ARISS News Release No. 21-45
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled for Participants in the
1st Ono Group, Hyogo Council Scout Association, Ono, Japan
August9, 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 direct contact via amateur radio between scouts with the 1st OnoScout Group, Ono,Japan and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, amateur radio call sign KE5HOD. The scouts will take turns asking their questions.Appropriate local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for eachARISS contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heardby listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the radio relayground station.
Amateur radio operators, using the call sign 8J3ONO,will operate the ham radio ground station for this contact.
The ARISS radio contact isscheduled for August 11, 2021 at 5:05 pm JST (Ono, Japan), (8:05 UTC, 4:05am EDT, 3:05 am CDT, 2:05 am MDT and 1:05 am PDT).
Ono Scout Group has 50 scouts (Elementary school students,junior high school students, high school students, and university students). TheOno Scout Group consists of 40 leaders, and this year marks the 40-yearanniversary of its founding. This ARISS contact with the scouts is intended tohelp their scouts develop an interest in space and science and technology.
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1. Do you feel any stress during yourlong stay on the ISS?
2. Can you see the aurora from space?
3. Did you find aliens?
4. Please tell us the most fun thing inspace.
5. How do you sleep on the ISS?
6. Is there any physical change inspace?
7. What do you do with the garbage onthe ISS?
8. What happens if the spacesuit getstorn?
9. What happens when you use an abacusin zero gravity?
10. Why did you become an astronaut?
11. Is there any water outside spacecraft?
12. What devices do you have aroundyou?
13. Do sunflowers bloom in the ISS,when day and night switch every 45 minutes?
14. What do you do when there is aproblem with the ISS?
ARISS – Celebrating 20 Years of Continuous Amateur Radio Operations onthe 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, sponsors are the Radio Amateur SatelliteCorporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS NationalLab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space communications and Navigationprogram. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science,technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this byorganizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard theISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators,parents, and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied tospace, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
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