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FW: ARISS event -Erweiterte Realschule Weiskirchen, Germany,Saturday (May 05) 13:39 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 15 ARISS school contact has
been planned with students at Erweiterte Realschule Weiskirchen, Germany
on 05 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:39 UTC.

The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and DN1ERW. The
contact should be audible in most of Europe. Interested parties are
invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are
expected to conduct the conversation in English.

ERS Weiskirchen is a general education school where the pupils can
achieve a standard and secondary graduation. The school participates as
one of 11 pilot schools from the federal states Saarland,
Rheinland-Pfalz and Hessen in the project "Innovative all-day school".
As special example concerning the project, the school has successfully
performed the launch of a balloon to the stratosphere in cooperation
with the radio club "DARC Ortsverbandes Wadern, Q21". Following this
contact with radio technology, a core-team of interested pupils has been
formed. With the support of radio amateurs, a radio station has been set
up and a radio club has been founded. Several students have passed
examinations and are now amateur radio licensees, operating with their
own callsign. 

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 
1. What subjects do you need to have studied to become an astronaut?
2. How long did you need to prepare yourself for the flight?
3. What amateur radio equipment is there on the ISS?
4. Can the radio apparatus be kept on continuous operation or would that
use up too much energy?
5. Besides the Earth, can you see other planets with the naked eye from
the ISS?
6. Is it possible to recognize buildings on Earth from the ISS?
7. There are often wildfires on Earth. Could you see any of them from
the ISS?
8. How many sunrises and sunsets can you see as you orbit the Earth and
how do you manage your own waking and sleeping patterns?
9. How do you utilize your free time on board? 
10. Do you snore more or less in weightlessness of Space than you do on
11. Are you repelled backwards when you sneeze in Space? 
12. How did you feel during the shuttle launch? 
13. When did you last take a shower? 
14. What are your expectations of your stay in Space and is there
anything that you would particularly wish to achieve? 
15. Does your seat belt have to be fastened whilst you are sleeping? 
16. Do you need be physically fit to become an astronaut? 
17. If someone falls ill aboard the ISS, how can they receive help? 
18. How did you feel during the shuttle launch? 
19. Do you need to do special exercise to improve muscle strength before
you return to Earth? 
20. What do you eat aboard the ISS and how do you overcome the
difficulties of eating in a weightless environment? 

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS is not 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): 
Sunset Mesa Schools,  Albuquerque, New Mexico, direct via W5SCA, Wed
2007-05-09  14:39 UTC
Escola Secundaria de Estarreja, Estarreja,  Portugal, direct via CT6ESE,
Wed 2007-05-09 14:58 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

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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