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ARISS Event -- Monday 14 Feb. Rockland, Maine

The next school contact with International Space Station's Expedition
10 takes place on Monday, 14 February 2005 with the students at
Rockland District High School, Rockland, Maine, USA. The event is
scheduled to begin at approximately 15:06 UTC.

This contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and W1PBR. It should
be audible to anyone in the northeastern US and significant portions of
eastern Canada listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The
participants will conduct the conversation in English.

Rockland District High School is part of Maine School Administrative
District #5 which draws students from Rockland and two neighboring
towns, Owls Head and South Thomaston. The High School has 500 students
and 40 teachers and administrators. The students who will be
participating in the contact with the ISS either are taking or have
just completed our Integrated Science course, which covers
environmental science and earth science including astronomy.

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS will be turned off prior
to the beginning of the contact. It will be returned to service as
quickly as possible.

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

1. How long does it take to adjust to weightlessness? Is there a “space
sickness” akin to sea sickness?

2. How much free time do you have and what do you do for entertainment?

3. How do you heat the International Space Station?

4. What kind of food do you get to eat while in space? Do you get to
have hot meals?

5. How often do you get to talk to your family and friends back on

6. I’ve heard that astronauts sleep in bunks which stand against the
sides of the station’s walls. Is that true?

7. When you are working on the outside of the International Space
Station, how do you maneuver around?

8. Do you have a regular exercise regimen? Does the weightlessness
affect your conditioning?

9. How much detail can you see when you look down at Earth? Can you see
storms and cities?

10. What is the longest stretch that an astronaut has been aboard the
International Space Station?

11. How many sunrises and sunsets do you see each day? What are they

12. Do you have a set 24 hour schedule for working, eating, and
sleeping? If so to what time zone are your clocks set?

13. How big are the living quarters on the International Space Station?
We think they must be pretty small and claustrophobic.

14. Are there any living things on board which you are doing scientific
research with?

15. How do you stay in touch with current events back on Earth?

16. How do you plan for the possibility of a serious medical emergency?

17. How often do you get supplies delivered? Do you ever run out of
necessary things?

18. Can you take a shower in a weightless environment?

19. What is the most exciting thing that you have worked on aboard the
International Space Station?

20. Would you like to go on a manned mission to Mars?

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the
participating space agencies, NASA, Energia, 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
experience, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can
energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning.
Further information on the ARISS programme is available on the website
http://www.rac.ca/ariss. Information about the next scheduled ARISS
contact can be found at http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#Next

Thank you & 73,
Scott H. Stevens / N3ASA
ARISS Team Member
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