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Upcoming ARISS contact with Kiroli Elementary, West Monroe,Louisiana

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Kiroli Elementary, West Monroe, Louisiana on 22 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:12 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be direct between NA1SS and AE5V. The contact should be audible over portions 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.


Kiroli Elementary School is a neighborhood school, located in West Monroe, Louisiana, that opened in 1956.  We serve about 500 students in grades K-5.  We are a 4-star school which means our composite accountability score is over 120 for a 2 year period.  We have a poverty rate of approximately 40%.  We are fortunate to have wonderful support from our parents and the community, and although we have declining neighborhoods, we continue our tradition of excellence that began here over 50 years ago.


The City of West Monroe is located in northeast Louisiana, 90 miles east of Shreveport, Louisiana and 90 miles west of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Situated in Ouachita Parish, the city is bordered to the east by the beautiful Ouachita River. Interstate 20, a major thoroughfare between Atlanta and Dallas, runs through West Monroe with five exits, which brings thousands of people to our City each day. West Monroe has a population of approximately 15,000 people and a transient population of about 120,000 people a day. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the many outdoor and recreational facilities that are available within the city and the parish.



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


1.  What is the largest manmade object on Earth that you can see from the 

    International Space Station?

2.  When you are not working on the International Space Station, what do you 

    do for fun?

3.  How do you keep food on your plate in space?

4.  If there is an emergency, how can you return to Earth quickly?

5.  How does someone become an astronaut?

6.  How do you sleep on the International Space Station?

7.  How does the International Space Station avoid all the "space junk" 

    circling the Earth?

8.  What objects can you see in Space from the International Space Station 

    that you cannot see from Earth?

9.  How does the lack of gravity affect the way you work in space?

10. Will you have difficulty walking once you return to Earth?

11. Who or what encouraged you to become an astronaut?

12. How long do you work during a normal day?

13. What do you enjoy most about living in space?

14. What scientific experiments are currently on the ISS?

15. Where do you get your food and water?

16. What do you do with your garbage on the ISS?

17. Have you been on a space walk and how long does one last?

18. Are you able to exercise on the ISS and if so how?

19. What type of food do you eat on the ISS?

20. Do you get to speak with your family and friends and if so how do you do    


21. How fast does the ISS travel and would I be able to see it from Earth?

22. What does an astronaut do when they are not in space?

23. Would living on the Moon or Mars be different from living on the ISS?

24. Do you watch television on the ISS and if so what shows do you enjoy? 



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


Next planned event(s):


Lompoc High School, Lompoc, California, direct via KI6FBT 

Thu, 29 Sept 2011 16:04 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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