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Upcoming ARISS contact with Hirano branch of Kobe YouthNurturing Council, Kobe-city, Hyogo-pref, Japan

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Hirano branch of Kobe Youth Nurturing Council, Kobe-city, Hyogo-pref, Japan on 12 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:15 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and 8J3H. The contact should be audible over Japan 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.


Kobe City consolidated with Hirano Town in 1947. At the same time, Hirano Junior High School was founded temporarily by using some school buildings of Hirano Primary School. When Kobe City began to develop Seishin New Town in the latter 1960s, Hirano Junior High was moved from Hirano Area to present Kasugadai One in the New Town in 1984. Though Hirano Junior High School is one of the largest schools in Kobe City now, the educational principle of the School has always regarded each schoolchild's independence as important. Furthermore the schoolchildren are lucky enough to be able to have in the good natural environments and the fine educational conditions. Then the schoolchildren grow freely and openheartedly.



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


1.  How long do you workout in space?

2.  How did you feel when you first put on the space gear?

3.  In space, how many times can you clap your hands in 10 seconds? Any     

    difference on the ground?

4.  What are your favorite things to do in the space station?

5.  Can you blow up the balloon in the space station?

6.  Do you feel zero gravity immediately or slowly when you get out of the 

    inner space?

7.  What was your first impression when you first looked down the earth from 


8.  What is your favorite space food?

9.  Can you see The Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca from the space station?

10. Have you got a homesick in the space station?

11. How did you like it when you first experienced the zero gravity?

12. Why did you become an astronaut?

13. Can you play yo-yo in space?

14. Have you seen Jupiter from the space station?

15. How many times have you gone up to the outer space?

16. What is the hardest thing for you to do in the space life?

17. How do you spend most of your time in the space station?

18. What is your feeling when you look over the universe from the space 


19. What do you want to do most when return to the ground?

20. Do you read books in the space station? Can you turn the page as well as 

    you do on the ground?

21. Do you learn a lot in the space life?

22. What do you do when you get sick in the space station?

23. In space, is it impossible to play tug of war and arm wrestling?

24. How does the tossed ball travel like at zero gravity?

25. Did you feel scared when you first traveled into space?

26. Have you made many friends of astronauts ever since you become one of 


27. Does space have seasonal temperatures?

28. How do you spend your pastime in space?

29. Are the space clothes heavy to put on?

30. Can you play gtama-ire h kind of basketball shoot in space?


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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