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Upcoming ARISS contact with City of Ottawa SportsRecreation Camp, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at City of Ottawa Sports Recreation Camp, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 14 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:21 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 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 English.


The City of Ottawa owns and operates dozens of recreation facilities throughout the city including everything from large multi-purpose facilities, to seniors centres, smaller recreation centres, and community buildings. The Walter Baker Centre represents one of the larger facilities incorporating Swimming training at all levels, hockey arenas, Weight and Cardio Rooms, Aerobic Studios and various other fitness related activity centres for all ages operating all year. The summer camp groups have access to all these facilities including the High School library that forms part of the facility and is attached directly to the School. This year, summer campers are undertaking some new and interesting activities one of which includes a brief talk with the International Space Station - we anticipate substantial interest and participation in this event.



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


1.  What are you thinking at lift off?

2.  What will be used instead of the Shuttle?

3.  Is lift off in the shuttle different than the Soyuz?

4.  How do you contact your family and can they contact you when they want?

5.  What work are you doing while on board the Space Station?

6.  Do you age faster or slower in space?

7.  How do you stay fit on the ISS?

8.  Does everyone talk the same language?

9.  Do you take favourite foods with you?

10. How long can a person stay in orbit or on the Space Station?

11. What happens if someone is very sick?

12. Why is space better for research?

13. What new things have been discovered with Space Station?

14. How often do you get into Space?

15. How much longer will the space station be used for?

16. What are your favourite sites seen of earth from space?




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




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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