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Upcoming ARISS contact with Caribbean Youth Science Forum,Nat.Inst. for Higher Edu., Trinidad, W.Indies

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Caribbean Youth Science Forum, National Institute for Higher  Education, Research, Science & Technology (NIHERST), Port-of-Spain,  Trinidad, West Indies on 08 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:13 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and LU8YY. The contact should be audible over portions of South America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) is a quasi-governmental body under the Ministry of Science Technology and Tertiary Education (MSTTE) in Trinidad and Tobago, which has the mandate to promote the development of science, technology and higher education. The popularization of science is an important aspect of NIHERST's mandate and towards this goal, the institute undertakes a comprehensive programme of activities to promote science learning and to encourage students in their pursuit of studies in the sciences. One of its flagship programmes is the annual Caribbean Youth Science Forum (CYSF), which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary during the period 7th to 14th August, 2011.



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


1.  How is the ISS powered and how does the station use its power source to 

    maintain orbit?

2.  What are the impacts of space travel (ascent, orbit and descent) on the 

    human body?

3.  How will the technology of rockets need to be advanced in order to carry 

    humans to Mars and beyond?

4.  What is most difficult about living in space, and then re-adjusting to 

    being back on earth?

5.  Do you believe that we will find life forms on other planets within our 


6.  What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

7.  What kind of foods and drinks do you eat? And do you need less food in a 

    micro-gravity environment?

8.  How do the satellites and junk in space affect the ISS trajectory and 

    incoming and departing capsules?

9.  Is the debris from space harmful to our marine environment when dumped 

    into oceans?

10. What kind of emergencies can occur on the ISS and how are they handled?

11. What has been your most rewarding experience being on the ISS?




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


Next planned event(s):


1   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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