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ARISS Event -Cosmos Centre Charleville, Friday (Feb 17) at 07:35 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 12 ARISS school contact has been
planned with students at Cosmos Centre Charleville, Charleville, Australia
on Friday, 17 February 2006. The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately 07:35 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and WH6PN. The
contact should be audible to anyone in the Hawaiian Islands. Interested
parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Additional
listening options are listed below. The participants are expected to conduct
the conversation in English. 

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.)


To join the event:
URL: https://e-meetings.mci.com

To access the Audio Replay of this call, all parties  can:
1. Go to the URL listed above.
2. Choose Audio Streaming under Join  Events.
3. Enter the conference number and passcode.  (Note that if this  is a 
recurring event, multiple dates may be listed.)
Replays are available  for 30 days after the live event.

Located in the south-west Queensland town of Charleville (pop. 3500),
Charleville School of Distance Education provides distance education
services to approximately 250 students throughout a 400,000 km.sq. area of
southern & south-western Queensland.

The Charleville Cosmos Centre takes visitors on an astronomical journey
through the ages and across various civilizations - under some of the
clearest night skies in the Southern Hemisphere.  The spectacular clear
night skies of Outback Queensland offer some of the world's best sky
watching conditions.  Learning about the mysteries of the night skies & the
Aboriginal legends of the stars, are all part of the fun at the Cosmos

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

1. How long have you been an astronaut?  
2. How many times have you been in space? 
3. Do you enjoy being in space for long periods of time? 
4. How long would it take for you to go from Earth to Mars? 
5. Do you watch TV & how? 
6. How do you get to the toilet? 
7.  What happens if someone gets sick?  
8. How do you get oxygen and water? 
9. How long do you have to train before you can go up? 
10. What do you eat?  Do you eat chocolate bars and lollies? 
11. Do you encounter any life threatening problems in the space station and,
if so, how do you deal with them? 
12. How do you shower? 
13. How do you communicate?   
14. What size is the Space Station? 
15. Can you see any star constellations and how do they look?  
16. What do you do when you're not working?   
17. How do you get to Earth from space? How do you land? 
18. Is being an astronaut a career you would recommend for younger people? 

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS is currently not
rebroadcasting packet to avoid interference with 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

Next planned event(s):
SuitSat in orbit. Downlink on 145.99 MHz (Note: Extremely weak signals but
Engineer Week- National Building Museum in Washington, DC Sat 2006-02-18
Itaki Elementary School Fathers' Club  (Oyajinokai), Japan, Mon 2006-02-20
11:48 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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