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  • Monday, February 13, 2012

    ARISS contact planned with school in Louisville, Kentucky

    Tuesday February 14, 2012 at approximately 20.15 UTC, which is 21.15 CEWT, an educational  ARISS contact is planned with the Academy@Shawnee Louisville, Kentucky. Venue is at Challenger Learning Center and assisting organization is the Louisville Astronomical Society.

    The Academy@Shawnee is an inner city high school of about 500 students. It has been designated as the Aerospace Magnet School for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. Students who attend the school have the option to focus on one of three career paths in aerospace. If a student’s desire is to become a pilot, he or she can earn a private pilots license. We have the only FAA Part 141 Private Pilots Course offered in a high school in the nation. Students wishing to study engineering can enroll in Project Lead the Way, one of the nation’s premier pre-college engineering programs. This is a five course program with an aerospace focus. Students wanting to become an Aircraft Mechanic can earn 25 college hours as they work towards a FAA Airframe and Powerplant License.

    Today, participating students are members of the Science Club. Last year, the students designed an experiment that flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Our goal this year is to study experiments Near Space using high altitude balloons. The venue is in the Challenger Learning Center. This Center is designed to provide students with an exciting simulated space mission that includes a realistic Mission Control room and an orbiting Space Station. The center is the principal outreach to middle schools. It is designed to get students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and encourages them to choose The Academy@Shawnee as their high school.

    The ARISS contact will be a telebridge operated by ON4ISS, located in Belgium. Downlink signals will be audible in Western Europe on 145.800 MHz.

    The astronaut answering the questions will probabley be Daniel C. Burbank KC5ZSX.

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