ARISS Event - CERN Tuesday at 15:17 UTC
The next International Space Station's Expedition 12 ARISS school contact will be with students at the ESA CERN Geneva Science Festival in Geneva, Switzerland on 22 November 2005. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:17 UTC.
This contact will be telebridged between stations NA1SS and NN1SS in Greenbelt, MD. It should be audible to anyone in the northeast United States and southern portions of Ontario and Quebec listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
"Science on Stage" is a program for European Science Teachers. This year, the Festival goes on at CERN (European Nuclear Research Center) in Geneva.
Three hundred Science Teachers from 25 countries present experiments and teaching methods. ESA has invited students from 6 different countries for a 3 days visit at CERN during the Festival. Eighteen students will have the opportunity to participate to the Space Talk. The students are from Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Norway and Portugal. Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. When you are up in space, looking down at the Earth, can you see the air pollution or do you need a special device?
2. When I sleep I turn around in my bed to be comfortable. Do you turn around when you sleep in space?
3. What can the astronauts eat in the Space Station? Are there any restrictions in their diet?
4. If you put your thumb over the Sun, from the ISS, can you see the solar corona? Can you see the stars in the background?
5. Are you able to watch extreme weather on the earth from the ISS?
6. What was the biggest difficulty that you have experienced in space so far?
7. The calcium in the bones of astronauts is being broken down as fast as on Earth but bone tissue is very slowly produced. Why is this?
8. When did you become interested in spaceflight?
9. In what way can manned spaceflight contribute to the study of environmental and ecological problems, such as the ozone hole or greenhouse effect?
10. When you look outside of the ISS what is similar to looking outside of an airplane and what is totally different (besides floating)?
11. Is it possible to see damages on the earth, like earthquakes, oil spills or reduction of rain forests?
12. Do you now feel the same person you were before going into space?
13. What protects a shuttle against the dangerous radiation of sun flares? When they are powerful can't they get through the protection shields?
14. Do you feel safe in space or are you afraid of accidents?
15. What are the qualifications that somebody needs in order to become an astronaut?
16. How long is your stay in orbit? Do you have some privacy? How many are you together and what space do you have in total?
17. Can you describe what it's like to walk outside the ISS, to repair something for instance?
18. How is the supply of Oxygen regulated in the Space Station?
Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS will be turned off prior to the beginning of the contact. It will be returned to service as quickly as possible after that event. Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
The next scheduled event is Central Park Middle School, a NASA Explorer School in Schenectady, New York on 23 November 2005 at 17:13 UTC.
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website
http://www.rac.ca/ariss (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).
Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO