ARISS News Release
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS ContactScheduled for Students at Escuela de educación básica Oswaldo Guayasamín
(Oswaldo Guayasamín School of Basic Education), PuertoAyora, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
December 30, 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 Victor Glover, amateur radio call sign KI5BKC. John Sygo in
Paardekraal, South Africa will use call sign ZS6JON to serve as the ARISS relay amateur
radio ground station. English is the language that will beused for this contact. TheRadio
Club Argentino will assist the students with the contact. The downlink frequency for this
contact is 145.800 MHZ.
The ARISS radio contact isscheduled for January 6, 2021 at 11:19 am GALT (PuertoAyora,
Santa Cruz Island), (17:19UTC, 12:19 pm EST, 11:19 am CST, 10:19 am MST and 9:19 am PST).
Staff of OswaldoGuayasamín School of Basic Education in Puerto Ayora, have developed
aneducational program (Galapagos Infinito) designed to network with other studentsand
schools on the nearby populated Islands of the Galapagos archipelago, about1,000 km off
the coast of Ecuador. Galapagos Infinito aims to broaden thestudents’ perspectives by also
connecting them with people on a local(Galapagos and across the Pacific Ocean) and
international level. This isaccomplished by developing partnerships between the student
body/school andvarious organizations, citizen groups, government entities and
privatebusinesses. This ARISS contact will serve to enlighten the students on how
satellitesand space exploration can help us to better understand the environmentalproblems
that exist on earth.
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What do you feel when you see our planet from space?
2. What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
3. How do your work in space help support life in our oceans?
4. Can space exploration help us monitor our volcanos anderuptions?
5. Did you ever seeGalapagos from space or other Pacific islands and what do they look
6. What are the strangest things you have seen in space?
7. How can space researchhelp protect animals on earth?
8. How does the ISS research contribute to the knowledge andprotection of our planet?
9. What is the function ofthe space station and what protocols do astronauts follow when
they return toearth?
10. How do you eat or drink in space if there is no gravity?
11. How long does it taketo orbit the earth and if you see the Galápagos Islands on the
12. How can we use satellites to prevent disasters?
13. What do astronauts doto exercise their mind and body in a space station and what is
their diet like?
14. Can you tell us aboutyour space suits and clothes you use?
15. Can the informationcollected from your satellite benefit the marine conservation in
16. Do you see volcanoesfrom space and did you see the Galapagos islands?
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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