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Upcoming ARISS contact with Canterbury High School, Ottawa,ON, Canada

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Canterbury High School, Ottawa, ON, Canada on 30 March. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:56 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and VE3TBD. The contact should be audible over portions of Canada and the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


Canterbury is a high school in Ottawa, Canada that runs both an arts program as well as a general high school program. The arts offered at the school include dance, visual art, drama, vocal and instrumental music, as well as literary arts. The school is well know for producing top quality performances, including elaborate musicals, numerous music nights, theatre productions and stunning visual art displays within the school and local galleries. Students in the music department even have some upcoming performances planned at the National Arts Centre. In addition to this arts focus, the school has a strong academic community and has a large number of graduates that go on to pursue the sciences in post secondary studies. We are all looking forward to the ISS communication event.



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


1.  As a freestyle skier I find that the adrenaline rush from skiing 

    triggers my passion for skiing. Do you get an adrenaline rush from 

    traveling into space (especially during take-off)? Does this trigger your 

    passion for space?

2.  As a person who would love to be an astronaut, what kind of training and 

    preparation do you need, and is the payoff worth it?

3.  Do you do any animal testing on the space station? If so, what are some 

    of the goals of the experiments?

4.  What are some everyday things that you never need up in space?

5.  What are the most drastic changes to your living habits in space compared 

    to Earth?

6.  What is the most difficult thing about being in space and why?

7.  In your opinion, what is the most interesting type of research going on 

    on the ISS right now?

8.  How are the washroom facilities designed; are there any complications in 

    "waste removal"?

9.  What does it feel like to go through the atmosphere/ to take off?

10. If an astronaut becomes sick, what kind of medication is available? If 

    there isn't medication, what kind of safety measures are taken?

11. Are your sleep patterns affected by lack of sunlight? If so, how?

12. What sort of adjustment time is required after travel to and from the 

    space station?

13. Besides friends and family, what do you miss most about Earth?

14. What unique things do you do on the space station for entertainment?

15. How many hours per day are you working on the ISS?

16. How long is typical for an astronaut to stay on the space station? What 

    is the longest length of time possible?


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


Next planned event(s):



1.   Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale  "Leonardo da Vinci", Pratola   

     Peligna, I-67035, Italy, and Istituto  Comprensivo Scolastico "G.     

     Tedeschi", Pratola Peligna, I-67035, Italy direct via I6IBE

     Sat. 2 Apr 2011, 08:34 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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