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International Space Station School Contact

Winter Gardens School  8th October 2014

 On the 8th October 2014 we organized   another contact with the International Space Station with Students from The Winter Gardens Primary School , Canvey Island, and Pilton Bluecoat School, Devon who were able to ask 24 questions to Reid Wiseman KF5LKC  Flight Engineer aboard the International  Space Station, it was operated by Members of South Essex Amateur Radio Society using Amateur Radio to contact the Spacecraft as it passes 250 miles above the earth travelling at 17500mph,  we  accessed remotely  a ARISS ground  station in California, U.S.A.  W6SRJ   the school hall was packed full of visitors and members of staff and media  we had to share the day with another school in Devon because of the number of schools on the waiting list, great contact, great day.


Expedition 41 crew members take a break from training at NASA's Johnson Space Centre to pose for a crew portrait. Pictured on the front row are Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev (left), commander; and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, flight engineer. Pictured from the left (back row) are NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, all flight engineers.

List of Questions that was asked by the Students of Winter Gardens School

and Pilton Bluecoate School

1. (WG) - What is the maximum number of people that

 can live on the ISS?

2. (PB) - What inspired you to become an astronaut?

3. (WG) - What sort of food do you eat?

4. (PB) - What is your daily routine like?

5. (WG) - If you cry, do the tears run down your face or

 just float away?

6. (PB) - Where does all of your waste go?

7. (WG) - How do you get supplies such as food, drink

and clothes?

8. (PB) - What effect does no gravity have on your body?

9. (WG) - How do you get air up there?

10. (PB) - Have you experienced any meteor showers?

11. (WG) - Can you use ink pens when there is no


12. (PB) - Who came up with the idea of a space station?

13. (WG) - When you are in space, how often do you

get to talk to your family?

Pictures from the event  on Page 2   



    Listen to the contact here

14. (PB) How often do you work outside the space


15. (WG) How much sleep do you get in space when

you do not know if it is night or day?

16. (PB) What is the most serious emergency you have

 had to deal with?

17. (WG) How did you become an astronaut?

18. (PB) What interesting research have you done in


19. (WG) How long does it take you to get rid of your

 ‘space feeling’ when you come back home?

20. (PB) How do you get to and enter the space


21. (WG) How do you know what is happening down

on earth, do you get electronic versions of newspapers

22. (PB)  What do you do on space walks?

23. (WG) If you were not an astronaut, what would

you have been?

24. (PB) Is it an advantage or disadvantage to have no

Gravity on the ISS.