ARISS News Release No.21-08
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled with Students at
The Ottawa Carleton Virtual Online School,Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
February4, 2021— Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has receivedschedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is thegroup that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students aroundthe globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).
This will be a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio between the ISS and students fromOttawa Carleton District School Board. Students will take turns asking theirquestions of ISS astronaut Mike Hopkins, amateur radio call sign KF5LJG, duringthe ARISS radio contact. Thedownlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz.
ARISS team member Fred Kemmerer, using his callsign AB1OC in New Hampshire, will serve as the relay amateur radio station. Each student asking a question onthe ARISS radio will be conferenced in from home.English is the language expected to be used during thecontact.
TheARISS radio contact is scheduled for February 5, 2021 at 12:41 pm EST (Ottawa,Canada) (17:41 UTC, 11:41 am CST, 10:41 am MST, 9:41 am PST).
TheOttawa Carleton Virtual Online School provides approximately 300 minutes of daily,instructor-led, online classes for students in Ottawa. Each class provides 20to 25 students learning opportunities through synchronous and asynchronouslearning by using either Virtual Learning Environment or Google Classroomlearning management systems. Seventeen classes will participate in this ARISScontact.
Viewthe live stream of the upcoming ARISS radio contact at https://youtu.be/Ery1JYmk72o.
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1. How does it fell to see the sun, Earth, moonand stars from space?
2.Do you think extraterrestrial beings exist?
3.Has anything scared you in space and if so how did you deal with it?
4.How long does it take to come back to earth from the International SpaceStation?
5.What is the coolest thing you have seen while in space?
6.How can you tell if it’s day or night?
7.What is a dangerous threat that could happen on the ISS, and what could you doto solve it?
8.What is the most frightening thing you have ever seen in space?
9.What experiments are you doing now on the ISS?
10.What is the biggest challenge in space?
11.How long did you have to train to become an astronaut?
12.What are the steps involved in leaving the rocket and entering Space Station?
13.Are there any cold or hot planets that have been discovered and not revealed tothe world?
14.How long can you breathe in a space suit outside the space station?
15.What happens if there is a fire on the International Space Station?
16.Is COVID 19 a concern for astronauts?
17.What is it like to come back to Earth after being in Space for months at a time?
ARISS – Celebrating 20Years of Amateur Radio Continuous 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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