ARISS contact planned with Explorers Club, New York City
educational radio contact is planned with The Explorers Club, New York
City, New York. The event is scheduled Saturday October 25, 2014 at
16:36:09 UTC, which is 18.36 CEST. It will be a telebridge contact,
operated by IK1SLD.
Downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.
the contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and
JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery
The Explorers Club is an
international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the
advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve
the instinct to explore. Founded in New York City in 1904, The
Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air,
and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural
and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an
illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to
the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the
deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all
accomplished by our members.
The Explorers Club actively
encourages public interest in exploration and the sciences through its
public lectures program, publications, travel program, and other events.
The Club also maintains Research Collections, including a library and
map room, to preserve the history of the Club and to assist those
interested and engaged in exploration and scientific research. The Club
houses a radio room and amateur radio station K2XP.
On Oct. 25,
2014 The Explorers Club will host a special all-day event focusing on
the history of human spaceflight at Explorers Club headquarters in New
York. This year’s venue will feature astronauts and space-flight
participants from several missions using the Cold War as a backdrop –
Apollo, Soyuz, Space Shuttle and SpaceShipOne. The day will include a
mix of straight-up talks, “Exploring Legends” interviews by Jim Clash,
and panel discussions. Among confirmed story-tellers so far are Gen.
Charles Duke, Apollo 16 moonwalker (and CapCom for the Apollo 11
lunarlanding); Richard Garriott and Greg Olsen, both of whom flew aboard
Soyuz to ISS; four-time Shuttle/Soyuz veteran Leroy Chiao; Walter
Cunningham, Apollo 7 Lunar Module pilot; Catherine “Cady” Coleman, who
performed a live flute duet with Ian Anderson aboard ISS (and who will
play at the Club’s event); and Brian Binnie, who piloted SpaceShipOne to
win the Ansari X Prize in 2004. The ARISS contact and interview will be
an integral segment of this human-exploration experience and public
The following 16 questions were assembled from Space
Stories presenters, students, Explorers Club members and space-related
personnel. These individuals may or may not ask the question as they
might be speaking as part of the Space Stories event.
Jim Clash, ticket holder Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo: Einstein says
time slows down as you speed up. Does this apply to ISS astronauts
flying 17,500 mph? If so, how much less do you age versus people on
2. Charles Duke, Apollo 16 moonwalker: What is the most interesting science experiment you are working on?
Jim Enterline, K2XP Explorers Club radio station manager: Has ham
radio been one of your hobbies before or since your NASA training?
4. Annaliese Ruth Simons, 5th Grade, Frost Elementary School, East Brunswick NJ: What do you do for fun in space?
5. Hugh Yamamura, 7-year-old student, Tokyo, Japan: From space, can you see meteors as they enter Earth's atmosphere?
Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 LM pilot: Has the elimination of military
pilot experience had a positive or negative impact on crew operations?
Brian Binnie, SpaceShipOne pilot: Space debris in general, but also
specifically it seems that someone might deliberately launch and blow up
something on ISS's inclination with the intent of making your lives
miserable. How good is the "early warning alert" for you to maneuver out
of harm's way?
8. Tom Barry, Manager, Community Engagement &
STEM Initiatives, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Did you have
expectations about what being an astronaut is like - and how does the
reality of your job compare?
9. Ashok van de Meer, age 8, Red
Hook, NJ: Can astronauts see polar ice caps shrinking from year to year
or any other visible effects of global warming from space?
Charles Van, Norfolk, VA: Are any artificial gravity experiments being
conducted on ISS, such as using rotating segments to simulate a gravity
11. Mark Holden, President - Boothe Memorial
Astronomical Society, Stratford, CT: ISS has been our best opportunity
to gather information about long-term missions. Other than funding, what
are the most important problems to overcome for a manned mission to
12. Mark O'Gara, Amateur Astronomers Association of NY: On
the night side of Earth when you look out to stars, what are the limits
of your ability to see? Can you see galaxies like M81/M82 with the
naked eye, or is it the same stuff we see, but clearer?
13. Steven Zaretsky, Harrison, NY: Are any of you religious, and if so, how do you feel about practicing faith in space?
Alex Attanasio, New York, NY: How much Delta-V do you actually get
from thrusters on the station alone? How much can they affect your orbit
and orientation or can that only be done with a push from a Soyuz or
other docked vessel?
15. Joan Vandenberg: What do you miss most about not being on Earth?
16. Tucker Hewes, New York, NY: Does the moon look bigger from space?
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
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience
the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers
onboard 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.
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe Chairman
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