ARISS News Release No. 21-43
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled for Students at
Seinan Gakuin Junior Senior High School, Fukuoka, Japan
July20, 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 direct contact via amateur radio between students at the Seinan GakuinJunior Senior High School, Fukuoka and Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, amateur radiocall sign KE5DNI. Students will take turns asking theirquestions. Japaneseis the language expected to be used during the contact, however students wantto communicate in English, therefore they request that replies be in English whenpossible. Onsite access willbe provided to the student body at the time of the contact, and followingCovid-19 guidelines. The downlink frequency for this contact is145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprintthat also encompasses the radio relay ground station.
Onsite access will be provided to the studentbody at the time of the contact, and following Covid-19 guidelines.
Amateur radio operators, using the 8N6SW callsign will operate the ham radio ground station for this contact.
The ARISS radio contact isscheduled for July 22, 2021 at 6:14 pm JST (Fukuoka, Japan), (09:14 UTC, 5:14am EDT, 4:14 am CDT, 3:14 am MDT and 2:14 am PDT).
Seinan Gakuin JuniorSenior High School is a private, six-year coeducational school and is among theoldest private schools in the Fukuoka area. In 2003 the school moved to the newcampus in the Momochihama area of Fukuoka. The school events that are tied intothe ARISS contact include satellite operations, space research, and ham radio’shistorical function. The school’s ham radio club will beparticipating/supporting this contact.
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://nasatosw.space/
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What is the best space food that youhave ever had?
2. Do you have any personal routines that you do before you do somethingimportant?
3. Can you provethat you are actually in space and not just in some NASA base?
4. What made youwant to become an astronaut?
5. What do you think when you see Japanfrom space?
6. What are the most amazing naturalphenomena that you have ever seen from space?
7. Is there anything in the universethat cannot be seen from earth?
8. What would be the biggest challengeif people decide to move to Mars?
9. What is the most inconvenient thingabout living in space?
10. You have been on several missionsto space. On your first trip, what was the hardest part about coming back toearth?
11. What was the hardest part of yourtraining and tests on earth?
12. What does the aurora borealis looklike from space?
13. Many different countries andcompanies are trying their best to explore space, but I don't think they shouldcompete with each other. Instead, we need to unite together, because we are allhuman beings; we are all on one team. Mr. Hoshide, what do you think about it?
14. As the captain of the ISS, what doyou think is the most important part of your job?
15. I want to major in "spaceengineering" at university. So, could you please tell me what kinds of.technology you would want to be developed in the future.
ARISS – Celebrating 20 Years of Continuous Amateur Radio Operations onthe 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 byorganizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard theISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators,parents, and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied tospace, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
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