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Upcoming ARISS contact with Donald P. Sutherland School,Nassau, New York

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Donald P. Sutherland School, Nassau, New York on 10 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:35 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and N2SQU. The contact should be audible over eastern 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.



The Donald P. Sutherland School community has and will continue to participate in many activities to prepare for our contact with the International Space Station. During the month of September, we hosted author Nancy Castaldo. She is the author of children's activity book Leap into Space. We closed the month with an ISS question contest. Seven students between grades kindergarten, first, and second were chosen to ask their question on our contact date along with seven students from grades three, four, and five. During our morning announcements, we share facts about the ISS and track its location. We then place its location on a large map outside our gymnasium. The map was created by our art enrichment students. Our fifth grade presented our character education word of the month "Responsibility". They shared with our student body how an astronaut demonstrates the character trait of responsibility. In the classroom, students are writing about space exploration and utilizing technology to better understand outer space and the responsibilities of the astronauts on the ISS. We will end the month of October with an in-school field trip sponsored by our PTO. Students will have the opportunity to visit an indoor planetarium that will be set up in our gymnasium. The entire school community is excited about our contact with the International Space Station. The boys and girls are engaged and ready for the big event.



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


1.  Have you found anything different in space that showed that there was  

    life on other planets?

2.  When did you discover your passion for outer space?

3.  What do the astronauts eat and drink up in space?

4.  Is it comfortable being in the space station?

5.  How do you go in and out of outer space from the space station?

6.  What are your daily activities while in the International Space Station?

7.  What do you do for fun in the space station?

8.  What would happen if your space suit gets a leak?

9.  What would happen if an asteroid hit the space station?

10. During take-off, what keeps the rocket together?

11. Can you explain what it feels like when you blast off and travel at high 


12. If you were to look out your window, what would you see?

13. How long do you have to train to be an astronaut? What do you do to 


14. What is the most important thing you have to do in outer space?



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


Next planned event(s):

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

        Sat, 12Nov2011 09:49 UTC


2.        A.S.J. Memorial High School, Thetford Mines, Québec, Canada, direct     

via VA2VDL

        Mon, 14Nov2011 15:41 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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