An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Council Rock High School South, Holland, PA on 05 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:56 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KC3NGG. The contact should be audible over the state of Pennsylvania and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
Join the Council Rock Face Book Group for updates and watch a live stream of the contact on Thursday between 17:30 - 18:30 UTC.
· Facebook page & link for live stream video of the contact: https://www.facebook.com/pg/crsouthradio/posts/?ref=page_internal
· Council Rock Amateur Radio Club Homepage: https://www.crsd.org/Page/57298
· Council Rock Amateur Radio Club Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crsouthradio/
A team of science and technology students and their teachers from Council Rock South High School in Holland, PA will be making a long-distance call in December 2019 that is literally "out of this world". The team is comprised of students from our school radio club, teacher mentors and our local Warminster Amateur Radio Club (WARC). Our team has installed a UHF/VHF radio system and antennas and organized a club within our school. Our club meets on a regular basis throughout the year where students participate in various activities and projects. The club has been in place for the past 4 years, and originated from our Astronomy and Meteorology program in our school. Both our Astronomy/Meteorology classes and our Technology classes have participated in many NASA programs.
Two of our teacher mentors are members of NASA's "Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers." In 2013, our team participated in NASA's Microgravity Experience where we created a robot that could maneuver in microgravity. We took it to the Johnson Space Center where we successfully tested it onboard "Weightless Wonder."
From this contact, we hope to inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue interests, and even careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. To talk with an astronaut that is living their dream, and using a blend of old and new technologies to do it, will provide a lifelong learning experience for all involved.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. How has being in space affected your view of life on Earth?
2. What were some of your favorite STEM projects that you worked on?
3. What was it like being part of the mission that participated in the
first female spacewalk?
4. What inspired you to put in the enormous commitment to become an
5. For students that are looking to pursue a career in space, what
advice would you give them?
6. How will the new chocolate chip cookie machine work in microgravity
and are you looking forward to your first cookie in space?
7. Have any astronauts ever gotten sick in space and how would it be
dealt with if it happens?
8. What experiments have you worked on that involved living more
sustainably on Earth?
9. What advantages are there to running experiments in a microgravity
10. Have you noticed any physical changes about your body since living
on the ISS?
11. Why do you believe it is important for students and children to be
excited about space and the sciences?
12. What has been your most memorable experience on the ISS?
13. What is the biggest mistake that you have made while in space and
what did you learn from it?
14. Since being in space, have you noticed your taste in food or
15. What do you miss most in space that you would normally have on
16. What vegetables will the ISS work towards growing in the future as
the phased research project involving Veg-0404A, Veg-04B, and Veg-
17. What do the Northern Lights look like from space?
18. What time zone do you use on the ISS and has it been hard to adjust
to the day/night cycles while in orbit?
19. What are your favorite things to do in your free time while in '
20. Do you ever have any personal space or privacy while on the ISS?
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Next planned event(s):
1. B. Pascal Institute - Public School, Rome, Italy, direct via
IKØMGA and Istituto Comprensivo Lipari "S. Lucia", Lipari, Italy,
direct via ID9GKS
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
Contact is go for: Sat 2019-12-07 11:44 UTC
2. City of Kursk, Russia and City of Ufa, Russia, direct via TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Alexander Skvortsov
Contact is go for: Tue 2019-12-11 10:10 UTC
3. Woodridge Middle School, High Ridge, MO, direct via NØKBA
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
Contact is go for: Thu 2019-12-12 15:29 UTC
4. Greenwood Primary School, Greenwood, Western Australia,
Australia, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA
Contact is go for: Fri 2019-12-13 10:06 UTC
5. Watch for possible MAI-75 operation.
ARISS is not sure what the actual schedule is.
The latest info we have is:
Wed 2019-12-04 12:00 to 16:50 UTC
Thu 2019-12-05 11:25 to 17:15 UTC
Fri 2019-12-06 10:20 to 16:40 UTC
6. We have also been told of possible SSTV operation on
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN