Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts.
ARISS is the group that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).
This will be a telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Mark Vande Hi, amateur radio call sign KG5GNP. Local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the telebridge relay station.
Amateur Radio Operators in Silver Spring, MD will use call sign K6DUE to serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for November 9, 2021 at 8:58 pm AEDT (South Yarra, AU), (9:58 UTC, 4:58 am EST, 3:58 am CST, 2:58 am MST and 1:58 am PST).
South Yarra Primary School, established in 1854, is one of only a few schools within the City of Melbourne. The school has focused on their students in grades 3 and 4 in preparation for this ARISS contact, however all students in levels Prep – Year 6 have been invited to participate. Prior to this contact, students’ courses have been modified to be made relevant to the context of this ARISS contact, and have included essay writing competition, poster drawing, and growing a space kitchen-garden.
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://bit.ly/31yQldr
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. Do you think electro-magnetic rockets would benefit space travel and how far off are we from launching them?
2. If you were to tell your younger self that in 2021 you would be going to space, how would you have reacted and why?
3. What do you look forward the most each day on the International Space Station?
4. What is the most interesting thing you have seen or experienced in space?
5. How does micro gravity feel in space and how does it affect you?
6. How long have you been on the International Space Station and what is your favourite thing to do there?
7. What are your main thoughts about space knowing that you should expect the unexpected?
8. As experts on space exploration, do you think Space exploration is a good idea and do you think space tourism is a good idea?
9. What are the best and the worse things about being in Space?
10. What fascinates you about being onboard the International Space Station?
11. What is the scariest thing in space that you have experienced?
12. What do you miss the most about being on Earth?
13. What kind of experiments are happening on the International Space Station that can help in the prevention of extinction of animal and plant life on Earth?
14. What information about space are the astronauts on the ISS hoping to find in 10 years?
15. How many experiments are happening on the ISS and how do you choose which experiments will take place?
16. What does a day on the Space Station look like for you?
17. What inspired you to become an Astronaut?
18. How do you become an Astronaut?
19. How has it been for you to isolate from the rest of the world and what have you done to cope?
20. Have you done a space walk and if yes, how does it feel?
21. What is your purpose on the International Space Station at the moment?
22. Does food taste different in space and can you describe the difference?
23. What do you do to keep yourself occupied and not get bored while in space?
24. What was it like when you saw Earth from space for the first time?
ARISS – Celebrating 20 Years of Amateur Radio Continuous Operations on the ISS
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program.
The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
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ARISS contact scheduled for students at South Yarra Primary School South Yarra, Victoria, Australia