Archive - May 2008 - Story
Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contact
2. Armada Area Schools - ARISS Contact Postponed
3. ARISS Founder Ron Parise Passes on
4. ARISS Member Interviewed on Australian TV
5. NASA Tool Aids Amateur Radio Operators
6. Wings over the Rockies Amateur Radio Event
7. ARISS Presentation at Dayton Hamvention
8. Ron Parise Memorial
1. Upcoming School Contact
Delta Researchers Schools 2008, Space Expo in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact via telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii. The contact will take place on Friday, May 23 at 15:01 UTC. Twelve Dutch primary schools which participate in the Delta project will be represented at Space Expo. The project is a cooperation of the Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. The schools participating in the project use the themes of space and space exploration to teach science and technology. Three children (ages 7 - 12) from each school will be present.
NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman squeezed in some laughs amid his busy day aboard the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday during an orbital call from comedian Stephen Colbert.
Riesman, a flight engineer for the station's Expedition 17 mission, spoke with Colbert about life in space and his three-month mission for tonight's episode of the faux-conservative show "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central.
"I can't believe my voice is being broadcast to space right now. I should say something really profound," Colbert said during the interview broadcast on NASA TV. "Eat it, Jon Stewart, I'm talking to space!"
The crew of the space shuttle Discovery successfully completed a dress rehearsal today for their upcoming launch. They capped off their practice run at Cape Canaveral with a simulated countdown to liftoff at 11:00 a.m. EDT.
The seven STS-124 astronauts are scheduled to launch May 31 at 5:02 p.m. EDT to deliver the International Space Station's largest room, the 32,500-pound Japanese Kibo Laboratory. Crewmembers are slated to perform three spacewalks during their planned 13-day mission.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a great friend, colleague and fellow ham radio operator. Dr. Ronald A. Parise, WA4SIR, left this Earth today, Friday May 9, 2008 after a very long and courageous battle with cancer.
Ron Parise was--and continues to be--an inspiration to countless students, ham radio operators, and friends the world over. His accomplishments were many, including: space explorer, pioneer, astrophysicist, pilot, ham radio operator, avionics and software expert, inspirational speaker and motivator, student satellite mentor, husband, father, and friend. While he certainly did some truly extraordinary things in his lifetime, Ron Parise is best known and cherished for keeping family and friends firstâ€¦and for this, we will miss him most.
Students from coast to coast will have the opportunity to make an out of this world call to the International Space Station on Monday, May 12, from 11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. CDT. The students and educators from One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center, Richmond Hill, N.Y., and Valley Christian Elementary School, Bellflower, Calif., will participate in the event.
The two locations will be part of a 20 minute in-flight education downlink, allowing students from across the country to share in this unique collaborative experience. During the event, students and educators will interact with Expedition 17 astronaut Garrett Reisman. Both locations used NASA education resources to enhance their existing curriculum and worked together to develop a comprehensive education plan to compliment the downlink. Students designed mission patches, learned about space station science experiments, made models of the space station, and explored the NASA Web site for student research and activities.
Amateur Radio recently got some good publicity when Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI appeared in an interview on the Australian Channel 7 Today Tonight show.
The show was broadcast on the 11th April and provided some great insights as to how Tony and others over the years have provided support to Nasa and how amateur radio helps to promote public awareness of the NASA space program through school contacts with the astronauts aboard the ISS.
Read the full story and view or download the video from the WIA website at http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2008/20080504-2/index.php
HOUSTON -- The residents of the International Space Station will receive a new shipment of food, fuel and supplies next week, and NASA Television will broadcast its arrival live.
Expedition 17 Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Garrett Reisman will be standing by as the unpiloted ISS Progress 29 resupply craft automatically docks to the Earth-facing port on the Zarya module at 4:37 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 16. NASA TV coverage of the new Progress' arrival will begin at 4 p.m. with commentary and available downlink television.
The cargo ship is carrying more than two tons of supplies for the three crew members. It will be launched at 3:22 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA TV will not broadcast the launch.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- After safely reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Discovery now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-124 mission. A launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, is scheduled to take place at Kennedy from May 6 to 9.
Discovery arrived at the pad at 4:25 a.m. EDT Saturday on top of a giant crawler-transporter. The crawler-transporter left Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 11:47 p.m. Friday, traveling less than 1 mph during the 3.4-mile journey. The shuttle was secured on the launch pad at 6:06 a.m. Saturday.
ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZÃ˜JPA, gave two presentations to Italian schools which had participated in ARISS contacts in October 2007. On Wednesday, April 23, Nespoli spoke to 565 students from Galileo Galilei High School of Civitavecchia, Guglielmo Marconi High School of Civitavecchia and GiosuÃ¨ Carducci Secondary School in Santa Marinella. On April 24, he spoke with 400 students from Aula Magna of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of L'Aquila. ARISS member Francesco De Paolis, IKÃ˜WGF, gave a talk on the ARISS program and Nespoli gave a presentation on the Esperia mission which also highlighted the ARISS contacts. Television stations and newspapers covered the events and photographs have been posted to the ARISS-Europe Web site. See: http://www.ariss-eu.org/2008_04_27.htm
1. ARISS Space Day Contact Successful
On Saturday, May 3, the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C. participated in Space Day 2008, celebrating the 50th anniversary of NASA and NASA's achievements through space exploration. Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) and Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) members manned an activity station during the event. A highlight of the event was an ARISS contact made possible through the assistance of telebridge station NN1SS in Greenbelt, Maryland. Thirty questions were put to Garrett Reisman, KE5HAE, live, by ten children as approximately 200 gathered in the gallery. The audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) and JK1ZRW (277 208) Conference Room servers and received 25 connections. It was also fed into the IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010, receiving 4 connections from Canada and the U.S. Additionally, the event was taped by the NASM staff. Space Day draws crowds of thousands annually.