ARISS News Release                                                                                                    No.22-32

Dave Jordan, AA4KN


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ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at

Old St. Mary's School, Chicago, Illinois, USA


May 29, 2022—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and students at the Old St. Mary's School located in Chicago, IL.  ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboard the ISS.


Old St. Mary’s School (OSM) (est. 2004) has about 500 students in preschool through eighth grade and is located next to the museum campus, which includes the planetarium, natural history museum, and aquarium.  Old St. Mary’s School, which is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, began a partnership in 2018 with the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago.  For the last four years, MSI's Science Leadership School Partners Program has provided support to improve OSM’s science program by developing partnerships and communication with families and stakeholders, and promoting whole-school projects, including this ARISS contact. In preparation for this contact, students have been learning about a wide range of STEM-related topics that address space habitation, our solar system, orbital motions, low gravity conditions, and radio wave properties (including RF digital communications).  Students participate in various hands-on activities that apply an understanding of science, math, and engineering to various types of model building, as well as attending field-trips to the Challenger Learning Center.


This will be a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask questions of Astronaut Bob Hines, amateur radio call sign KI5RQT. 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 station.


The ARISS amateur radio ground station (telebridge station) for this contact is in Aartselaar, Belgium. The amateur radio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign ON4ISS, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.


The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for May 31, 2022 at 11:32 am CDT (Chicago, IL) (16:32:31UTC, 12:32 pm EDT, 10:32 am MDT, 9:32 am PDT).


The public is invited to watch the live stream at:



As time allows, students will ask these questions:


1. How does it feel when you are blasting off during the first moments in space?

2. What is the most satisfying or amazing thing that you've seen in space?

3. Is it lonely being in space away from your family for so long? How do you handle your emotions?

4. Who is your bestie on the crew?

5. What personal items did you bring to the ISS?

6. What is your favorite thing to do in space? Do you play board games or video games?

7. What has been the most difficult day you have had in space? Why?

8. What experiments are you working on right now?

9. What would you do if someone got injured or is sick in space? Is it different than on Earth?

10. Has anyone baked cookies in space? If so, is it easier or harder? Do you have a favorite type of cookie?

11. What is the best meal in space?

12. Why did you want to become an astronaut?


About ARISS:

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, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) 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



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Dave Jordan, AA4KN



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