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ARISS Events - Three contacts - Switzerland,Washington D.C. and Illinois, Fri (Sept 22)

Several International Space Station ARISS school contacts have been
planned for Friday, Sept 22. Thomas Reiter will speak with students at
the Gymnase Intercantonal de la Broye, Payerne, Switzerland on Friday,
22 Aug 2006 beginning about 10:44 UTC.  Students at George Washington
University in Washington D.C will speak with Anousheh Ansari about 16:49
UTC under control operator privileges of a US licensed crew member. On
the very next orbit at about 18:25 UTC, students at Crete-Monee Middle
School in Crete, IL will speak with ISS Exp 13 crew member Jeff

The contacts will be direct between stations DP0ISS and HB4FR for the
first event. The next two events will have NA1SS contacting KE4GDU and
then AJ9N for the third event . The contacts should be audible to anyone
in portions of Europe for the first pass and then Eastern Canada and the
Eastern United States for the last two events. Interested parties are
invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.   

Information about the three schools follows: 

The Gymnase Intercantonal de la Broye is located in the town of Payerne,
40 km southwest of Bern, in the French speaking part of Switzerland. It
first opened in August 2005 with 300 students. The class M1d , having
the ARISS QSO is composed of 23 students (17 girls and 6 boys), aged
between 15 and 17 years. Their studies will end up with a Certificate of
Maturity. The class is conducted by Mrs. Florence Lamon, and the school
director is Mr. Thierry Maire.  The QSO will be held in the museum "Clin
d'Ailes", located on the Payerne Swiss Airforce Base. The museum "Clin
d'Ailes" shows the military aeronautics of the second half of the 20th
century. The president of the Museum Foundation is Mr. Claude Nicollier,
first Swiss Astronaut. Mr. Nicollier will be with the students during
the QSO. After the QSO, the students will follow the Swiss Space Days
activities organized by the Swiss Astronautics Association in the
Gymnase and the museum "Clin d'Ailes".

The George Washington University had its beginning in 1821 as The
Columbian College in the District of Columbia. The name of the
institution was changed in 1873 to Columbian University and in 1904 to
The George Washington University. The debt of the University to George
Washington, whose name it bears, is an intangible one.
The George Washington University, an independent academic institution
chartered by the Congress of the United States in 1821, dedicates itself
to furthering human well-being. The University values a dynamic,
student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual
diversity and built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and
openness to the exploration of new ideas.

Located just 30 minutes south of Chicago, Crete-Monee School District
201-U is situated in a dynamic south suburban community. This
award-winning district boasts one of the most envied mathematics
programs in the State of Illinois, a national choral music program and a
full menu of exciting varsity athletics. With a growing population of
nearly 5,000 students in grades K-12, School District 201-U serves the
villages of Crete, Monee, Park Forest, University Park and the
unincorporated townships of Crete and Monee. The district offers a
diverse community of students, teachers and staff who value creativity,
a love of learning and a commitment to excellence!

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS has not been functioning
in the automatic modes properly and may be silent more than usual.
Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact .

Next planned event(s): 

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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