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Upcoming ARISS contact with Arsaniq School, Kangiqsujuaq,Waken Bay, Quebec, Canada

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Arsaniq School, Kangiqsujuaq, Waken Bay, Quebec, Canada on 31 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:26 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and LU8YY. The contact should be audible over portions of Argentina. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


Kangiqsujuaq in the Inuit Inuktituk language means (Large Bay). Population 605 and is situated on Wakeham Bay, 10 km from the Hudson Strait. This community is in Nunavik at the top of the province of Quebec and is surrounded by majestic mountains above the 55th. Wakeham Bay was named after Capt. William Wakeham. In 1897 he led an expedition to determine if Hudson Strait was safe for navigation. The Inuit people harvest mussels in the winter. After the tide has receded, they cut holes in the sea ice and lower themselves through the holes to the ocean floor and crawl around on the ocean floor under the ice to harvest the mussels. Fishing and hunting is also a large part of their survival. In 1914 the Hudson Bay established a trading post. In 1960 the first school opened. Today copper and nickel is mined in the area. Attractions: Pingualuit National Park accessible from Kangiqsujuaq. Archaeological sites 15 km's from the village dating back 1200 years during the Dorset period, as well as remnants of semi-subterranean houses built by the Inuit of the Thule period, 800 years ago.



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


1.  What made you want to become an astronaut?

2.  What kind of research do you do and why?

3.  What is the cost for one astronaut going to the space station?

4.  How many space station related launches happen in a year?

5.  How does it feel when you take off?

6.  How do you spend your free time in space?

7.  How long does it take for the shuttle to get to the space station?

8.  Do the stars and moon look different from space?

9.  Does your body feel pain without gravity?

10. What kind of food do you eat and who cooks?

11. How do you know if it is day or night in space?

12. Do the Northern Lights look different from space?

13. Have you done a spacewalk?

14. How hard is it to dress in space?

15. How do you take a shower in space?

16. What happens when you flush the toilet in space?

17. How often do you talk to your family?

18. Can you use the internet from space?

19. How long have you been in space?

20. How many people are on the space station right now?

21. Is the trip back home very different?



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


Next planned event(s):


   1. Collège Joseph Chassigneux,  VINAY, France, direct via F6KJJ

      Tue, 1 Feb 2011 07:02 UTC 


   2. Buehl-Realschule Dornstadt, Dornstadt, Germany, direct via   


      Wed, 2 Feb 2011 07:32 UTC 


   3. Adobe Bluffs Elementary School, San Diego, CA, direct via KJ6KDZ

      Thu, 3 Feb 2011 17:12 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 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,

David - AA4KN

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