ARISS News Release No. 21-58
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS ContactScheduled for Students at South Yarra Primary School
South Yarra,Victoria, Australia
November 07, 2021—AmateurRadio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received scheduleconfirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is the groupthat puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around theglobe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).
This will be a telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turnsasking their questions of Mark Vande Hei, amateurradio call sign KG5GNP. LocalCovid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprintthat also encompasses the telebridge relay station.
AmateurRadio Operators in Silver Spring, MD willuse call sign K6DUE to serve as the ARISSrelay amateur radio groundstation.
The ARISS radio contact isscheduled for November 9, 2021 at 8:58 pm AEDT (South Yarra,AU), (9:58 UTC,4:58 am EST, 3:58 am CST, 2:58 am MST and 1:58 am PST).
South YarraPrimary School, established in 1854, is one of only a few schools within theCity of Melbourne. The school has focused on their students in grades 3 and 4in preparation for this ARISS contact, however all students in levels Prep –Year 6 have been invited to participate. Prior to this contact, students’courses have been modified to be made relevant to the context of this ARISScontact, and have included essay writing competition, poster drawing, and growinga space kitchen-garden.
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://bit.ly/31yQldr
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1.Do you think electro-magnetic rockets would benefit space travel and how faroff are we from launching them?
2.If you were to tell your younger self that in 2021 you would be going to space,how would you have reacted and why?
3.What do you look forward the most each day on the International Space Station?
4.What is the most interesting thing you have seen or experienced in space?
5.How does micro gravity feel in space and how does it affect you?
6.How long have you been on the International Space Station and what is yourfavourite thing to do there?
7.What are your main thoughts about space knowing that you should expect theunexpected?
8.As experts on space exploration, do you think Space exploration is a good ideaand do you think space tourism is a good idea?
9.What are the best and the worse things about being in Space?
10.What fascinates you about being onboard the International Space Station?
11.What is the scariest thing in space that you have experienced?
12.What do you miss the most about being on Earth?
13.What kind of experiments are happening on the International Space Station thatcan help in the prevention of extinction of animal and plant life on Earth?
14.What information about space are the astronauts on the ISS hoping to find in 10years?
15.How many experiments are happening on the ISS and how do you choose whichexperiments will take place?
16.What does a day on the Space Station look like for you?
17.What inspired you to become an Astronaut?
18.How do you become an Astronaut?
19.How has it been for you to isolate from the rest of the world and what have youdone to cope?
20.Have you done a space walk and if yes, how does it feel?
21.What is your purpose on the International Space Station at the moment?
22.Does food taste different in space and can you describe the difference?
23.What do you do to keep yourself occupied and not get bored while in space?
24.What was it like when you saw Earth from space for the first time?
ARISS – Celebrating 20 Years of Amateur RadioContinuous 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 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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