ARISS News Release No. 21-20
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS Contactfor Students at The School of Information Technology
&Mathematical Sciences, Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program 2021
Mawson Lakes, SA, Australia
March 22, 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 Astronaut Shannon Walker, amateurradio call sign KD5DXB. Englishis the language that will be used for this contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is145.800 MHz.
ARISSteam member David Payne, using call sign NA7V in Portland, OR will serve as therelay amateur radio station.
The ARISS radio contact isscheduled for March 24, 2021 at 6:21 pm ACDT (Salisbury), (07:51 UTC, 3:51 am EDT, 2:51am CDT, 1:51 am MDT and, 12:51 am PDT).
The School ofInformation Technology & Mathematical Sciences, Southern Hemisphere SpaceStudies Program is a large (765 students) R-7 primary school located in aMawson Lakes suburb in the City of Salisbury. The school’s Space StudiesProgram is jointly organizedby the International Space University and the University of South Australia. It is a unique, five-week live-inexperience focusing on an international, intercultural and interdisciplinaryeducational philosophy. In addition, the school’s STEM program (including the AdvancedTechnology Program) incorporates space-related studies that include theirISS-astronaut project, offering students a chance to understand how the ISSfunctions, how astronauts live and work in space, and student activities thatinvestigate small satellites using the CubeSat classroom kit through HEPTA (Hands-on Education Program for Technical Advancement).HEPTA is a hands-on study with intensive practical lessons of small satellitedesign and engineering. The hands-on activity focuses on establishing theknowledge of systems engineering by going through the whole process of systemintegration.
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: tinyurl.com/ISSLinkup2021
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1.What do you do to entertain yourself in such a small space for a long time withso few people?
2.Do you have travel sickness or feel suffocated while you are in there?
3.How do you protect against radiation on the ISS?
4.Have you seen any suspicious activity (like extraterrestrial creatures)?
5.Are there any health risks when you are in outer space?
6.How long do you think that it would take to discover another universe?
7.Does space debris affect the ISS?
8.When Is space radiation more harmful to astronauts?
9.Is the possibility of a fire on the ISS more terrifying when you are on the ISSor when you are training and preparing to be on the ISS.
10.How long can the present International Space Station (ISS) be used for?
11.What are the benefits of exercising in space?
12.What is your workout routine?
13.How does it smell in there?
14.What does it feel like in microgravity, especially when brushing teeth or hairor even having a shower?
15.What inspired you to be an astronaut?
16.Can you tell us some more information about the ISS?
17.Does warp speed exist?
18.What simple tasks on Earth requires the most work in space – and what, otherthan floating, can be done easily in space but is difficult on Earth.
19. While in the ISS if someone gets sick, willnormal earth medicine work in micro gravity?
20.Have you done any Covid-19 related research on ISS?
21. Can we see the far side of the Moon from ISS?Or will we be able to see it from the new planned station orbiting near themoon?
22.How do you get rid of the smell in the space station
23.How serious is the problem of space debris and what is being done about it?
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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