Archive - May 2005 - Story
International Space Station Expedition 11's fifth ARISS school contact will be with students at Brigidine College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Thursday, 2 June 2005. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:30 UTC.
This contact will be direct between stations NA1SS and VK2KVE in New South Wales, so it should be audible to anyone in the state listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants will conduct the conversation in English.
Expedition 11 spent last week performing maintenance, experiments and ensuring the International Space Station has plenty of oxygen. The crew is also preparing for the arrival of a Russian Progress cargo vehicle on June 18, as well as the Space Shuttle's Return to Flight on July 13.Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips repaired the Station's treadmill after detecting a faulty restraint cable. The crewmembers performed a variety of biomedical experiments. They also inspected fire extinguishers and monitored carbon dioxide and formaldehyde levels.
I apologize for not getting a proper audio feed from the 5/24/2005 ISS - Coronado school contact into the EchoLink AMSAT and EDU_NET servers.
The date of the contact had been advanced by two days, and I did not notice it. When I was made aware of the new date and time on Tuesday morning, I was not able to get out of an appointment that I had for the time of the event.
The planned Sept. 27 launch of the next International Space Station crew might be pushed back to create an opportunity for a shuttle mission in September.
International Space Station Expedition 11's next ARISS school contact will be with students at Coronado Village School, Coronado, California, USA on Tuesday, 24 May 2005.
The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:21 UTC.
This contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and NN1SS in Greenbelt, Maryland USA, so it should be audible to anyone in the middle Atlantic and south eastern states listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants will conduct the conversation in English.
The 0134 UTC 05/22/05 Packet reception over my QTH in Daleville, AL,USA was 59+ signal strength and no delays. The callsigns rcvd, KC4ONA, KC0IRG, KA9SCF, WA1ZHM, K4IPH, KG4ZYY, W5EZ, AC4YC, KB1GVR, KC8YJB, W8SNE, WA1ZHM and KB1KOX. The bonus was when I realized my Palm M515(running PocketSat+) was displaying a visiable track! I walked outside the hamshack to view the most beautiful awestruke sighting of ISS at .2 mag! My first visual sighting euphoria was simular to watching the Apollo Moon landings on TV as a child-eyewatering and speechless.
73's de KI4JVK
International Space Station Expedition 11's next ARISS school contact will be with students at Coronado Village School, Coronado, California, USA on Tuesday, 24 May 2005. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:21 UTC
The Expedition 11 crew, now into the second month of its stay on the International Space Station, had a varied week highlighted by repair of an exercise treadmill, tests of an oxygen supply and preparations for the Space Shuttle's Return to Flight.Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips began the week with the repair of a faulty restraint cable on the Station exercise treadmill. The broken cable, which is used to hold the treadmill's gyroscope in place, had been detected during a routine inspection by the crew last week. The treadmill is one of three exercise options for the Space Station crew and has been operational since the repair.
NASA and its international partners have named the station's 12th crew. American astronaut Bill McArthur and Russia's Valery Tokarev will fly to the station on a Soyuz rocket in the fall.
NASA Astronauts Mike Fincke and Terry Virts recently suited up for a voyage in "space" without ever leaving Earth. In fact, their most recent space expedition was in Hollywood.
Instead of a countdown, their launch began on "lights, camera, and action!" While on vacation, the real-life space explorers traded in their spacesuits for make-believe future space garb as the two made a guest appearance on the upcoming season finale of the science fiction television series "Star Trek: Enterprise."