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ARISS Event - DeGolyer Elem., Tue (Feb 07) at 1632 UTC



An International Space Station Expedition 12 ARISS school contact has been
planned with students at E.L. DeGolyer Elementary, Dallas, Texas, USA on
Tuesday, 07 February 2006.The event is scheduled to begin at approximately
16:32 UTC.

The contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and K5DES. The contact
should be audible to anyone in the Central 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. 

DeGolyer Elementary School is located in North Dallas, TX, and has served
the community for about 34 years.  It was named after the late Everett Lee
DeGolyer, the founder of applied petroleum geophysics.  Enrollment currently
stands at over 400 students in grades K through 6.  

DeGolyer Elementary is a Pilot School in the ARRL's Big Project, a program
to get Amateur Radio into the Schools.  Under the direction of Sanlyn Kent,
KD5LXO, and co-sponsor Richard Aguilar, K5LXM, the school has trained and
graduated many new Amateur Radio Operators and they regularly operate their
club station, K5DES.  All of the students asking questions today are Amateur
Radio Operators.

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

1. How many orbits have you made so far in this mission and how many times
have you been over Texas?
2. How long is your working day and how do you know when to go to bed and
when to get up?
3. What is the biggest effect micro gravity has had on your body?
4. How does it feel when you return to earth and has anything strange or
funny happened to you when you did?
5. What are some of the jobs you do on the ISS that you enjoy doing?
6. What are the jobs you don't like to do?
7. What do you do in your leisure time and do you play jokes on each other?
What is your best joke story?
8. What do you do with the trash?
9. Have you taken animals or other organisms into space to test?  If so,
what kind of animals or organisms?
10. Have you ever gotten hurt on the job?
11. How do you stay physically fit in space?
12. What is your favorite space food?
13. What is your least favorite space food?
14. What inspired you to become an astronaut?
15. You have said that you read science fiction when you were a kid.  What
sci-fi books would you recommend for young kids who want to be astronauts?
16. What training is required to become an astronaut?
17. Do you have a Personal Satellite Assistant or other robot?  What kind of
jobs does it help with?  What color is it?  Have you given it a pet name?
18. How many experiments are you conducting on this mission?  Have any of
them backfired?
19. How do you shave and cut your hair in micro gravity?
20. How fast does the space station travel?
21. How do you communicate with your family and how often do you get to talk
to them?
22. Was it scary the first time you went into space?
23. How long does it take to get from Earth to the ISS and did you enjoy the
ride up?  

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS is currently in an
experimental relay mode trying to capture SuitSat audio. Please refrain from
transmissions on the SuitSat downlink.  Voice contacts with the ISS are
still possible using the standard voice uplink frequencies. Information
about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact.

Next planned event(s):
SuitSat in orbit. Downlink on 145.99 MHz (Note: Extremely weak signals but
operating)
Pine Ridge Middle School, Naples, FL, USA,  Wed 2006-02-08 15:24
Cosmos Centre Charleville, Charleville, Australia, Fri  2006-02-17 07:34 
Engineer Week- National Building Museum in Washington, DC Sat 2006-02-18
16:04  

 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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