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Upcoming ARISS contact with English Estates ElementarySchool Fern Park, FL

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at English Estates Elementary, Fern Park, Florida on 13 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:48 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and N4EH. The contact should be audible over portions of the eastern U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


English Estates Elementary, where Leadership is Elementary, is honored to have the opportunity for our students to converse directly with a crew member on board the International Space Station. We also appreciate the support of the Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society (LMARS) in this endeavor. The Leadership Program at English Estates is based on Dr. Stephen R. Covey's The 6 Habits of Highly Effective People. Weaving these principles into the fabric of our school's culture, we proved guidepost for students, faculty, and staff. This International Space Station Contact is an excellent way for our 5th grade students to practice their leadership skills by developing questions to ask the astronauts while in space. Our Leadership Program has also been featured in the book, The Leader in Me, by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. 


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


1.  Do you orbit with the earth or stay in one place?

2.  How do you work when you are floating around in space?

3.  How do you know how to get back to earth when you are out in space?

4.  Do you ever see asteroids or meteors?

5.  Do you enjoy being an astronaut?

6.  How many days do you stay in space?

7.  How long does it take for the rocket you go on to reach the ISS?

8.  What would happen if you got stuck in space or ran out of supplies on the    


9.  Do you see a lot of space junk in space?

10. Do you ever feel turbulence the way people do on airplanes?

11. What does zero gravity feel like?

12. What planet would you like to stand on if you could?

13. How do you eat in space when your food can float away?

14. What do you do when you are not working?

15. How do you get to be an astronaut?

16. Is it hard to be an astronaut?

17. Do you get enough sleep?

18. Why did you choose to be an astronaut?

19. Can you eat in the rocket before you get to the ISS?

20. If you stay in space for a long time, do you get taller?

21. Do you get claustrophobic in the ISS?

22. Could you go into space without a helmet and just hold your breath?

23. What does it feel like going through the atmosphere?

24. What is the view of space like from the ISS?



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


Next planned event(s):


2. Primary school "Pasquale  Luisi", Castelluccio Valmaggiore, Foggia, 

      Italy, and Secondaria Di 1° Grado  "Virgilio", Castelluccio , Italy 

      direct via IK0USO/7 

      Sat, 14 May 2011 09:09 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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