[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium, Bruchsal, Germany

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Wed Jun 29 20:35:23 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium, Bruchsal, Germany on 01 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:31 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and DN1JKG. The contact should be audible over Germany 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.



The Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium is one of the biggest schools of general education in the administrative district of Karlsruhe 

in Baden-Wurttemberg. More than 1,300 students are taught by over one hundred teachers. 

Our focus is on a scientific profile with the succession of languages being English-French or English-Latin. Furthermore, 

science and technology is a major subject starting in year 8. About 85% of our students opt for this profile.

For four years now the Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium has been one of 44 model schools in Baden-Wurttemberg which allow students 

to take their A-levels at different speeds - either after eight or nine years of secondary education. 

The Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium is also participating in three different educational pilot projects. In the last two years 

leading up to their A-levels, students may take up Mathematics "plus" (an enhanced version of the subject Mathematics, 

six lessons a week) or computer science as a major subject as well as science and technology as a minor subject. 

Additionally, there are optional subjects for senior students, such as for example psychology, philosophy, drama, and 

especially natural sciences like geology, computer algebra, computer science, and astronomy. 

The Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium cooperates with partners in various fields, especially the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

In 2015 the town of Bruchsal organized the "Heimattage Baden-Württemberg" (Homeland Days of Baden-Württemberg). 

The Justus Knecht-Gymnasium took part in different projects, e.g. "Heimat Erde" (Homeland Earth). Students of different 

years worked on the topic. Moreover there's a study team working together with the amateur radio operators of Bruchsal. 

They established radio communication, built a stratosphere balloon and prepared the radio link to the ISS.




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


1.  Welcoming speech in English and Russian) Is the space debris a threat for 

    the ISS?

2.  How long does it take to return to earth in case of emergency?

3.  What do you do with the time saved due to time dilatation?

4.  Do you feel the temperature differences between inside and outside during 

    a spacewalk?

5.  When will it be possible to realize a mission to Mars in your opinion?

6.  How do you lubricate mechanical parts against friction in space?

7.  How many calories do you need per day?

8.  Do you play dart in space?

9.  Have you ever realized experiments with flying animals like birds on the 


10.  In which way does the 90 minute-day-night-change  influence your life on 


11.  Are you floating in your dreams, too? 

12.  How do you recycle your water on board? 

13.  Which buildings can you see from above?

14.  Are you able to see polar lights from above?

15.  Which animals are living currently on board?

16.  Do you miss the weather on the ISS?

17.  What do you think about planet earth from high above?

18.  Did you wear a life vest or parachute during your flight to the ISS?

19.  What do you do in your spare time?

20.  Did you get medical training during your preparation on earth?





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Next planned event(s):


Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, telebridge via VK5ZAI

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ

Contact is a go for: Wed 2016-07-06 14:28:20 UTC 






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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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