Archive - Jun 2009
On 06.28.2009 at 13:20 UTC using the call "N0N" (November Zero November) in Iowa at Field Day, N0CFL made contact with Robert Thirsk VA3CSA
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An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Inukjuak Space Camp, Kuujjuaq Quebec, Canada on 1 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:25 UTC.
The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 50 seconds.
The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact will be conducted in English.
Inukjuak is an Inuit settlement located on Hudson Bay at the mouth of the Innuksuak River in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, Canada. The population in 2008 was approximately 1500. It is only accessible by boat during the summer, but air service is available year round. Inukjuak means "The Giant" in the Inuktitut language. In the past, the site was known as Port Harrison. The area has long been inhabited by the Inuit - many archeological sites confirm this.For this Space contact, students will be flown from various parts of the northern region to take part in this Space camp sponsored by the Makivik corporation (Inuit Air, First Air), The Canadian Space Agency and ICOM Canada.
After reviewing more than 3,500 applications, NASA has selected nine people for the 2009 astronaut candidate class. They will begin training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston this August.
"This is a very talented and diverse group we've selected," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "They will join our current astronauts and play very important roles for NASA in the future. In addition to flying in space, astronauts participate in every aspect of human spaceflight, sharing their expertise with engineers and managers across the country. We look forward to working with them as we transcend from the shuttle to our future exploration of space, and continue the important engineering and scientific discoveries aboard the International Space Station."
A major milestone for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station or ARISS school project. This as the total number of ARISS contacts between the astronaut hams on board the orbiting outpost and school rooms here on Earth has now reached 443.
An average of 20 students are able to ask questions of an on-orbit crew during a normal ARISS contact. That totals out to well over 8000 school kids world-wide who have gotten a chance to vicariously visit the International Space Station via ham radio since the classroom contact program began.
As space experimentation has progressed so has amateur radio's part in it. Today, the ARISS school contact program is an important part of this ongoing work by ham radio volunteers world-wide. Hams working with astronauts and cosmonauts to bring the science of spaceflight a little closer to kids here on Earth.