Op Zaterdag 23 april volgt er weer een schoolcontact vanuit ISS met “Wellesley House School”, Broadstairs, Kent, UK. Het wordt weer een directe verbinding tussen de school met de roepletters GB1WHS en Tim Peake (GB1SS) in het ruimtestation. Het radiocontact moet dan ook goed te ontvangen zijn in een groot deel van Europa.
Ook dit keer is de kans groot dat er naast de radio verbinding een digitale amateur TV uitzending wordt gebruikt. Via de BATC wordt het tv signaal ook weer verspreid. Kijk op www.batc.tv of beter nog op https://principia.ariss.org/live/ om de uitzending te volgen. Bijzonder te vermelden is dat de audio kwaliteit via de digitale ATV uitzending over het algemeen beter is dan de ontvangst van de 5 watt Kenwood zender in de Columbus module.
De vragen die gesteld gaan worden zijn:
1. (Lucy – Year 9) – You have mentioned in an earlier call that you have been sleeping very well on the Space Station. Is that still the case or have you found any cumulative effects after four months in space ?
2. (Aeden – Year 10) – As the ISS hosts astronauts from many different nationalities, what public holidays do the crew observe, if any, and how are they chosen?
3. (Anna – Year 11) – St Richards and two of our Primary Project Partner school, Dallington and Vinehall are taking part in the RHS ‘Rocket Science’ Experiment from the Principia Mission. How will the results from this experiment influence future planning for growing similar samples in another planet’s gravity?
4. (Andrew – Year 11) – We have seen the preparation with Heston Blumental of an exciting astronaut menu for the mission – does the food taste the same in space as it did on Earth?
5. (Shona – Year 11) – In a sealed spacecraft like the International Space Station, how is the air quality monitored and controlled?
6. (Luigi – Year 11) – We see the wonderful time lapse images of the ISS orbiting the Earth, but what I like looking at are the stars and making out the constellations. Do you do any astronomical research on the ISS?
7. (Moira – Year 11) – During the mission you yourself are part of experiments using the British designed MMS Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure Analyser to collect data for the NASA Fluid Shifts investigation. Which aspect of the self-experimentation has been the most interesting or challenging?
8. (Chris – Year 9) – Are there any experiments that rely on naked flames on the ISS? If so, how are they carried out and what low gravity precautions are employed?
9. (Ancy – Year 11) – If I oversleep my parents will wake me up – have you overslept on the ISS and had to be woken up by someone?”
10. (Will – Year 10) – The distance between Bexhill and Brighton is 31 miles with a journey time by car of nearly 50 minutes. How much time would it take for the ISS to do this trip?
11. (Vita – Year 11) – What are the greatest challenges of living in space and in retaining a permanent crew on board the ISS?
12. (Max – Year 10) – You have tweeted some amazing and beautiful images of the aurora. Have you been able to monitor solar flare or CME activity and correlate to the brightness of the aurora?
13. (Ben – Year 11) – How does it feel to be able to see all humanity?
14. (Lucy – Year 9) – Is the ISS affected by the Earth’s magnetic field?
15. (Aeden – Year 10) – On Sunday you will be joining thousands of others in taking part in the London Marathon. What special routines have you trained for this in space?
16. (Anna – Year 11)) – In the London marathon, runners will have natural cooling as the run – how do you regulate your body temperature in a sealed environment such as the IS?.
17. (Andrew – Year 11) – We understand you are taking part in the Skin B research on the ISS? Can you share any interesting findings?
18. (Shona – Year 11) – You have tweeted that having a bacon sandwich and cup of tea on arrival at the ISS was the best welcome possible. What food are you looking forward to on landing?
19. (Luigi – Year 11) – What is special about space suits that help you breathe in space when on an EVA?
20. (Moira – Year 11) – How smooth was the launch in December?