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ARISS Event - Euro Space Center, Transinne, Belgium, Tuesday (June 13) at 13:39 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 13 ARISS school contact has
been planned with participants at the Euro Space Center, Transinne,
Belgium on Tuesday, 13 June, 2006. The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately 13:39 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and W6SRJ. The
contact should be audible to anyone in the western portions of North
America. 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 -  The audio from this contact will be available on the
EchoLink *AMSAT*  (node 101 377) and the *JK1ZRW* (node 277 208)
conference rooms. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load
light on the *AMSAT* server.  This will ensure good audio quality for
all listeners. 
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.

The Euro Space Center (ESC) is a residential (100 beds) Space Camp (US
license) for youngsters (8-18 old).  Each session is 5 days long.  ESC
is located in Belgium, near Bastogne (see Battle of the Bulge, Christmas
1944).  Youngsters from many European countries come on Space Camp to
ESC where monitors handle several languages.  ESC also hosts a permanent
Space Expo and a restaurant open to visitors as well as amateur radio
club station ON4ESC.   

Participants at ESC will ask as many of the following questions as time

1. How does one feel in space, psychologically speaking? 
2. Did you have to face unexpected issues during launch or after
3. How is a typical working day onboard the ISS?  When do you get up and
how many hours do you have to work?  When do you go to bed? 
4. A practical question: what do you do with bodily waste? 
5. What kind of studies are best suited to become an astronaut? 
6. Has it ever happened that an astronaut had to leave the space station
on short notice because of illness or accident? 
7. They say that a manned flight to Mars should be possible around 2020.
Do you think this is realistic? 
8. Was the Indian Tsunami visible from the ISS? 
9. Does the faulty electrical oxygen generator worry you?  Is a
replacement being planned? 
10. Is the space station a noisy environment? 
11. Would the Soyuz, the Progress and the future European ATV be
sufficient to maintain a permanent crew onboard the ISS if the space
shuttles failed to fly?
12. Isn't it risky to have both crewmembers perform an EVA together
while the station is left unmanned? 
13. Can you see the fumes of the Etna volcano in Sicily or other
14. Are meteor tracks in the atmosphere visible from the ISS like we can
observe shooting stars from earth? 
15. When you look at the rising moon, does she look bigger than when she
is high in the sky, or is this an earthbound phenomenon? 
16. The experiments you perform onboard will possibly benefit life on
earth.  Can you give an example? 
17. Is the pollution of the earth visible from the ISS? 
18. Did looking at the earth from space change your vision of the world?

19. Did you experience light flashes in your eyes in the dark?  What is
this like?  Is this due to cosmic rays? 
20. After a while, do you feel weightlessness as natural or does it
remain a strange feeling? 

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

Next planned event(s):
Crossband Repeater mode active on June 22 for QRP stations operating
ARRL Field Day. See ARRL web article for more details.

 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

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

Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO
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