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ARISS Event - Cedar Point Elementary, Bristow, Virginia,Tuesday (Apr. 17) 19:12 UTC

An International Space Station ARISS school contact has been planned
with students at Cedar Point Elementary, Bristow, Virginia on 17 April.
The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:12 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK5ZAI. The
contact should be audible in portions of western and southeastern
Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz
downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in
English. Additional listening options are listed below.

IRLP -  Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010.  
You may also connect via the IRLP Discovery website  at

EchoLink -  The audio from this contact will be available on the
EchoLink *AMSAT*  (node 101 377) and the *JK1ZRW* (node 277 208)
conference rooms. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load
light on the *AMSAT* server.  This will ensure good audio quality for
all listeners. 


To join the event: 
URL: https://e-meetings.mci.com

To access the Audio Replay of this call, all parties can: 
1. Go to the URL listed above. 
2. Choose Audio Streaming under Join Events. 
3. Enter the conference number and passcode.  (Note that if this is a
recurring event, multiple dates may be listed.) Replays are available
for 30 days after the live event.
Prince William County Public School. The school is attended by students
in grades k through 5. Almost 1,000 students attend Cedar Point, and the
school is attended by a culturally-diverse population.

Cedar Point is a school where space education is highly embraced by the
administration and students. This May, students at Cedar Point will
participate in a Space Week which has been a tradition at the school for
four years. Students will participate in activities that will teach them
about traveling and living in space and space exploration. In addition,
students will learn about stars, constellations and rocket propulsion.
Since January, students at Cedar Point have participated in the
MicroLada project through Utah State University in which they have been
growing pea plants using the same pea seeds and substrate that is used
on the Russian side of the International Space Station. The results from
this project are shared with students in Russia, Japan and the
International Space Station.

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

1. We have been participating in the MicroLada project with Utah State
University since January. Our pea plants are 33 centimeters tall and
have 6 pea pods. How tall are the pea plants in Lada?
2. Do you know what Lada will be growing next?
3. How do you eat in space, and do you like the food?
4. How do you deal with being so isolated from everything? 
5. What do you do for fun?
6. What is your job while visiting the International Space Station?
7. Which do you like better, being on Earth or being in space?
8. What does it feel like to go up in the Soyuz?  Were you scared?
9. Is being in space what you thought it would be like?
10.What kind of changes has your body gone through now that you are in
11. Do the stars look brighter now that you're out in space?
12. How were you chosen to go to the International Space Station as a
space traveler?
13. Now that you've been in space once, do you think you'll want to
return for a second visit?
14. What kind of memories are you going to take back to your family and
friends about your visit?
15. How do you sleep in space, and is it hard to sleep?
16. How do you do daily functions such as brushing your teeth and taking
a shower?
17. What is International Space Station like, and is it as big on the
inside as it looks from the outside?
18. Is it hard to swallow in decreased gravity?

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS is not functioning in the
automatic modes properly and may be silent more than usual. Information
about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact .

Next planned event(s): 
Scuola Europea Varese, Varese Italy, Mon 2007-04-23 14:40 UTC 55 deg via
Kingston Elementary School, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA , Mon
2007-04-23   18:33 UTC via KN4KL
Christian Life Elementary School, Rockford, Illinois, USA , Wed
2007-04-25  19:10 UTC via N9SH
Samuel-von-Pufendorf Gymnasium, Floeha, Germany,  Sat 2007-04-28   14:04

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

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.rac.ca/ariss  (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of

Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO 

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