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An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Technopolis, Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium on 03 Janurary. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1035 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over eastern Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Audio from the contact should also be available via the AMSAT conference on EchoLink and via the 9010 Discovery reflector on IRLP. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
A 12-year-old girl from Moscow will see her artwork launch to space in March 2009 as the winner of an international contest to design an insignia for the next cosmonaut crew.
Anna Chibiskova was honored on Monday at a ceremony held at Russia's mission control center outside Moscow, where her painting of a pair of hands supporting the Earth was revealed as the basis for the Soyuz TMA-14 crew's mission patch. Her art will be embroidered and sewn onto the spacesuits that the three cosmonauts will wear during their March 25 launch to the International Space Station.
"Thank you for your attention to the creation of our logo," said Soyuz commander Gennady Padalka before announcing Chibiskova as the winner. "We managed to see the best of more than 150 drawings, each of which is worthy of victory."
NASA TV will air a special New Year's message from International Space Station Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Sandy Magnus beginning on Monday's noon EST Video File (newsfeed).
From their vantage point 220 miles above Earth, the astronauts express their year-end thoughts on the significance of the international outpost and their New Year's wish for the complex in 2009. The crew also shares their wish for peace in the languages of all of the countries represented in the space station partnership.
For the NASA TV downlink, streaming video and scheduling information, visit:
Space traveler Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, ha been interviewed by science fiction writer Tracy Hickman about Garriott's recent visit to the International Space Station. During the session, W5KWQ talked about his experience of operating amateur radio on orbit and conversing with the ham community worldwide.
The entire interview is 2 hours and 45 minutes in duration. Its available in 3 installments. You will find it at http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dragonhearth
Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts
2. Michigan Museum Contact Successful
3. Spaceflight Participants Interviewed
4. AMSAT Report Posted
1. Upcoming School Contacts
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled with Technopolis in Mechelen, Belgium on Saturday, January 3 at 10:35 UTC via telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. The mission of Technopolis is to bring science and technology to the public. The center has permanent and temporary exhibits and organizes workshops, school activities and other outreach activities. The ARISS contact will be open to all school children 6 -18 years of age and will be supported through a workshop, lecture or science show.
ARISS Team Members,
This e-mail was sent to the ARISS volunteer team. On behalf of the ARISS International Team I wish you all a very happy holiday season.
73, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
I want to wish each of you a very happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and a happy and prosperous New Year.
This past year has been incredible for ARISS, filled with outstanding new opportunities and a lifetime of memories for all--> school children, educators, the general public, ham radio operators and the on-orbit crews. As we look back on this past year, we continue to be thankful for the support of the on-orbit crew members who volunteer their precious personal time to operate the ham radio system for us. And we thank each one of you---the ARISS volunteers---for your outstanding support to the program. This program would not be possible without the phenomenal hardware development and operations support provided by this internationally-based ARISS team of volunteers. While we are called radio Amateurs, you are definitely PROFESSIONALS in my book.
The Astronaut Richard Garriott on the ISS used this software to help you take pictures of the earth. Richard sent some pictures of the screen via SSTV this software directly from Notebook. The "Windows on Earth" is an excellent digital simulation that allows the exploitation of the land of a window of the International Space Station.
For those who do not know and want to give the simulation between the link below:
To view SSTV images of software sent by Richard Garriott when he was on the ISS see the links below:
An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA on 27 December. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1559 UTC.
The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and WA2HOM. The contact should be audible over most of N. America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is 40,000 square feet of science, math and fun located in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. Opening in 1982, the Museum has welcomed over 3.5 million guests, averaging 200,000 guests annually. The Museum has received national recognition by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Named Best Museum in 2003 by The Detroit Free Press, The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is consistently rated the Best Kids' Activity in the annual "Best of Ann Arbor" list.
International Space Station Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov wound up a 5-hour, 38-minute spacewalk to install an electromagnetic energy probe and other experiments at 1:29 a.m. EST Tuesday.
They also took photos. The spacewalk, in Russian Orlan spacesuits from the station's Pirs docking compartment, began at 7:51 p.m. Monday.
Lonchakov, the lead spacewalker, completed his first spacewalk. Fincke completed his