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Upcoming ARISS contact with Rehabilitationszentrum für Kinder und Jugendliche, Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Rehabilitationszentrum für Kinder und Jugendliche, Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland, on 09 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:21 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and HB9TSO. The contact should be audible over Switzerland 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 Rehabilitation Center in Affoltern am Albis belongs to the Children's University Hospital Zurich. The center is specialized in the treatment of children and adolescents who suffer from congenital or acquired diseases and injuries. Each rehabilitation process aims at allowing the patient to achieve as much functional independence as possible, helping them and their families to obtain greater quality of life. The children and teenagers stay in family-like living groups that correspond with their individual skills and needs. They are taught in small groups in the hospital school and each patient follows their own individual therapy schedule.  Pediatric rehabilitation is carried out in collaboration between professionals such as doctors, nurses, therapists, neuropsychologists and therapeutic pedagogues.   Working in close cooperation with the families is considered very important and forms an essential part of the patient's treatment program.



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


1.  Do you have a doctor in the spaceship?

2.  Did you have any accidents on the ISS?

3.  How can you go to the toilet in space?

4.  Do you have to drink more water in the universe then on earth?

5.  What do you do when you are at home?

6.  In which position do you sleep?

7.  Where are the stars during the day?

8.  How long can an astronaut stay in the spaceship?

9.  How long do you need to come down to earth?

10. How do the astronauts come back to earth?

11. How can you eat and drink in the spaceship?

12. What did you learn before you became an astronaut?

13. What do you do when you're bored in space?

14. How big is the living room for the astronauts?

15. Is there any life on the neighbour planets?

16. Do you also need oxygen to sleep or not?

17. If all the pieces of the spaceship are sent to space separately, how can 

    they arrive at the same place?

18. Why did the Soviets send a dog to the Universe?

19. How long do you stay in the spaceship?



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


Next planned event(s):


  1.    Donald P. Sutherland School, Nassau, New York, direct via N2SQU

        Thu, 10Nov2011 19:35 UTC  

        Look for live simulcast at www.egcsd.org/dpsutherland  


  2.    I.I.S.S. "G. Marconi", Bari, Italy, telebridge via IK1SLD

        Sat, 12Nov2011 09:49 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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