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Space Traveler Dr. Charles Simonyi to Talk with Students Directly from Space

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Tuesday, 27 March 2007

In his continued effort to inspire youth in the science of space travel, Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., the fifth private space traveler, will speak with high school students in three events across the United States through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

Students at these schools will have an opportunity to ask Dr. Simonyi questions through Amateur Radio, also known as ham radio, which he will then answer live from the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbits the Earth. These audio sessions will be recorded and featured in the ďKidsí SpaceĒ section on Dr. Simonyiís website,, for all to hear.

ďIím really looking forward to speaking with students while Iím on the ISS,Ē said Dr. Simonyi. ďThe hundreds of questions Iíve already received from children around the world on my website are very mature and intelligent. Itís clear that todayís young people are eager to learn about space and space travel, and it is great!Ē

The participating schools, selected by Dr. Simonyi, include Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington; Fairborn High School in Fairborn, Ohio; and Cedar Point Elementary School in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bristow, Virginia. Visitors to the site will learn more about these schools, ham radio, and Dr. Simonyiís experience earning his American Amateur Radio license.

Dr. Simonyi also acquired his Hungarian Amateur Radio license, and will be contacting students from the Technical University of Budapest in Hungary during his 10-day stay onboard the ISS, which is provided by Space Adventures, Ltd.

In further support of the ARISS program, Dr. Simonyi will perform maintenance on various pieces of ham radio equipment on the ISS. This work will include testing one radio set to isolate an antenna problem with the equipment and reprogramming the default settings on a second unit to correct a configuration problem.

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