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ARISS Event - Timber Creek HS, Thur (Feb 02) at 1744 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 12 ARISS school contact has been
planned with students at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, FL, USA on
Thursday, 02 February 2006.The event is scheduled to begin at approximately

The contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and KC4IYO. The contact
should be audible to anyone 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. 

Timber Creek High School is a four-year-old large suburban high school
located in Orange County Florida. We are approximately 30 miles from the
Kennedy Space Center and can clearly see shuttle launches from our windows!
A number of our students have parents who work in the space industry. Our
4000 students represent a multitude of different nationalities and native
languages. Many students are the first generations of their families to live
in the United States.

The classes that will be communicating with the ISS are all Advanced
Placement Biology students. Thus, many of our questions are oriented toward
physiological issues. Most of the students are 10th graders, although there
are also some 9th, 11th, and 12th graders. 

Students at Timber Creek will ask as many of the following questions as time

1. What methods are used to counter bone loss during space missions and can
any of these methods be used to reduce bone loss in humans on earth?
2. When you return to earth, what are the greatest physical problems that
you might experience after spending so much time in zero-gravity, and how
will you deal with them?
3. Is it true that astronauts consume more calories per day in space then
they do on earth and, if so, why?
4. Commander McArthur, I understand that your wife is a great cook, so what
is the first thing that you are going to ask her to make for you when you
get home?
5. How often do you get to communicate with your families and how do you
deal with being lonely?
6. How do you deal with routine dental or medical problems and what would
you do if someone became critically ill in space?
7. Are you growing any plants in the ISS and if so, how are they being used
and what problems do you have when trying to grow them?
8. How long does it take to prepare for a spacewalk, what types of things do
you have to do, and what are the greatest dangers that you face while
outside of the station?
9. How long did you have to train for this mission, did you have to travel a
lot, and are all crew members required to be fluent in both Russian and
10. Compared to its current size, how much larger will the space station
get, how many people will it eventually be able to maintain, and are you
adding any major parts during your mission?
11. Can you give us some examples of how findings from your current research
projects might be used to improve life on earth?
12. Sports fans and players keep track of stats and scores in their sport;
do astronauts know lots of details about previous space missions?
13. How much lead time did you need to prepare for the docking of the
Progress 20, what were the most significant dangers involved if the
automatic or manual procedures had failed, and is the craft recoverable if
it misses its connection on the first try?
14. When you have to change or replace mechanical parts inside of the ISS,
how worried do you get about making a mistake, and what is the worst mistake
that you could possibly make?
15. What are some of the greatest personal challenges that you have to face
during space missions and how do you deal with them?
16. Commander McArthur, how was training for this mission different from the
training for your much shorter shuttle missions?
17. Are there major differences between U.S. and Russian spacesuits and, if
so, are you only allowed to wear a spacesuit from your own country?
18. Aside from bone loss, what are some of the most significant changes that
occur in a human body during long periods of weightlessness and do these
changes differ with gender?

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):
SuitSat Deploy, Feb 3, EVA starts about 2220 UTC. Downlink on 145.99 MHz
Dale High  School, Dale, OK, USA, Tue 2006-02-07 14:56
E.L. DeGolyer Elementary, Dallas, TX, USA, Tue 2006-02-07 16:32
Pine Ridge Middle School, Naples, FL, USA,  Wed 2006-02-08 15:24

 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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