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Upcoming ARISS contact with Rosebud Secondary College,Rosebud, Victoria, Australia

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Rosebud Secondary College, Rosebud, Victoria, Australia on 4 April. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:04 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the western and middle areas 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 English.


Rosebud Secondary College is a large Secondary College of 1480 students. The College is located on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, approximately 85 km south of Melbourne, in a seaside location on the edge of Port Phillip Bay. The College enjoys an enviable and well earned reputation for excellence in the southern peninsula community.



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


1.  Have you always wanted to be an astronaut since childhood?

2.  What or who inspired you to become an astronaut?

3.  How long did you train before being selected for launch?

4.  What was on your mind when you started your journey to space?

5.  What methods do you use to deal with bone and muscle decay in Zero 


6.  What are your current research tasks and what future real world 

    applications could be developed from the research?

7.  Can you see pollution (green house gases) from space and, if you can, are 

    some countries worse than others?

8.  Do stars look different from the International space station compared to 

    Earth and if so how?

9.  After you come back to Earth, are there any side effects and if there 

    are, are they painful or bad?

10. Has being in space changed any of your beliefs or your perspective on 

    life, or is it just part of a job?

11. How do you go to the toilet in space?

12. In ten words, please describe, what it is like in outer space?

13. When astronauts sweat does the sweat stick to their face rather than drip 


14. Does food taste the same in space as it does on earth?

15. What's the biggest threat to you when you are in space?

16. What is liftoff like?

17. Do you ever get time off, if so, what do you do in your free time?

18. Does the sun come up east, west, north or south on the International 

    space station?

19. What is the most dangerous thing that has occurred for you up in space 

    and how did you deal with it?

20. If you have a partner, were they okay with you leaving them for the long 

    period? Do you get opportunities to talk to them? 



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





Next planned event(s):


   1. Scuola Primaria III  Circolo "Tiro a Segno", Fermo, I-63023, Italy, and 

      Scuola Primaria "Viale della  Vittoria", Montecosaro, I-62010, Italy   

      direct via I6KZR

      Wed, 6 Apr 2011, 07:10 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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