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ARISS Event - Carman Park Elementary Wednesday (Dec 21) at 16:34 UTC

The next International Space Station's Expedition 12 ARISS school contact
will be with students at the Carman Park Elementary in Flint, Michigan, USA
on Wednesday, 21 December 2005. The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately 16:34 UTC.

This contact will be telebridged between stations NA1SS and WH6PN in Hawaii.
It should be audible to anyone in the Hawaiian Islands listening in on the
145.80 MHz downlink. Audio will also be provided via the following sources:

IRLP -  Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010.  
You may also connect via the IRLP Discovery website at

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

MCI listen only phone line:
CALL DATE:                            DEC-21-2005  (Wednesday)
CALL TIME:                             10:00 AM CENTRAL TIME
DURATION:                             45 min
LEADER:                                Mr. JOHN NICKEL
USA Toll Free Number:             888-455-9679
USA Toll Number:                    +1-210-839-8506
For security reasons, the pass code and the leader's name will be required
to join your call.

NASA-TV is planning to air portions of the audio during their normal live
broadcast. This is available via the web at

The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

Carman Park Elementary is one of six elementary schools in the
Carman/Ainsworth School District (Student population about 5,000). It has
only grades 4 and 5 and has about 170 students. Maryann Raske is a leader in
the district and is the principal at Carman Park. The students are involved
in 12 missions for expedition 12. Each mission has been a interactive,
hands-on experience for the students. They have used the computer, DVD's,
Videos, internet, and visuals for these missions. They have made a portfolio
which includes: pictures, e-mail postcards, web sites related to the ISS,
reports, science investigations, and many other items.
Maryann Raske is also the principal of Rankin Elementary, which is another
school in the district. Because of Ms Raske's dual principal role, we
decided to include Rankin's (two) 4th & (two) 5th grades in our ARISS
project. The two school's combined make about 250 students included in our

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 
1. Knowing that you will be in space for six months, can you e-mail your
wife Cindy and your two daughters, often?
2. 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. Does one person always have to be awake aboard the ISS?
5. Do you ever run into space debris or comets on the ISS?
6. Last week we made ecosystems with fish, could they live on the ISS.
7. Does the ISS run on only solar power?
8. Will you celebrate any of the holidays aboard the ISS?
9.  You have been in space three times before. What does it feel like when
you come back from space?
10. How will the new "Ultrasound" information help us get to Mars?
11. 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. Would the grass we grew in our terrarium grow on the ISS?
14. You wear glasses. Does space affect them (like fogging up)?
15. How much time do you have to do research aboard the ISS?
16. How long do you have to work out each day to stay healthy?
17. What do you like to do with your free time on the ISS?
18. What is the toughest thing for you aboard the ISS?
19. What precautions would you take, if one of your windows cracked?
20. What do you like to do the most aboard 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):
25th Asia Pacific Scout Jamboree 2005, Bangkok, Thailand, 2005-12-31  09:12

 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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