ARISS News Release No.21-42
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled with Students at
SpaceKids Global/Girl Scouts of Citrus, WinterPark, Florida, United States
July19, 2021—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has receivedschedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is thegroup that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students aroundthe globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).
This will be a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio between the ISS and students fromSpaceKids Global in Winter Park, FL, along with Girl Scouts working with GirlScouts of Citrus. Students will take turns asking their questions of ISSAstronaut Shane Kimbrough, amateur radio call sign KE5HOD, during theARISS radio contact. English is the language expected to be used during thecontact. The downlink frequency forthis contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners within the ISS footprintthat encompasses the ARISS radio telebridge ground station.
The ARISS team in Casale Monferrato, Italy willuse call sign IK1SLD to serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station.Each student asking a question on the ARISS radio will be conferenced in fromhome or while being social-distanced at their facility.
TheARISS radio contact is scheduled for July 21, 2021 at 1:47 pm EDT (Winter Park,FL) (17:47 UTC, 12:47 pm CDT, 11:47 am MDT, 10:47 am PDT).
SpaceKidsGlobal partnered with Girl Scouts of Citrus Council to create the Making Spacefor Girls Program. This is a year-long STEAM-enrichment program for girls ingrades K-12, teaches them about space exploration and communications and othervarious topics, with the intent of inspiring them to pursue STEAM careers. SpaceKidsGlobal is hosting the ARISS contact in conjunction with this Program that providesvirtual activities reaching over 600 students from 89 Girl Scout councilsacross 46 different states and countries. The curriculum aligns with the stepsfor Girl Scout badge requirements. During the weeks leading up to this ARISScontact, the Program included virtual activities about space technology, andamateur radio operations as well as hands-on activities revolving aroundelectronics and technology. The Program also invited guestspeakers in the fields of space exploration and space technologies, andincluded virtual courses in Space Science 101 and Humans in Space. The Programalso launched online (summer of 2020) the Making Space for Girls STEAMChallenge and, as a result, hundreds of girls submitted their experiments, artdesign, or space-themed essay to the ISS. In collaboration with Challengepartner, ProXops, selected projects and items will launch in a Faraday Box tothe ISS on a SpaceX flight in the Fall of 2021.
Viewthe live stream of the upcoming ARISS radio contact at https://youtu.be/KzSRnjSjiTw .
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1.What is your favorite outer space food? Do you have lots of different things toeat?
2.In Girl Scouts, we are taught to use resources wisely. How could this conceptbe applied to NASA and the space industry?
3.What do you do for fun on the ISS?
4.What is your favorite piece of experiment/research that you have worked on inspace?
5.What does it feel like in space?
6.Do astronauts get sick when they're in space and how would they handle it ifso?
7.What would happen if you brought a compass to outer space with you?
8.How high can you jump on the moon?
9.What is Oobleck like in space? Would it act the same as on Earth? Would it firmup when hit or thrown or would it stay all oozy?
10.How would you describe weightlessness?
11.Do you have any live animals on the International Space Station?
12.What kinds of food have you been able to grow in space so far?
13.What math did you take and use on the International Space Station?
14.Would you be excited to meet an alien while you were in space and what wouldyou want them to know about Earth?
15.Which is more fun- the ride to the ISS or the trip home? What does it feellike?
16.What training did you have to do before you went to the space station?
17.What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
18.What are some challenges that you have to face trying to readjust back to yournormal life after being in space?
19.Do you take social media photos or videos in space and how do you post them?
20.When was a time that you had failed at something in your journey in becoming anastronaut, why did you decide to keep pushing through?
21.What are some major hurdles to make it to Mars?
22.Does an astronaut’s height increase in space and come back to normal afterreturning to Earth?
23.What is your advice to a female that is looking to get into the space industry?
ARISS– Celebrating 20 Years of Amateur Radio Continuous Operations on the ISS
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, and NASA’s Space communications and Navigationprogram. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology,engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizingscheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS andstudents. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents,and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied to space, spacetechnologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org
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