville, Australia, telebridge via VK5ZAI 

Jaanimmarik School, Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada, telebridge via  TBD  

Samuel Hearne Secondary School, Inuvik, NT,  Canada, telebridge via TBD 

Denver Museum of Nature and  Science, Denver, Colorado, telebridge via TBD 

Euro  Space Center, Belgium, telebridge via ON4ESC

Questions  for Euro Space Center:
1. How does one feel in space, psychologically  speaking? 
2. Did you have to face unexpected issues during launch or after  docking? 
3. How is a typical working day onboard the ISS? When do you get up  and how 
many hours do you have to work? When do you go to bed? 
4. A  practical question : what do you do with bodily waste? 
5. What kind of  studies are best suited to become an astronaut? 
6. Has it ever happened that  an astronaut had to leave the space station on 
short notice because of illness  or accident? 
7 They say that a manned flight to Mars should be possible  around 2020. Do 
you think this is realistic? 
8. Was the Indian Tsunami  visible from the ISS? 
9. Does the faulty electrical oxygene generator worry  you? Is a replacement 
being planned? 
10. Is the space station a noisy  environment? 
11. Would the Soyuz, the Progress and the future European ATV  be sufficient 
to maintain a permanent crew onboard the ISS if the space shuttles  failed to 
12. Isn’t it risky to have both crew members perform an EVA  together while 
the station is left unmanned? 
13. Could you see the fireworks  over France July 14th, their national 
14. Are meteor tracks in  the atmosphere visible from the ISS like we can 
observe shooting stars from  earth? 
15. When you look at the rising moon, does she look bigger than when  she is 
high in the sky, or is this an earthbound phenomenon? 
16. The  experiments you perform onboard will possibly benefit life on earth. 
Can you  give an example? 
17. Is the pollution of the earth visible from the ISS?  
18. Did looking at the earth from space change your vision of the world?  
19. Did you experience light flashes in your eyes in the dark? What is this  
like? Is this due to cosmic rays? 
20. After a while, do you feel  weightlessness as natural or does it remain a 
strange feeling?  

Georgia Tech Institute of Technology - Aerospace Engineering Dept,  Atlanta, 
GA, USA, via TBD

Peterson Elementary, Red  Springs, NC, USA, via TBD 

St. Albert the Great School,  North Royalton, Ohio, USA, direct via K8BVI 
Proposed questions  for St. Albert the Great:
1. How are you going to clean up the “space junk”  orbiting space? 
2*. How far away are you from home? [*Depends on actual  contact day and time]
2*. Where do you sleep in space? [*Depends on actual  contact day and time]3. 
Could you see the hurricanes from the space station and  if so, what did they 
look like?
4. What was your favorite part of  training?
5. If I would want to become an astronaut, how many years of  college would I 
need?  What type of degree, and how much additional  training would I need?
6. Is it hard to take a shower?
7. What was it like  at liftoff?
8. What would happen if one person on the spaceship needs surgery  or if one 
gets sick, or needs to be treated with medication in space?
9. How  do you maintain oxygen in the space station?
10. What is the most  life-changing experience you’ve had in space?
11*. How does gravity work on  earth? [*Depends on actual contact day and 
11*. Are you scared when you  “blast off”? [*Depends on actual contact day 
and time]
12. How do you carry  up enough oxygen to last the entire mission?
13. Are you collecting  anything?
14. What do you do if you get the stomach flu in space?  Can  you see the 
Great Wall of China from space?
15. How long will it be before  regular people can go into space?
16. How do you swallow food with zero  gravity?
17. If you could break rules and bring anything you wanted up to  space, what 
would you bring?
18. Is it hard to adjust to walking again once  you return to earth?

Sir James Lougheed Elementary  School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, via TBD 

J.D. Jackson Elementary, Dale, OK, USA, direct via  KD5GEZ

Parker School, Parker, South Dakota, USA, direct  via N0LAN

Cleveland Heights High School, Cleveland  Heights, OH, USA, direct via KC8SRG

E.L. DeGolyer  Elementary, Dallas, Texas, direct via K5DES

Bowie High  School, Bowie, Maryland, 2002-11-08, direct via TBD

STS  ESCOLA DE AVIAÇÃO CIVIL, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, direct via PY1KCF (***)

1°Circolo Didattico Statale (G.Settanni), Rutigliano, Italy,  direct via 
IZ7EVR  (***)

Currently the  ARISS operations team has a list of 60 schools that we 
hope will be able to  have a contact during 2005.   As the schedule becomes 
more solidified,  we will be letting everyone know.  Current plans call for an 
average of one  scheduled school contact per week.

Charlie Sufana  AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team mentors
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