[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with W. Virginia University, Lane Dept.of Computer Science & EE, Morgantown, WV

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Thu Aug 31 04:46:18 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at West Virginia University, Lane Dept.of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Morgantown, WV on 04 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:50 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W8CUL. The contact should be audible over the state of West Virginia, USA 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 Amateur Radio Club at WVU has existed since 1912, making it one of the oldest student organization at WVU. They provide students a testbed to conduct various experiments such as satellite and digital communications, radio astronomy and drone development. They are housed within the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, which provides educational programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and biometric systems. WVU is a land grant university and is the largest educational institution in the state. Located in Morgantown, WV, with branch campuses spread throughout the state, WVU is extremely involved in all state affairs. As of 2015, slightly under 30,000 students were enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs, a population comprised nearly equally (49%/51%) of in-state and out-of-state students, respectively. Present at our contact will be students from elementary and middle schools from throughout the surrounding area.



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


1. How do you do laundry in space?

2. What is the most challenging part of getting to the ISS?

3. Would you ever go on a mission to Mars?

4. Did you get to see the eclipse from space?

5. What feeling on Earth closely relates to what it feels like to be in  


6. Has the ISS ever been struck by space debris before?

7. What would happen if someone got sick on the ISS?

8. How long did you have to train to enter zero gravity?

9. How do you stay warm on the ISS?

10. What do you do in your free time?

11. Is using liquids in science experiments on the ISS hard?

12. What was your first day on the ISS like?

13. How bright is the sun in space?

14. In your job, what is the most dangerous thing you have to be prepared 

    for, and has that thing ever actually happened?

15. Can you sleep at night because there is no sunrise or sunset?

16. Which do you like better, space or earth?

17. What is the first meal you'll eat when you get back to earth?

18. Are there any space-specific games that you play on the ISS, like 

    football or video games?

19. Is there space pizza?

20. Do you have a nickname for your rocket?





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Next planned event(s):


      1. Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan  Beach, CA, direct via KM6BWB 

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS 

         The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA 

         Contact is a go  for: Fri 2017-09-08 17:05 UTC



About ARISS: 

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), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  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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