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An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, India on 07 November. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 0715 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge contact between stations NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over western 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.
Dibrugarh University, the easternmost University of India was set up in 1965 under the provisions of the Dibrugarh University Act, 1965 enacted by the Assam Legislative Assembly. It is a teaching-cum-affiliating University with limited residential facilities. The University is situated at Rajabheta at a distance of about five kilometers to the south of the premier town of the Dibrugarh in the eastern part of Assam as well as India. Dibrugarh, a commercially and industrially advanced town in the entire north-eastern region also enjoys a unique place in the fields of Art, Literature and Culture. The district of Dibrugarh is well known for its vast treasure of minerals (including oil and natural gas and coal), a flora and fauna and largest concentration of tea plantations. The diverse tribes with their distinct dialects, customs, traditions and culture form a polychromatic ethnic mosaic which makes this area a veritable paradise for the study of Anthropology and Sociology, beside Art and Culture.
NASA managers completed a review Thursday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected the official launch date for the STS-126 mission. Commander Chris Ferguson and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 7:55 p.m. EST on Nov. 14.
Endeavour's STS-126 flight will feature important repair work to the station and prepare it for housing six crew members during long-duration missions. The primary focus of the 15-day flight and its four planned spacewalks is to service the station's two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints, which allow its solar arrays to track the sun. Endeavour will carry about 32,000 pounds to orbit, including supplies and equipment necessary to double the crew size from three to six members in spring 2009. The new station cargo includes additional sleeping quarters, a second toilet and a resistance exercise device.
An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at St. Thomas' Primary School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 04 November. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1015 UTC.
The contact will be a direct contact between stations NA1SS and VK4HBK. The contact should be audible over eastern Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
Several displays are planned for the library on the school ARISS project. These displays will have information on the NASA space program, Amateur Radio and ARISS. They will also have a link to the school ARISS Project web site, NASA and the current location of the International Space Station. We also plan an interactive section where children can listen to past ARISS school contacts.
An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at IES Trassierra, CÃ³rdoba, Spain on 03 November. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 0903 UTC.
The contact will be a direct contact between stations OR4ISS and AO7URC. The contact should be audible over western Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
The IES Trassierra is a Secondary Education School with 900 students. It is located between a developing area and an area of low social-economical status. The project "Sailing through Space" will help students to broaden their knowledge in the field of space and also will be a very important tool to motivate them to study. The project is going to last two years and it will include a wide variety of activities such as observing the sky from Cordoba, visiting the workshop that the Observatory of Granada brought to the school and making trips to the observatory situated in Toledo.
I received the following e-mail today from Owen Garriott, W5LFL and wanted to share this with the Amateur Community. Please post this and pass it to others in the amateur radio community, as appropriate.
73, Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs
ARSIS International Chairman
Richard, W5KWQ, landed in Kazakhstan on Friday, 24 October 2008 at about 0936 local time and was met there by his father Owen, W5LFL. They became the first American "second generation" father/son combination to have both flown in space and the first cosmonaut/astronaut-trained pair in the world. They returned to Star City near Moscow that afternoon for medical evaluation and this is the first interview provided by Richard the very next day. It is transcribed and delivered by Owen to the ham community.
An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Santa Teresa del Bambin GesÃ¹, Rome, Italy on 30 October. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 0855 UTC.
The contact will be a direct contact between stations NA1SS and IK0USO. The contact should be audible over Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
The school "Santa Teresa del Bambino GesÃ¹" is a catholic primary school in Rome, established to answer to the needs and demands for catholic education of the local population. The school belongs to the Congregation of Missionary Carmelitane Sisters of Saint Therese of Jesus Child. The school is open to families that take care of the religious education and formation of their children. The preparation of the ISS radio contact is under way since a long time: educational projects on different scientific topics support the special event.
A simulated Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled for Monday, October 27 at approximately 17:00 UTC between ESA astronaut, Frank De Winne, ON1DWN, and youth attending the Technopolis in Mechelen, Belgium. This training session is a terrestrial-based amateur radio contact using ARISS-equivalent equipment.
HOUSTON -- NASA Television will broadcast two special messages from International Space Station crew members, one that urges all Americans to exercise their right to vote and another marking the station's 10th birthday.
The messages will be broadcast beginning at 11 a.m. CDT, Monday, Oct. 27, on both standard definition and high-definition NASA TV. The HD version also will be broadcast at 11 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Speeding 210 miles above Earth at five miles per second, Expedition 18 Commander E. Michael Fincke and Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff will join millions of Americans and cast their votes in the Nov. 4 election. Thanks to a Texas bill passed in 1997, Fincke and Chamitoff will join several past astronauts who have voted from orbit.