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Upcoming ARISS contact with South West College Enniskillen,Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at South West College  Enniskillen, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland on 07 June. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:28 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and K6DUE. The contact should be audible over the eastern portion 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.


South West College is a Further Education College which operates in four campuses in Enniskillen, Cookstown, Dungannon, and Omagh in Northern Ireland. South West College has 18,500 student enrollments, is involved in a number of European projects, has a staffing complement of some 500 full-time staff and a similar number of part-time staff. South West College caters for students ranging from16 years old to adulthood and is a facilitator of Lifelong Learning in the South West region of Northern Ireland. 



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


1.  If you could capture an image on canvas from outer space what would it 


2.  Why did you become and astronaut?

3.  When you were training to become an astronaut, was there anything you had 

    to work especially hard on?

4.  Do you as crew members ever get any feeling of the speed you are 

    travelling at whilst in orbit?

5.  How do you cope if you get ill in space?

6.  What's the strangest thing you have seen or experienced in space?

7.  How do you go to the toilet and where does the waste go?

8.  What feelings go through your mind when you look into the vastness of 


9.  What is it like sleeping on the ISS and do you have nay difficulties with 


10. What career path have you taken to be an astronaut?

11. How do you relax on board the international space station?

12. What do you do for entertainment on board the ISS?

13. How do you keep the ISS clean?

14. What is the structure of a typical working day on board the ISS?

15. How do you make sure you don't collide with debris whilst orbiting earth?

16. Do you ever get contact from home, family or friends?

17. Does it ever feel claustrophobic in the space station?

18. How has your work contributed to the greater good of mankind?

19. How long do you spend on the space station and who decides the amount of 


20. Are there many female astronauts and is it as physically demanding for 

    them as well as the male astronauts?




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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