Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 6 October 2004 Students in Poland Chat with Astronaut Mike Fincke KE5AIT on ISS Morski Klub Łączności "Szkuner" SP2ZIE Gdynia, Poland 6 October 2004 Students in Poland Chat with Astronaut Mike Fincke KE5AIT on ISS Mike Fincke KE5AIT Expedition 9 Crew: E. Michael Fincke KE5AIT, Gennady I. Padalka RN3DT Gdynia is a middle sized city located in northern part of Poland. Gdynia, Gdańsk and Sopot are close to each other on the border of the Baltic Sea. They form a complex of three cities, called Tricity. Three schools participated in the ARISS School Contact: the Gdańsk High School (V Zespół Szkół Ponadpodstawowych, Nowy Port, Gdańsk) is a public high school. The school is well known for its innovative approach to education. The Author High School (Gdyńskie Liceum Autorskie) in Gdynia is a private high school also featuring innovative programs for the tuition of students. Both schools are participating in Space education program Application of Sciences for the Space Exploration ZNEK (Zastosowania Nauki do Eksploracji Kosmosu) ZNEK organized by Polish Astronautics Society. The ZNEK program aims to provide interdisciplinary knowledge of astronautics for middle and high grade students. Students gain theoretical knowledge covering celestial mechanics, space technology, space law, space medicine and social science. The first ARISS School Contact in Poland is part of the project. Students from these schools are interested in further studies related to astronautics in Poland and abroad. Gdynia Maritime Academy (Akademia Morska w Gdyni) educates marine specialists at bachelor and master level. The Academy comprises a radio electronics section. Hamradio Club "Schooner" SP2ZIE is part of this section. The SP2ZIE Hamradio Club provided the ground station for the ARISS contact. This is a pioneering project in Poland and its role will be significant in further activities of the club. The club's HQ are located 80 meters above sea level, one of the highest sites in Gdynia. The location provides excellent conditions for an ARISS contact. The ARISS contact took place during the international Space Week promoting cooperation in space exploration and space education. A great start for the third edition of ZNEK space education project. The ISS crew was using the NA1SS call sign. Mike Fincke answered all the questions prepared by the students. Here are some of them: Is eating in space funny? "Eating in Space is fun" Do you play games on Internet or on the ISS LAN? "Sometimes we play games in the weekend, to relax" Do you drink beer with foam in space? "No, we have no beer on the ISS" Do you sometimes argue on the ISS? "Commander Gennady Padalka is great. We get along very well" Did you have any serious malfunctions? "We haven't experienced severe malfunctions. We fixed stabilization gyroscopes during an EVA" Did you have to sacrifice something for an astronaut career? "Yes, I miss my family. My daughter was born while I was up here. Will be happy to see her soon" Where is better to live: on the Earth or on the ISS? "Life on earth is fine. But I also like life in Space" How does space look like from the ISS? "Space is beautiful. The sky is very black and the stars don't twinkle" What are you doing in your free time? "We are very busy. To relax I look at DVD films, play games and read books" Do you rest and sleep on the ISS as well as on the earth? "I sleep very well onboard after a very busy working day. It's quiet up here" Are you talking with ships or vessels via radio? "We mostly have contact with our professional ground teams. But also with hams over amateur radio" Did you dream about the flight to MARS? "Yes. I would like to go to Mars. But I would miss my family" The Gdynia Club Station SP2ZIE was operated by Krzysztof SQ8JIP. The Project Coordinator was Krystian SQ2KL. There were about 40 people in the radio room, students, teachers, radio and TV. A closed loop ATV transmission was set up to another room with an audience of 100 people. ARISS is an international educational outreach program with US participation from NASA, AMSAT (The Amateur Satellite Radio Corp.), and the American Radio Relay League. ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities experience, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.rac.ca/ariss Radioamateur Societies from the ISS partner countries, in the USA, Canada, Russia, Europe and Japan, have set up ARISS, a volunteering working group devoted to develop and put into operation the on-board amateur radio station. ARISS-Europe is the European branch of ARISS.
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