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ARISS Event - Mt Carmel High School Thursday (Dec 15) at 15:42 UTC

The next International Space Station's Expedition 12 ARISS school contact
will be with students at the Mt Carmel High School in San Diego, California,
USA on Thursday, 15 December 2005. The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately 15:42 UTC.

This contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and KG6EQU, so it should
be audible to anyone in the western United States and northwestern portions
of Mexico listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are
expected to conduct the conversation in English. 

Mt. Carmel High School is located in Rancho Penasquitos, a hilly,
residential community of northern San Diego.  They are just a few miles from
the Pacific Ocean, and about an hour's drive from the Mt. Palomar
Observatory. The school's enrollment is about 2,200 students. We have a
diverse student population, with many different languages spoken as the
primary language at home, including a number of students whose first
language is Russian. Our school is undergoing a major remolding effort. Part
of that remodeling effort included accommodations for the Mt. Carmel High
School Amateur Radio Club antennas.

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

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):
Carman Park Elementary School, Flint, MI USA 2005-12-21  16:34 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 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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