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Anderson's Creek Primary School ISS Contact a Huge Success

Date : 10 / 11 / 2008
Author : Robert Broomhead - VK3KRB

On the evening of the 10th of November 2008, the students of Anderson's Creek Primary School in Warrandyte VIC, learned more about life in space when they spoke to Mike Fincke on the International Space Station via amateur radio. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program had arranged the contact to be made through telebridge station VK5ZAI in Kingston South Australia.

During the 10 minute contact a total of 20 questions were asked, one youngster asked "Have you been hit by a meteor and what happens if you are .." Mike replied "There are two types, big ones and small ones, if there's a big one coming we move the space station out of the way and if it's a small one we have special protection, armor shielding that protects us from the meteors".

Responding to another question, Mike told the youngsters that there are currently three people onboard the ISS two Americans and one Russian and that they all get along very well.

The evening concluded with each participating student being presented with a framed certificate in recognition of their part in the contact. The certificates were presented by WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI.

ARISS is an international educational outreach, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.

The WIA and EMDRC would like to express their sincere appreciation and recognise the dedication of Andrea Leeder (teacher) and Des McKenzie (principal) that enabled the evenings contact to be such an overwhelming success.

Note : Click the picture above to view in more detail

Related Files

Audio - ARISS Contact Recording
ariss contact.mp3

Photograph - Teacher Andrea Leeder and one of the students.

Newspaper Report Melbourne Herald Sun 11th Nov 2008


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