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ARISS Event - Bowie High School, Bowie, Maryland , Friday (Mar 1 7) at 15:10 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 12 ARISS school contact has been
planned with students at Bowie High School, Bowie, Maryland, USA on Friday,
17 March 2006. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:10 UTC.

The contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and KB3KAR. The contact
should be audible to anyone along portions of the East coast of the United
States. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz

Bowie High School is a comprehensive public high school located in the
Northeastern Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. Bowie High was established
in 1965.  There are currently more than 2700 students in grades 9 through
12, and roughly 200 professional staff members at Bowie High and its nearby
annex. Among its alumni is current astronaut Richard R. Arnold II, assigned
to the Hardware Integration Team in the Space Station Branch working with
JAXA hardware.

Students at Bowie High School will ask as many of the following questions as
time allows: 

1. How did you feel, emotionally, when you entered space for the first time
and realized you were no longer earth-bound?
2. Is being in space worth the time you have to be away from your family?
3. For data storage, does the space station (NASA) have plans to upgrade to
entirely flash based media?
4. Do you feel a greater kinship with mankind after seeing our planet from
5. How has being a part of Expedition 12 affected your relationship with
your family?
6. If you were to look out of the window right now, what would you see?
7. Здраствуйте, Как выглядят северные огни, смотря из космоса? С чем вы это
сравнили бы  на земле? 
(Translation: Hello, how do the northern lights look like from out of space?
How would you compare them to something on Earth?)
8. What advice would you give to an aspiring astronaut?
9. What is the worst part of being an astronaut?
10. What kind of feeling do you get when you view earth from Space?
11. How has walking in space and being an astronaut affected your
relationship with God, or a Supreme Being?
12. Do you have to be careful at not looking at the sun when you are on a
space walk?
13. How far can you see in space with the naked eye?  Do the stars and
planets appear visible?
14. How does the future look for the Space Station?
15. How does it feel to walk on earth, literally, after being in
microgravity for such a long time?
16. What are the everyday hazards of living on the Space Station?
17. Как вы предотвращаете всталкивания вашей станции с космическими
объектами, например кометы или астероиды?           
 (Translation: How do you prevent the International Space Station from
colliding with cosmic objects, i.e. comets or asteroids?)
18. During your time in space, have you ever feared for your life?
19. When you have a bleeding wound, how do the blood drops form, and where
do they go?
20. How do you react when you have to confront an obstacle or event you
haven't been trained for?

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS will be turned off prior to
the contact It will be returned to regular amateur radio operations as soon
as possible afterwards. Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact
can be found at http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact.

Next planned event(s):
Cleveland Heights High  School, Cleveland Heights, OH, USA, Fri 2006-03-17
16:45 UTC 
1°Circolo Didattico Statale (G.Settanni), Rutigliano,  Italy, Tue 2006-03-21
13:54 UTC 
Sir James  Lougheed Elementary School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Tue
2006-03-21 18:17 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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