ARISS News Release No.22-38
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled with Students at the
Eaton Public Library, Eaton, Colorado, USA
June17, 2022—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has receivedschedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between astronauts aboard theInternational Space Station (ISS) and students at the Eaton Public Library locatedin Eaton, CO. ARISS conducts 60-80 ofthese special amateur radio contacts each year between students around theglobe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboard the ISS.
The Eaton Public Library serves the rural community of Eaton,Colorado by providing programs, speakers and events for students and adults.These programs also include STEM projects and activities that can beaccommodated in their newly added Makerspace facility. The library partneredwith area schools and hosted a Space Camp STEM activity for students. The SpaceCamp featured studies about space, radio, and different STEM activities thatallowed kids to engage in hands-on learning. The kids also learned about theISS and the astronauts on board. After conducting a full-dress rehearsal oftheir ARISS contact with the Eaton Library team and students, ARISS TechnicalMentor Fred Kemmerer said: “The excitement and interest level among the kidsand their parents is high as they anticipate making their ARISS contact.” Byoffering STEM programs, and sponsoring events like this ARISS contact, thelibrary provides the community with opportunities to expand their worldview andgain new experiences they might not get anywhere else.
This will be a telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio allowing participants to asktheir questions of Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, amateur radio call sign KO5MOS.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 bylisteners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses thetelebridge station.
The ARISS amateur radio ground station(telebridge station) for this contact is in Hollis, New Hampshire, U.S.. Theamateur radio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign AB1OC,to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
TheARISS radio contact is scheduled for June 22, 2022 at 10:27 am MDT (Eaton, CO) (16:27UTC,12:27 pm EDT, 11:27 am CDT, 9:27 am PDT).
Thepublic is invited to watch the live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81zMIvrAnLU
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1.What time zone do you follow in space?
2.How do you grow plants on the space station?
3.If you could visit any planet, which one would you visit and why?
4.How does your body feel in space?
5.What does space food taste like?
6.How did you become an astronaut?
7.What types of experiments are done on the space station?
8.How often do you receive supplies?
9.How do you get to and from the space station?
10.What happens if you get lost in space?
11.How do I prepare for becoming an astronaut?
12.Do you get to communicate with your family or loved ones on Earth while inspace?
13.Have you or your teammates done a spacewalk?
14.How many flight hours do you have?
15.What's your favorite thing about space?
16.How many solar systems are in the universe?
17.What is one scary time you had in space?
18.How many sunrises/sunsets can you see?
19.How long does it take to get used to zero gravity?
20.What was your favorite mission you've been on?
21.How do you get your water?
22.How many times have you been to 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. The primary goal of ARISSis to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, andmathematics 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 www.ariss.org
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