9/9/2016 Space Station Contact at the Lawrence Public Library

Kids will be able to talk with astronauts on the space station this Friday, Sept. 9. 10:30am

11:23 Start contact
11:34 Lose contact


Here is the entire press release about the event:

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS on 09 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:25 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KC0NFL. The contact should be audible over the state of Kansas, USA and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Lawrence Public Library (LPL) is located in the vibrant community of Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence has a population of around 87,000 people and is home to the University of Kansas.

LPL provides free access to a wide range of informational, intellectual, and cultural resources for our community. We seek to create an environment in which all members of the community feel welcome, and to act as a community living room where all types of important topics can be discussed and examined.

Through participation in the ARISS program, we hope to provide all members of our community with the opportunity to learn more about space exploration, the international space station, and radio in general. We most especially are hoping to encourage 6-12th graders in our community to expand their horizons and consider STEM careers.

In the months leading up to our contact with the International Space Station LPL has provided a number of programs in partnership with the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club ranging from building crystal radios and preparing for and taking the radio technician exam, to star gazing and learning about the science of rocketry and what life is like in space. Space-themed story hours for the smallest kids, and book displays for teens and adults also sought to educate and excite as many community members as possible about the upcoming contact.

Our full community was encouraged to become involved in the contact by submitting potential questions to ask the astronauts, and then by voting for their favorite questions in order to narrow the list down to our community’s top 20. A lucky group of 6-12th graders will get to ask these questions as we all listen in to the radio contact.

In the hours surrounding our contact LPL and a number of local organizations will provide activities and informational booths on everything from what it takes to become an astronaut, to activities such as launching paper rockets on the library lawn.

It will be an event for the whole community to enjoy and an opportunity for our teens to look beyond the everyday and imagine a future with STEM.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. Have you seen any examples of your crew developing its own space
2. What kinds of bacteria are in the space station?
3. What does the international space station smell like?
4. Are space headaches worse than headaches you’ve had on earth?
5. How do you deal with mental health issues in space?
6. Can you see space junk outside the space station and does it look like
7. Would you go to Mars if you were given the opportunity?
8. How frequently do you see meteors/objects entering atmospheres, how is
it different from seeing them on Earth?
9. Do you have a favorite experiment?
10. While in space, do you prefer books/music about space, or something
more terrestrial, and why?
11. What are you reading? And how do you get new materials (ebooks,
physical books etc.)?
12. Have your experiences in space changed your outlook on life, and if so,
13. What happens when there is a solar flare?
14. Do you ever get claustrophobic in the space station?
15. Have you had an experience in space where your preparation didn’t
really prepare you for the event and why?
16. What inspired you to become an astronaut?
17. What is the most exciting thing on the horizon for the ISS?
18. Do you ever fear that when you come back to Earth everything will be
19. What are your thoughts on the international cooperation necessary to
make a project like the international space station possible?
20. What is the most difficult part of your current journey?


Visit ARISS on Facebook. We can be found at Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS).

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Next planned event(s):
1. C.E.PR. Almadén, Jaén, Spain, direct via EA7URJ or TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Kate Rubins KG5FYJ
Contact is a go for: Thu 2016-09-15 08:14 UTC

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 (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 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 www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.

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