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ARISS event -Space Day at the Smithsonian Air & SpaceMuseum, Washington D.C., USA, Saturday (May 05) 18:01 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 15 ARISS school contact has
been planned with participants at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum's
Space Day on 05 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately
18:01 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and W6SRJ. The
contact should be audible in western portions of North America.
Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.
The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

Space Day 2007 will be another action-packed day of astronaut
appearances, hands-on activities, book signings, tours, and special
stories for children, all surrounded by the world's most famous space
artifacts. Especially exciting will be a sneak peek at the
much-anticipated successor to the space shuttle, the Orion Crew
Exploration Vehicle. This Lockheed Martin-designed spacecraft of the
future will be on view in the shadow of one of the most historic
spacecraft of the past - the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia. Have a
blast learning how you can build your own model rocket with the Northern
Virginia Association of Rocketry. The group will bring their own
home-built rockets for you to see and lots of information on building a
flyable rocket. Local robotics teams will show off their latest
creations with a robot petting zoo. The teams will demonstrate their
expertise in building and running robots for competition. Participating
organizations include Lockheed Martin, NASA, and AMSAT-Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation.

Participants will ask as many of questions as time allows. Due to the
live nature of this event, no advance copies of the questions are

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): 
Sunset Mesa Schools,  Albuquerque, New Mexico, direct via W5SCA, Wed
2007-05-09  14:39 UTC 
Escola Secundaria de Estarreja, Estarreja,  Portugal, direct via CT6ESE,
Wed 2007-05-09 14:58 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

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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