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Upcoming ARISS contact with Kurata Elementary School,Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan


An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Yokohama Kurata Elementary School, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan on 16 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:57 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and 8N1YK. The contact should be audible over Japan. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Japanese.


Yokohama Kurata Elementary School is located in suburban area of Yokohama city, and has 500 students / 18 class rooms. This summer, all students study the space and make questions, and selected 14 students in Kurata Elementary between the ages of 7 and 12 will talk with the astronaut Dr. Furukawa who was born in same city of Yokohama.

The control operator, KH0UA Yoshiki (11 yrs old), is also a student of Kurata Elementary. We are ready to contact. 


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


1.  What do you do, if you encounter with an alien? How do you greet?

2.  How long does it take you to get to the Space Station?

3.  What kind of work do you usually do in there?

4.  What do you do in your free time?

5.  What scenery do you see from the space station?

6.  What happens when you spin a top there?

7.  How did you feel when you get to space?

8.  What do you feel hard and inconvenient there?

9.  After you viewed the earth from the space, did you change your feeling 

    about the earth?

10. What is your most enjoyable thing there?

11. Do you have time difference between the space and the earth?

12. I think there are a lot of good things, if you can grow the vegetables. 

    Can you grow the vegetables in ISS?

13. Is there any difference in your blood-flow when you are in the space and  

    on the earth?

14. How many space foods do you have in ISS? What is the best do you like? 



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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