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ARISS events - Miyahara, Japan, CAMUS, France and Sandburg,WA, USA, Mon (Apr 02)



International Space Station ARISS school contacts have been planned with participants at Miyahara Elementary School, Saitama, Japan, CAMUS, Viry Châtillon, France and Carl Sandburg Elementary - Lake Washington School  District, Kirkland, Washington, USA on 02 April. The events are scheduled to begin at approximately 0914 UTC, 1335 UTC and 1935 UTC respectively.

The first contact will be a direct between NA1SS and 8J1KW, the second is also a direct between stations OR4ISS and F8BPA. The third contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contacts should be audible over Japan, Europe and then western North America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Audio from the telebridge contact should also be available via the AMSAT conference on EchoLink and via the 9010 Discovery reflector on IRLP. The participants are expected to conduct the first conversation in Japanese and the following two conversations in English.

The Miyahara elementary school was founded as a Kamo school on May 30, 1873.  Now, our school has 35 classes and about 1200 children. Koichi Wakata was taught at our school from 1st grade to 4th grade.

Participants from the Miyahara will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Chikyu jyou demo muhyuuryoku ha taiken dekimasuka (Can I experience the micro gravity even on the earth?)
2. Jiyu jikan ha naniwo simasuka (What do you do at free time?)
3. Ucyu deha douyatte gohanwo taberu nodesuka (How does it eat meal in space?)
4. Ucyu sute-syon kara nagare boshiwo takusann miemasuka (Do you see a lot of shooting stars from the space station?)
5. Fuku ha sentaku dekirunodesuka (Can you washed your clothes?)
6. Ucyu deha douyatte neru nodesuka (How do you sleep in space?)
7. Ucyu deha tewo arautoki dousuru nodesuka (How do you do when the hand is washed in space?)
8. Discovery go ha donokuraino hayasade tonndeirunodesuka (How fast does the discovery fly?)
9. Tano eisei ha kokusai ucyu sute-syon to butsukattari sinainodesuka (Do other satellites knock against the International Space Station?)
10. Ucyu ni hougakuha arimasuka Hoijisyaku wo motte ittara dounarimasuka (Is there a direction in space? How do it become it if the azimuth magnetic needle is taken?)
11. Byoukini natte simatta baaiha donoyounisite naosunodeuka (How do you care of your health when getting sick in space?)
12. Myjyuryoku te don na kanjidesuka (What feeling is micro gravity?)
13. Ucyu ni ikuto honega yowakunaranaiyouni donoyouna doryokuwo nasatteimasuka (What effort do you do so that the bone should not weaken when going to space?)
14. Ucyu ni detasyunkanha don na kibunndesuka (What feelings is it momentarily by reaching to space?)


Two schools are participating in the ARISS Project on the occasion of the centenary of the Port Aviation aerodrome which was once located in Viry-Châtillon.

The Albert Camus school currently has 180 pupils divided into 8 forms from 1st to 5th grade. It also has the distinctive feature of being the only school in the area to be open to visually impaired children gathered within a specialized form. These children who are either partially sighed or blind are provided education in a small group class, and on specific time slots, they are also integrated into the ordinary classes that have 26 pupils on average. The 5th grade class that is participating in this project has 28 pupils, 14 boys and 14 girls, aged 9 to 11.

The Jules Verne school has some 240 pupils divided into 11 forms going from 1st to 5th grade. In this school some children of non French speaking origin or background are taken care of on specific time slots and within a specialized class to learn French. This school is also located in a Priority Education Area. The 4th grade class that is participating in this project has 22 pupils, 10 girls and 12 boys, aged 8 to 10.

On the occasion of ARISS Project, the pupils of both forms have met many times. This resulted in the setting up of a website on the work that has been achieved since the beginning of the academic year and which will be carried on until the satellite link with the astronauts. The website address is the following: http://ecole.verne.free.fr/contact/

Participants from CAMUS will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What course of study must one pursue to become an astronaut and go to space?
2. What kind of feelings or emotions do you have during the taking-off or landing phases of the shuttle?
3. Have you got a timetable that you must strictly follow?
4. Do you often have the opportunity to communicate with your family and friends on Earth? And, if so, by what means ?
5. Have you ever carried out animal experiments on the ISS?
6. Is there anything lacking in terms of comfort?
7. Have you ever fallen sick on the ISS? If so, what did you do?
8. Do all of you wake up at the same time everyday or do you keep to your usual waking-up time when in your home country?
9. Did you celebrate Christmas on the International Space Station?
10. How long does it take for you to put on a spacesuit?
11. Did you ever hit objects?
12. Did you ever break down from living in confinement and being away from your family?
13. Is there any event out there that frightened you or made you feel panicky?
14. What is the best moment that you can think of since you have been on the International Space Station ?
15. What is the temperature on the ISS?
16. Has the ISS ever broken down? What steps are to be taken in such case?
17. Does it taste the same as on Earth when you swallow water or fruit juice bubbles?
18. Which module do you prefer on the ISS and for what reason?
19. Do you see the moon and sun as when looking at them from Earth?
20. What sensations do you feel once you are back on Earth, especially with regard to walking (capacities)?


Located in Kirkland, Carl Sandburg Elementary School is a neighborhood school with an enrollment of 497 students in grades kindergarten through six. In addition to the Sand-burg programs, Sandburg hosts Discovery Community School as well as the Quest Pull-Out Enrichment program three days each week. Our goal is that all students will become collaborative workers, quality producers, self-directed learners and community contributors. Every member of the Sandburg staff is committed to creating meaningful learning experiences and maintaining an environment of collaboration, connection, support and academic rigor to en-sure the success of each of our students. Sandburg has a very active and involved PTSA that provides significant support to our school in many ways. Our generous parents support the Carl Sandburg community with over 35 enrichment activities including, math, science, the arts, chess, sports, and leadership, as well as tutoring services and homework support. These extracurricular activities and events enhance the experience and education of every student.

Participants from the Sandburg will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What does Earth look like from outer space?
2. How do people exercise in space?
3. How does the rocket move?
4. What is the prettiest planet?
5. When you are floating is everything the same weight?
6. What is it like landing? What is it like taking off?
7. Do you get claustrophobic up in space? If so, how do you train for that?
8. Does it take more energy to move when weightless than to walk?
9. What do you see in space when you are coming back to earth? (re-entry)
10. Why did you go up there (for new science information, pleasure or another reason)?
11. How much energy does the ISS use?
12. What type of school did you have to go to train?
13. When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
14. What was the hardest part of training?
15. What were you think when you were about to take off?
16. What food did you get to eat while on your mission?
17. How did you sleep without floating away?
18. What are you bringing up with you (if anything)?
19. Did you get scared or frightened when you go up in space?
20. Do they make you do anything unnecessary?

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

Next planned event(s):
Kawanishi Seiwadai comm. center, Hyogo, Japan, Thu 2009-04-09 07:37 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 countries.

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 Canada).

Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO

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