ARISS News Release No.23-12
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled with Students at
“Valle de Camargo” High School, Revilla de Camargo, Spain
March25, 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 Valle de Camargo HighSchool located in Revilla de Camargo, Spain. ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each yearbetween students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboardthe ISS.
The Valle de Camargo school is a public school with about 1000students enrolled, ages 12 to 18 years.
The school is hosting this ARISS contact with a goal toencourage the students in their course studies: math, physics, sciences, and technology.Related to this contact, students are also taking part in studies that includeelectronic communication, our Solar system, and amateur radio. For thiscontact, the school is being supported by the Santander Amateur RadioAssociation, whose members have also been demonstrating (over the past 5-years)short wave radio operation for the students during the school’s annual CulturalWeek event.
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio and students will take turns asking their questionsof Astronaut Steve Bowen, amateur radio call sign KI5BKB. 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 Revilla de Camargo, Spain. Amateur radio operators using call sign EG1RVC,will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
TheARISS radio contact is scheduled for March 27, 2023 at 5:09 pm CEST (Madrid,Spain) (15:09 UTC, 11:09 am EDT, 10:09 am CDT,9:09 am MDT, 8:09 am PDT).
Thepublic is invited to watch the live stream at: http://www.iesvalledecamargo.org
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1.Did you want to be an astronaut when you were a child?
2.Did you have to perform very demanding physical tests to be an astronaut?
3.What studies have you done to become an astronaut?
4.Can you communicate with your family frequently?
5.How long do you usually stay on the ISS?
6.Is it possible to dance in space?
7.How do you spend your free time on the ISS?
8.What are the effects on health of living in space?
9.What are the best aspects of cooperating among somany nations?
10.How often do you receive supplies from Earth?
11.What are your greatest fears living on the ISS?
12.Is it easy to lose track of time living through continuous sunrises andsunsets?
13.What do you do if a crew member becomes ill?
14.What are the main problems of living together on the ISS?
15.What is the most interesting experiment you are working on?
16.What is the most impressive atmospheric phenomenon you have seen?
17.How do you feel when you remember that there is nothing around the ISS?
18.Do you frequently do spacewalks outside the ISS? Whatdoes it feel like?
19.Would it be possible for a disabled person to travel to space?
20.Could you explain the feeling of living without gravity?
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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