Archive - Mar 23, 2009 - Story

Cotswold School, Christchurch, New Zealand, Thur (Mar 26) at 23:52 UTC

ARISS

An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Cotswold School, Christchurch, New Zealand on 26 March. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 2352 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK5ZAI. The contact should be audible over eastern Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Audio from the contact should also be available via the AMSAT conference on EchoLink and via the 9010 Discovery reflector on IRLP. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 03 – 23 10:42

Third STS-119 Spacewalk Today

ISS Status Report

STS-119 Mission Specialists Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold are slated to work outside the station today for the third planned spacewalk of the mission. Their tasks will include the relocation of a crew and equipment translation aid cart, the lubrication of the Canadarm2 end effector, and several tasks on the starboard and port truss segments.

Acaba and Arnold are scheduled to leave the station at 11:43 a.m. EDT. The excursion is expected to last 6.5 hours.

The STS-119 crew's stay at the station will end when Discovery undocks March 25.

For the latest news and information on the STS-119 mission, visit the main shuttle page. › Read more at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 03 – 23 10:16

ARISS Status March 23, 2009

ARISS

Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts
2. Article on Hampton Bays Contact
3. General Radio Contacts
4. ARISS Team Meeting to be Held

1. Upcoming School Contacts
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled for Cotswold School in Christchurch, New Zealand. The contact will take place on Thursday, March 26 at 23:52 UTC via telebridge station VK5ZAI in Australia. Cotswold is a primary school which has an enrollment of 500 children, ages 5 to 11. The ARISS contact has been integrated into the school's science curriculum which covers the solar system and space exploration. Students have learned what the requirements are to become an astronaut and about life in space. The school is in the process of setting up an amateur radio station; ten children have joined the amateur radio club. These students have also learned about sound waves, the history of radio communication, and basic circuit building.