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Upcoming ARISS contact with Lillestrøm videregående skole, Lillestrøm, N-2001, Norway

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Lillestrøm videregående skole, Lillestrøm, N-2001, Norway on 11 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:48 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W5RRR. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Norwegian/English.


Lillestrom Videregaende Skole (Lillestrom Upper Secondary School) is an institution in its region. The school was founded in 1884 and has developed into a modern, highly esteemed theoretical school (tertiary college) offering 16 - 19 year-olds a wide range of alternatives within social sciences, natural sciences and languages. The school is basically a traditional grammar school, but over the last 15 years two popular branches, media and music/dance/drama, have been added. Lillestrom videregaende skole offers IB (International Baccalaureate). We promote ourselves as a modern school specializing in natural sciences. The staff counts 130 teachers and administrative personnel. Approximately 800 students attend Lillestrom videregaende skole. The school is located in the township of Lillestrom app. 12 miles north of Oslo and 20 miles from Oslo Airport Gardermoen. We are thus centrally located with first-rate communications.


Our region is a research and scientific hub with two of the nation's most distinguished scientific institutions as well as a university branch, all located close to the school. Over a number of years Lillestrom videregaende skole has enjoyed a rewarding and close cooperation with these institutions, It may also be of interest that Norway's oldest Air Force Base; Kjeller, is situated nearby. 


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


1.  What is the purpose of ISS? What do you want to find out?

2.  What kind of experiments are you currently conducting at the Space   


3.  How do you prepare before a Space expedition?

4.  What are you doing at the Space Station when you are not working?

5.  We read that medicine and psychology research are taking place at the 

    ISS, why and how?

6.  How is the cooperation between the astronauts from different countries?

7.  How was spending Christmas in Space?

8.  In what way will you use the information and the experiences you get in 

    relation to future research and development of        new technology?

9.  Do you get the opportunity to keep in touch with your family?

10. What is it like to be the only female at the ISS?

11. Have you ever been afraid at the Space Station? Why or why not?

12. How are you supplied with oxygen in Space?

13. What are the pros and cons for visiting the Outer Space? You've been 

    there for more than a month. Do you ever regret your     decision?

14. What was your first experience with weighing nothing?

15. What is the major difference between life on Earth and life on ISS?

16. How do you manage everyday tasks, like eating, exercising and going to 

    the toilet?

17. How long are you at the Space Station at the time?

18. How is it to sleep when you are weightless?

19. How are you protected from solar radiation?

20. Do you like the food you are served?


NOTE: This contact is scheduled to be carried over Echolink on AMSAT at 101377 and JK1ZRW is 277208.



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


Next planned event(s):


   1. National Institute for Astrophysics - Astronomical Observatory of  

      Bologna, Bologna, Italy, telebridge via LU8YY

      Sat, 12 Feb. 2011 15:07 UTC 

      Watch for live simulcast at http://www.media.inaf.it/


   2. Istituto di Istruzione Superiore "Claudio Varalli", Milano, I-20142, 

      Italy, telebridge via W5RRR

      Thu, 17 Feb. 2011 10:33 UTC 

      Watch for simulcast on www.livestream.com/iz2shs


   3. Experiencing Learning "Imparare Sperimentando", San Quirino, Italy, 

      telebridge via LU8YY 

      Sat, 19 Feb. 2011 11:43 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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