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Upcoming ARISS contact with Adobe Bluffs Elementary School,San Diego, CA

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School, San Diego, CA on 3 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:12 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KJ6KDZ. The contact should be audible over the western US. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


Adobe Bluffs Elementary School (ABES) opened in 1992 and is located in the northwestern section of Rancho de Los Peñasquitos. It is a wonderful model of a neighborhood school and the pride and joy of the community. A caring, collaborative atmosphere has become its trademark. Building on a strong tradition of volunteerism and business support, a culture has been firmly established by the school community to work tirelessly, side by side to maximize student academic and social growth. The student population is ethnically and culturally diverse. Adobe Bluffs consistently receives recognition for its commitment to students and learning: * in 1998 and 2006 our school received the California Distinguished School Award. In 2010 Adobe Bluffs was ranked in the top tier of schools in California and had an API of 946.


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


1.  Can you bring your pets with you to space?

2.  What does the food taste like? What "earth food" do you miss most?

3.  What is the most important thing you want us to know about the ISS?

4.  How long can an astronaut be in space?

5.  Does the ISS ever change speed? How do you get your fuel and how much do  

    you use?

6.  Did you know when you were a kid that you wanted to be an astronaut? Why 

    did you become an astronaut?

7.  What is your biggest fear when you are up in space?

8.  How many years of school and training did you have to become an 


9.  What do you think will be the future of space travel?

10. How do you take care of astronauts with a medical condition?

11. What was the worst technical difficulty you have ever had in space?

12. In the station when the air conditioning broke, what was the temperature?

13. What is one of the most memorable things you have done in space?

14. After being in space for a long time, with hardly any gravity, does it 

    feel awkward walking on earth again?

15. What are the pros and cons of having gravity?

16. If you get sick on board the International Space Station how are you 

    treated and how do you recover?

17. What is you favorite exercise on the space craft?

18. What was your most exciting adventure in space?

19. Can you watch TV in space and what do you do when you get a break from 


20. What does microgravity feel like and what is easier and harder to do?


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


Next planned event(s):




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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