ARISS News Release
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS Contact Scheduled for Students at Avellaneda Ikastetxea, Sodupe, Spain
September 15, 2020—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 ISS Commander Chris Cassidy, amateur radio call sign KF5KDR. John Sygo, amateurradio call sign ZS6JON in Paardekraal, South Africa will serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station.
The ARISS radio contact isscheduled for September 18, 2020 at 2:56 pm CEST (Sodupe), (12:56UTC, 08:56 am EDT, 07:56 am CDT, 06:56 am MDT and 05:56 am PDT).
The public is invited to watch the livestream at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMDcOZOF2FE&feature=youtu.be
The school, Avellaneda Ikastetxea (with about 650students), is in the small town of Sodupe in northern Spain. The school coordinatedwith 15 other schools on STEM-based curriculum that includes a STEM mentoringprogram with Deusto University. First through sixth grade studentswill participate in the ARISS contact, and have and will prepare for thecontact during STEM sessions with learning objectives that include space,gravity, matter, energy and other related topics.
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What did you wantto be when you were young?
2. What made youthink that you wanted to be an astronaut? Was it your dream?
3. How long does ittake from the Earth to Space?
4. How do you feelwhen you leave the Earth?
5. When you are inspace, what do you carry with you in the rocket? What things do you need?
6. How much time doyou spend in space before returning to Earth?
7. What is concretelythe objective of your mission?
8. If you are ill,who can help you?
9. Is the space suitcomfortable?
10. How do you cookin space?
11. What type of fooddo you eat? Do you like it?
12. What is the firstthing you'll do when you get back?
13. What do you do inyour free time?
14. Is therepollution in space?
15. How manyastronauts are there in your space-station?
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, sponsorsare the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio RelayLeague (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s SpaceCommunications and Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISS is to promoteexploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematicstopics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew membersaboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students,educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, andamateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org
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