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Upcoming ARISS contact with Royal Canadian Air Cadets- Newfoundland Cadet Detachment, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada



An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Royal Canadian Air Cadets- Newfoundland Cadet Detachment, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada on 12 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:40 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and VO1BZM. The contact should be audible over Eastern Canada 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.

 

In preparation for the upcoming ARISS Contact Event the cadets of 515 Air Cadets along with the local Air Cade Squadrons are focusing in on the aerospace portion of their training program. The Squadrons training staff have added in extra classes in this subject area including lesson focused around various Canadian Astronauts to help familiarize the cadets with Chris Hadfield's career and background. We have also encouraged the cadets in the squadrons to check out Col Hadfield's Facebook page and Twitter feed along with looking at various websites with lots of information about the International Space Station. We have canvassed the cadets over the last few weeks to develop the questions they will get to ask and in the coming weeks we plan to have a practice run through with those selected to ask questions during the contact event. Everyone involved in this event is very enthusiastic and looking forward to the opportunity to use this as once in a life time learning event.

 

 

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

 

1.  If you could explore any part of the Solar System where would it be?

 

2.  What did it feel like to be the first Canadian to walk in Space?

 

3.  Did your time as an Air Cadet have any impact on your decision to join 

    the Canadian Forces and later become an Astronaut?

  

4.  Do you think spaceflight is something that will be accessible to the 

    masses within our lifetimes?

 

5.  What are some of the experiments you and your crew are currently running 

    on the ISS?

 

6.  Which of the research projects you're working on do you think has the 

    most scientific potential?

 

7.  How do the different cultural backgrounds and languages on the ISS affect 

    your ability to lead your crew? 

 

8.  What is the most difficult part about being in a low-gravity environment?

 

9.  How will the International Space Station de-orbit and return to Earth?

 

10. What type of aircraft is your favourite to fly?

 

11. How does your time as the commander on NEEMO 14 compare to being the 

    commander on the ISS?

 

12. In what ways is the ISS a suitability conscious environment?

 

13. How does the ISS aid in the development of space exploration?

 

14. How long does it take to travel from Earth to the ISS?

 

15. How does sleeping on the ISS differ from sleeping on earth?

 

16. What kinds of tasks are completed during spacewalks?

 

17. What is the difference between gravity on earth and micro-gravity on the 

    ISS?

 

18. What are some of the different modules of the ISS?

 

19. How does the ISS avoid orbital debris?

 

20. What benefits to Human Health have come about because of research done on 

    the ISS?

 

 

 

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

 

Next planned event(s):

 

 1.  Saint Rose Elementary School, Saint John, New Brunswick,  Canada, direct 

     via VE9LC 

     Thu, 17Jan2013, 13:40 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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