Thursday, 19 July 2012

International Space Station Contact to be relayed live via EI4FMG.

ARISS contact planned with ESA Space Camp in Dublin, Ireland.

Sunday 22 July 2012, at approximately 17.25 UTC, which is 18.25 Dublin time and 19.25 CEST, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact is planned for ESA Space Camp in Dublin, Ireland.
This will be relayed live through EI4FMG at the times above.

The European Space Agency has locations in several European countries. The annual summer space camp is an occasion when the children of staff employed at ESA get a chance to mix with each other in an environment which allows them to be immersed in space activities and cultural events.
This year the 160 ESA campers will land in a traditional "Harry Potter” style boarding school near Dublin, in a country full of mystical stories and a breath taking landscape, on 14 July 2012. St Columba’s College offers the amenities where children will learn about Space Ship Earth in more detail, with emphasis on hands on activities and having fun whilst learning.
As part of their 2 week stay at the camp, the children aged 8-17 years, will take part in sporting events, field trips where they will explore more about what earth is made of, look more closely at how we explore other planets and design their own launchers and space suits. They will be visited by an ESA astronaut who will join in the activities and explain about astronaut training and human spaceflight.
The space talk will be a telebridge contact operated by W6SRJ, located in Santa Rosa, California.
ARISS 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 countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on board 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.

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