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Upcoming ARISS contact with Zespol Szkol Technicznych,Rybnicka 44, Poland

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Zespol Szkol Technicznych, Rybnicka 44, Poland on 21 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:38 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and SP9PKS. The contact should be audible over Poland 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.



The Complex of Secondary Schools (Zespol Szkol Technicznych, ZST) is located in one of the oldest and most beautiful towns of Upper Silesia, Mikolow. It is the oldest school in this region, founded in 1924, which provides education for four years on a technical level, two or three years on a vocational level, and Further Education School for adults. The education subjects are the following: information technology, electronics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, car mechanics and starting from this year economical-administrative, car mechanics, machining centre operators, craftsmen (multi-vocational classes), mechanical engineering with maturity examination. School runs re-qualification courses for production plants and factories' employees and courses for the unemployed people. There are about ninety well-qualified teachers and 750 students attend the school.

The Complex of Secondary Schools holds a QUALITY CERTIFICATE ISO 9002 and is equipped with the modern technological equipment gained thanks to the European Union support finances. There are modern training centres: computer use, modern controlling techniques using microprocessor controller units for welding, numerically controlled machines, computer aiding of technological processes. They take part in national and international programs or projects like Leonardo da Vinci and Socrates.



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


1.  How much time does it take to go from Earth to the ISS?

2.  How long have you been on the Space Station?

3.  Why did you choose such a job?

4.  What is the Station's speed?

5.  How long is the ISS in daylight and in darkness during one orbit?

6.  Where are you from?

7.  What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

8.  What are you doing in your free time?

9.  What does it feel like living without gravity?

10. Do you listen to the music on the ISS?

11. Have You ever said, "Houston, we've got a problem!"?

12. What does the morning toilet on the ISS look like?

13. Can you see the Milky Way from ISS?

14. Have you ever seen an UFO?

15. Have you ever been on the Moon?

16. What is the weight of the spacesuit?

17. How can I become an astronaut?

18. What do you find fascinating on the ISS?

19. Is it sometimes difficult to live so far away from civilization?

20. Can you see the Chinese Wall from Space?



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


Next planned event(s):


1.        Cherry Creek School District, Centennial, Colorado, telebridge via 


      Thu, 27 Oct 2011, 17:09 UTC


2.        Space Laboratory, Herzliya Science Centre, Herzliya, 46100,  Israel,  

    direct VIA 4X4HSC

      Fri, 28 Oct 2011, 11:25 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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