ARISS News Release No.23-39
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled with Students at
Karasuyama Residents Center, Setagaya, Japan
August31, 2023—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has receivedschedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboardthe International Space Station (ISS) and students at the Karasuyama ResidentsCenter located in Setagaya, Japan. ARISS conducts 60-80 of these specialamateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crewmembers with ham radio licenses aboard the ISS.
The Karasuyama Residents Center (KRC) is a public facility thathosts various social, educational and cultural events. The KRC is hosting thisARISS event for students (kindergarten, elementary school and junior highschool) interested in space exploration, the ISS and its mission. Twenty-fivestudents are directly involved in this project. The local amateur radioclub (JA1ZSH) is also supporting this ARISS contact. Prior to this contact,students have been using an astronomical telescope with access to a planetariumand have been learning about orbital mechanics of artificial satellites (ISS),and how amateur radio is used to communicate with the ISS.
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions ofAstronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, amateur radio call sign KI5VTV. The downlinkfrequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz and may be heard by listeners thatare within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the relay ground station.
The amateur radio ground station for this contactis in Setagaya, Japan. Amateur radio operators using call sign JA1ZSH, will operatethe ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
TheARISS radio contact is scheduled for August 3, 2023 at 6:26 pm JST (Japan) (9:26UTC, 5:26 am EDT, 4:26 am CDT, 3:26 am MDT, 2:26am PDT).
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1.How long do you exercise per day?
2.Why is the rocket shaped like a cylinder?
3.What did you consider when learning a non-native language like English?
4.What is the most challenging thing about going tospace?
5.How did you feel when you went to space?
6.Which planet do you want to go to?
7.Please tell me. What are some convenient and inconvenient things in space?
8.Does the earth really look the same as it does in pictures?
9.Please tell us the secret to making friends with astronauts from othercountries.
10.What happens if you crack an egg in space?
11.Will water freeze or evaporate ，if I release water intospace?
12.How does toilet system work in ISS?
13.What is your favorite space food?
14.How do you feel when you see the earth from space?
15.Which star is beautiful to you?
16.What kind of experiments do you do in ISS?
17.What is the hardest training you had to do to become an astronaut?
18.What was the most difficult part of experiments in space?
Amateur Radio on the InternationalSpace Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radiosocieties and the space agencies that support the International Space Station(ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur SatelliteCorporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS NationalLab-Space Station Explorers, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) andNASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program (SCaN). The primary goal ofARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts,and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts viaamateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before andduring these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities takepart in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, andamateur radio. For more information, see http://www.ariss.org
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