sexta-feira, 24 de maio de 2019

ARISS school contact planned for Northern Territories, Canada

An International Space Station school contact has been planned for David St-Jacques KG5FYI with participants at Mildred Hall School, Yellowknife, NT, Canada on Monday 27 May, 2019. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:44 UTC, which is 21:44 CEST.

The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and ON4ISS, located in Belgium. The contact will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz

School presentation
Mildred Hall, a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 School, is located in the heart of downtown Yellowknife with Frame Lake and its beautiful trail almost sitting in its backyard.  It houses 271 students from the ages of 4 to 14 with very diverse backgrounds and cultures. Almost 80% of the students are Indigenous, so it boasts programming that is relevant to hands-on learning, science inquiry, outdoor experiential opportunities and the instruction of English, French and Dogrib.  Our basic beliefs revolve around the acronym SOAR- Share what you have (S), Ownership (O), Achieve your very best (A) and Respect everyone and everything around you. (R).

Students Questions:
1.  Why is space travel so important to astronauts and other humans?
2.  I saw a picture you took of the northern lights and we have a lot of them over here in Yellowknife.  Are you able to fly through the northern lights?
3.  How do you see the sun from where you are? Is there a sunrise or sunset? Is it different to how we see it on Earth?
4.  How long are you there and how long can a person stay in space?  Does it affect your body in anyway, causing irreversible consequences?
5.  Do you constantly work up there?  Do you do anything for fun?  If so, what?
6.  What is your favorite thing about being in space?
7.  What is the most challenging thing about being in space?
8.  Does your hair and nails grow at the same rate in space?  Is there anything different about the way they grow?
9.  If there is an emergency on the space station and you have to escape, is there an emergency pod? If not, what happens?
10.  What is gravitational time dilation?
11.  How do you keep time in space? Are you in a time zone?
12.  Do you think humans will ever live on another planet?
13. What were you thinking when you blasted off?
14.  What is the strangest thing you have ever seen or experienced in space?
15.  Is it as silent as movies show?  Why?
16.  What do you miss the most while you are there?

About ARISS:
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA. The US Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provide ARISS special support. 

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.

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see, and

Gaston Bertels – ON4WF

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