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David- AA4KN, ARISS PR via the AMSAT-BB: An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI on 28 June. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:02 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W8TCM. The contact should be audible over the state of Michigan and areas within the ISS signal path. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
If you hold your right hand up, palm side facing you, that’s what people from the lower peninsula of Michigan use as a reasonable map
(just ask Astronaut Christina Koch). Traverse City is situated at the notch formed between your pinky and ring fingers, representing
its location at the head of Grand Traverse Bay, part of Lake Michigan. Its location near the 45th parallel region and the Great lakes
generally offers warm, mild, summers and severe winters.
The Traverse City area is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States, and each July the city hosts the weeklong National
Cherry Festival attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually. The surrounding countryside also produces hops and grapes, and is one
of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. The area features many natural attractions, including freshwater beaches, Sleeping Bear
Dunes National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and numerous forests. Arts and cultural activities such as the Traverse City Film Festival,
the National Writers Series, and nearby Interlochen Center for the Arts, add to a vibrant quality of life.
The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is a network of six libraries, serving over 90,000 residents of Grand Traverse County. With over
68,000 active cardholders, TADL provides dynamic resources and innovative services to stimulate intellectual curiosity, facilitate lifelong
learning, promote literacy, and nurture personal enrichment. This includes many resources and programs to support early literacy. Encouraging
exploration and curiosity through STEM and other creative programs for youth. TADL provides access to a variety of materials and services for
research, local history collections, learning new or developing existing skills, and much more. Our annual Summer Reading Club program, for
readers of all ages, is in full swing. This year’s theme is about space and titled: A Universe of Stories.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What personal items did you bring with you to space?
2. What does math have to do with space? Do you use addition,
multiplication or algebra?
3. What effect does being in space have on the body other than being
4. Does low gravity interfere with your digestive system?
5. How will your new robot, Astrobee, help you work in space?
6. How do you make or store oxygen in space?
7. How do you prevent medical problems in space, and what happens if an
astronaut requires emergency surgery?
8. How much space debris is in orbit, and how do you handle it when it
comes near the ISS?
9. How many girls go up to outer space?
10. What responsibility and/or efforts is the space program making to
protect the ozone layer?
11. How did your military background apply to becoming an astronaut?
12. What do you do with the trash on the ISS? Do you recycle or reuse?
13. Can you see the melting of glaciers and polar ice caps from outer
14. How is sleeping in space different from sleeping on Earth?
15. How long can you work in the space suit during a spacewalk?
16. What is your favorite food in space?