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ARISS event - Heidelberg University for Applied Sciences,Heidelberg, Germany, Monday (Sep 24) 08:00 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 15 ARISS school contact has
been planned with participants at Heidelberg University for Applied
Sciences, Heidelberg, Germany on 24 Sep. The event is scheduled to begin
at approximately 08:00 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and WH6PN. The
contact should be audible in Hawaii. Interested parties are invited to
listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. In addition, the audio should be
available via IRLP and EchoLink. The participants are expected to
conduct the conversation in English. 

Currently, we build a CubeSat-Satellite called HeidelSat. It should
measure cosmic rays. The launch is planned for September 2009. Also we
build a ground station for it with a satellite dish having a diameter of
3,4m. It will operate in July 2007. In that project we do involve
children from the age of 12 years onwards. Currently the do meet every
Wednesday to prepare for the radio amateur license exam which will take
place on September 7th. Also, of course students are involved in that
project. If we can have an organized radio contact with the
International Space Station, we would then invite all schools around
Heidelberg area for that event. We plan to present films about Sputnik,
Gagarin, Apollo11, Jules Verne's story "The travel to the Moon". Also we
plan to invite Prof. Messerschmitt from Stuttgart to give a talk. And of
course we present our HeidelSat.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. How does a compass work on the ISS?
2. What was the reason for you to participate in this extraordinary
mission, and will your expectations be fulfilled?
3. Is there anything human you can see from space?
4. How much free time do you have and how do you spend it?
5. Has the International Space Station already rammed space scrap metal?
6. As there is no gravitation is it possible to take a shower on the
7. Was it your childhood dream to become an astronaut?
8. What is the coolest thing you have seen or done on the ISS yet?
9. Do you miss your family when you are in Space?
10. Can you describe what you feel when you see the Earth from above?
11. You have spent six months in space. Are you happy to come back to
12. Which training did you get to become an astronaut?
13. Do watches work in Space? Does one have a feeling of time in Space?
14. Have you ever seen an asteroid near your space station?
15. Do you do optical observation in meteorite research, if so what do
you see?
16. Are all of you able to do all the tasks on the ISS or are you
specialized for only a few tasks?
17. How does your emergency-flat look like if your resources come to an
end, the oxygen is scarce or a vital part of the International Space
Station is destroyed and you cannot be reached from the earth?
18. How do you brush your teeth on the ISS?
19. What do you do if some member gets seriously sick, for example, an
acute appendicitis and needs to get an operation?
20. How do you organize your daily life? Do you have any privacy?

Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact . Packet is now active
on 145.825 simplex but will be shut down prior to the Soyuz relocation
activity planned for Sep 27.

Next planned event(s): 
1. Goforth Elementary  School, Clear Creek, Texas, telebridge via WH6PN
Wed 2007-09-26 16:52 UTC

2. Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC., telebridge via
WH6PN Sat 2007-09-29 16:28 UTC

3. Town of Anamizu ARISS School Contact Executive Committee,
Anamizu-town, Housu-gun Ishikawa, Japan, via  8J9ISS  Sat 2007-10-06
09:24 UTC

4. Prairielands Council, Boy Scouts of America,  Space Jamboree Camp
Robert Drake (Oakwood, IL), Champaign, Illinois, telebridge  via VK4KHZ
Sat 2007-10-06 19:12 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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