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Upcoming ARISS contact with Octave Chanute AirMuseum/Scouts Space Jam 5, Rantoul, Illinois

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Octave Chanute Air Museum/Scouts Space Jam 5, Rantoul, Illinois on 06 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:13 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and WH6PN. The contact should be audible over Hawaii and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


Advances in science and technology are redefining the world around us. Boy Scouting is changing also, and while we are still teaching traditional pioneer skills, we recognize that new frontiers require new skills. The astronauts we talk with are today's pioneers; space, the moon and Mars are our new frontiers. At this year's Space Jamboree we will be offering the Space Exploration, Radio, Electronics, Aviation, and the newest Merit Badge, Robotics. Over one thousand Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and leaders from around the Mid-West are in attendance this year.



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


1.  What is it like to sleep in outer space?

2.  How long does it take you to put on your space suit for an EVA?

3.  If you spill a glass of water up there is it easy to clean it up?

4.  What is the temperature outside when you are in the Earth's shadow?

5.  Can you feel the sun's heat through a window?

6.  Do you have a freezer to keep ice cream in or do you just put frozen 

    things outside?

7.  Are there fire extinguishers on the station and could they be used for 

    personal propulsion?

8.  Can you create an artificial gravity by spinning part of the Space 


9.  If you had an artificial gravity wouldn't that reduce the bone loss that 

    astronauts experience?

10. Do you have a remote control astro-bot for working outside without you 

    going outside?

11. What do you dream about doing after you've been an astronaut?

12. Do you practice emergency drills?

13. In what year do you think we will put a man on Mars?

14. Do you recycle all the water on the International Space Station?

15. Who takes out the garbage and what do you do with it?

16. What foods do you miss most while you are working on the Space Station?

17. Does your heart beat slower in outer space?

18. Has a meteor ever hit the International Space Station?

19. When will we have a moon base? 




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


Next planned event(s):


 1.  Caribbean Youth Science Forum, National Institute for Higher Education, 

     Research, Science & Technology (NIHERST), Port-of-Spain,  Trinidad, West 

     Indies, telebridge via LU8YY 

     Mon, 8 Aug 2011, 15:13 UTC 


 2.  Youth Hostel "La Foresta",  near Castel Rigone, Trasimeno Lake, Perugia, 

     Italy, telebridge via K6DUE  

     Thu,  11 Aug. 2011, 08:48 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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