maandag 9 mei, ARISS schoolcontact, 09:26 UTC met The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon, Engeland

ARISS schoolcontact, donderdag 5 mei, 08:08 UTC met The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon, Engeland

In de serie schoolcontacten die met Tim Peak (GB1SS) zijn gereserveerd voor engelse scholen volgt nu een directe ARISS verbinding met The Kings School, Ottery St Mary, Devon. De verbinding op 145,800 MHz staat gepland voor 9 mei om 09:26 UTC, en moet ook hier in Nederland goed te volgen zijn. GB1OSM is de call van het grondstation bij de school.

Dit keer staat ook HamTV in de planning. Volgens opmerkingen van Tim Peake kost het een weinig moeite deze in te schakelen zolang de ATV zender niet interfereert met andere experimenten in ISS. En juist dat was de reden waarom een paar van de voorgaande verbindingen het zonder ATV moesten stellen. De live videostream is rechtstreeks te volgen op 13 cm en wordt via BATC.TV op internet verspreid. Ook via is een live stream te verwachten.

De vragen die gesteld gaan worden voor zover de tijd dat toestaat  zijn:
1. You have missed Christmas and Easter with your family and friends – how have you celebrated big events in space?
2. We have seen videos of you playing about in microgravity on the ISS – what is your favourite thing to do when ‘weightless?’
3. From your elevated advantage point, looking down on the Earth, has your perception of the events on our planet, such as conflicts and wars been altered? Does the change in perception give any insight that we could learn from?
4. Having spent many months looking at the Earth from afar, where is the first place you would go for a family holiday when you get home?
5. Over 500 astronauts have been into space, but only 12 have set foot on the moon. Do you think that we will return people to the moon again in the future? How will your research on the ISS help us if we did?
6. We have learned about your experiments on how the human body adapts to conditions in space. How will the research improve our quality of life on Earth?
7. Taking into account Einstein’s theory of relativity, do you think you are aging slower because you are travelling faster then the Earth?
8. I often stare into the inky blackness of space and wonder if the universe is expanding, then what is it expanding into? Has your time in space given you any insight?
9. Is the sunrise more spectacular from your perspective?
10. After 6 years of training to be an astronaut, I bet it’s all been worth it. The experiments you are doing are amazing, but did you ever struggle with Science at school? What would you say to anyone that finds it difficult?
11. How do you get your air in space? Do you bring it up in tanks, or do you make it in the space station, if so, how? Also, do you have a special ‘space mixture’ of air or is it the same as we have on earth?
12. Do you and the other astronauts onboard control the space station, or is it controlled from Earth?
13. Research shows that your sleeping position can affect the kind of dreams that you have. Have you noticed any difference in your sleep patterns or dreams during your time in space?
14. I am reading ‘The Astronaut’s Handbook’ at the moment, which is fascinating. If you could take one thing into space to make life more comfortable, or easier, what would it be?
15. We have enjoyed listening to your music choices on ‘Space Rocks’ – what is your all-time favourite song to listen to in space?
16. How do you keep the temperature constant inside the space station?
17. What would happen to a goldfish if you took it up to the ISS? Would it just float around in a bubble of water?
18. Do you have a special ‘space mixture’ of air or is it the same as we have on earth?
19. How will your research on the ISS help us return people to the moon?