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ARISS event - Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor,Michigan USA, Sat (Dec 27) at 15:59 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has
been planned with participants at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor,
Michigan USA on 27 December. The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately 1559 UTC.

The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and WA2HOM. The
contact should be audible over most of N. America. Interested parties
are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants
are expected to conduct the conversation in English. 

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is 40,000 square feet of science, math and
fun located in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. Opening in 1982, the Museum
has welcomed over 3.5 million guests, averaging 200,000 guests annually.
The Museum has received national recognition by the National Science
Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the
Association of Science and Technology Centers. Named Best Museum in 2003
by The Detroit Free Press, The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is consistently
rated the Best Kids' Activity in the annual "Best of Ann Arbor" list.

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

1. How long is day and night up in space?
2. How do you wash your clothes, bodies and teeth in space?
3. What type of food do you eat?
4. What work are you currently doing in space?
5. How do you exercise in space?
6. Have you gone outside the space station yet? 
7. How long are your work shifts, and what do you do during your free
8. Do you make oxygen there? How do you breathe?
9. How does it feel to come back into the earth's atmosphere?
10. How long can one stay in the ISS? 
11. Can the ISS function unmanned or is the continual presence of the
crew essential? 
12. Where do you get electricity from in the station? 
13. What is the best part of your job?
14. What is the most amazing thing that you have seen from space?
15. How can you tell if it is day or night in space when you are inside
the ISS?
16. Is there a limit of how many days a person can live on the ISS and
stay in space?
17. What was the first thing you did when you got into space?
18. How long does it take to get from Earth to the ISS?
19. Is there a limiting age to become an astronaut?
20. Do plants grow differently in space and how do you water them?

Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at
http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact . 

Next planned event(s): 
Technopolis, Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium, telebridge via VK4KHZ, Sat
2009-01-03 10:35 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.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of

Thank you & 73, 
Kenneth - N5VHO 

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