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ARISS Events - Itaki Elementar and Gerogia Tech, Thur (Jan 19) at 07:49 and 15:05



International Space Station's Expedition 12 ARISS school contacts have been
planned with students at the Itaki Elementary School Fathers' Club
(Oyajinokai), Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan  on Thursday, 19 January
2006. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 07:49  UTC. Later
that day, a second school contact with students at the Georgia Tech
Institute of Technology - Aerospace Engineering Dept, Atlanta, GA, USA will
take place at approximately 15:05 UTC.

Both contacts will be direct between stations NA1SS and 8J4I then NA1SS and
W4AQL. The Itaki contact should be audible to anyone in Eastern portions of
Asia and all of Japan. The Georgia Tech contact will be audible to any in
the Southeastern region of the USA. Interested parties are invited to listen
in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the
conversation in English. 
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Itaki elementary school was founded in 1873 and has a long tradition. As the
school's rule is "Try hard and sincerity and honesty". At the present we try
to achieve a good balance of intellectual, moral and physical education. At
the present we have 338 students and 23 teachers. Near our school is one of
the most characteristic mountains of the region. There is a stream close to
the school and we are surrounded by beautiful nature. All students
participating in the contact are 11 years old and in the 5th grade.

Students at Itaki will ask as many of the following questions as time
allows: 
 
1. What kind of activities can you do only in space and not on earth?
2. What happens when you suddenly open the door of the Space Station?
3. How do you drink water?
4. What kind of activities are much more difficult to do in space than on
earth?
5. In what position do you sleep at night?
6. What is your favorite space food?
7. Which do you like better?  Normal earth food or space food?
8. Why did you become an astronaut?
9. Can you use electricity on board?
10. Can you see the sun from the station?
11. How do you feel floating in Space Station?
12. Have you ever spilled water and tried to drink it?
13. What is the most beautiful star in space?
14. How many parsons can stay at the Space Station?
15. How many times have you been to space?
16. How did you feel on your first trip to space?
17. What does space mean to you?
18. What on earth can be seen from the station?
19. The earth is said to be blue. What kind of blue is it?
20. Have you ever seen a meteorite?
21. Do you sweat in space?
22. To what kind of music do you listen at the station?
23. Can you take animals to space?
24. Have you seen a black hole?
25. May it happen that a meteorite hits the Space Station?
26. Have you ever seen an alien?

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The Georgia Institute of Technology, established in 1885, is one of the
preeminent engineering educational and research institutions in the United
States.  The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering was founded
in 1930 on a grant from the Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of
Aeronautics.  The current faculty advisor for the Georgia Tech Amateur Radio
Club is Dr. Paul Steffes, W8ZI, who is also a collaborator in a variety of
interplanetary missions, including the recent Cassini mission to Saturn. 

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

1. What has been your favorite experiment in space?
2. How does the docking/undocking system of the ISS work?
3. What are some of the scientific benefits of continuing the ISS program,
and how does the ISS help bring us closer to our goals of revisiting the
moon and reaching Mars?
4. Are there any messy astronauts who leave clothing and dirty dishes around
the station?
5. How do you "ground" the electrical systems and interior surfaces of a
spacecraft in the absence of "earth potential" in order to make surfaces
safe for human contact?
6. Have you discovered any crew dynamic issues that should be explored
further in a terrestrial analogue setting?
7. What do you miss most about life in gravity?
8. What happens if a fire occurs?
9. What has been your greatest contribution to exploration during this
mission?
10. What entertainment do you have on the ISS?
11. How far can the EVA tether be stretched, and what is it made of?
12. How do you prepare mentally to live for months on the ISS with only one
other person? 
13. Does viewing the earth from space change your perspective?
14. Are there any manufacturing processes that are so efficient in
zero-gravity that a space factory could be justified?
15. Does the enormity of space cause you any anxiety during EVAs, and if so,
how do you cope with it?
16. How do you relax during your small amount of free time?
17. How do you use the bathroom?
18. What is the biggest challenge you've faced during this mission?

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):
Riverhead Central  School District - Aquebogue School, Aquebogue, NY, USA,
Tue Jan 24 18:48 UTC
Cadet Ham Radio Club, United States Military Academy, West  Point, NY, USA,
Thu  Jan 26 13:13 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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