ARISS News Release No.22-60
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled with Students in Nine Countries in the Caribbeanand Central America and Hosted by
St. Joseph´s Convent Secondary School, Castries, Saint Lucia
November19, 2022—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has receivedschedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboardthe International Space Station (ISS) and students in nine different countriesin the Caribbean and Central America. ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each yearbetween students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboardthe ISS.
St. Joseph´s Convent Secondary School, in Castries, Saint Lucia ishosting this ARISS contact allowing students at 12 schools to contact the ISS.The students have been studying and monitoring natural hazards as viewed fromspace. The schools involved in this contact are: Colegio Agustiniano NuestraSeñora del Buen Consejo in Panama, Escuela La Pradera and Escuela FranciscoGamboa Mora in Costa Rica, St. Nicholas Primary School in Antigua and Barbuda, NewHorizons School in the Dominican Republic, John Cumber School and John GrayHigh School in the Cayman Islands, St. Joseph’s Convent Castries and St. Mary'sCollege in St Lucia, St. Nicholas Primary School in Antigua and Barbuda, JoshuaObadiah Williams Primary School in St. Kitts and Nevis, and, Grande RiviereAnglican Primary School in Trinidad and Tobago.
This will be a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio and students will take turnsasking their questions of Astronaut Josh Cassada, amateur radio call sign KI5CRH.Local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact. Thedownlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard bylisteners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses thetelebridge station.
The ARISS amateur radio ground station(telebridge station) for this contact is in Casale Monferrato, Italy. Theamateur radio volunteer team at the station will use the callsign IK1SLD, toestablish and maintain the ISS connection.
TheARISS radio contact is scheduled for November 22, 2022 at 1:40:36 pm AST (SaintLucia)
(17:40:36UTC, 12:40 pm EST, 11:40 am CST, 10:40 am MST, 9:40am PST).
Thepublic is invited to watch the live stream at: https://www.ariotti.com
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What is the international space station?
2. How do you see meteorological events fromspace and what is it like to be there?
3. If a hurricane is happening can you see itin space?
4. How long did you study to become anastronaut?
5. What do you do in space?
6. Do you study and measure climate changefrom space?
7. When a volcanic eruption happens, can yousee the effects from space?
8. What are the impacts of space hurricanesand does it affect us here on earth?
9. How close does a meteorite have to pass toaffect the Earth?
10.Do other planets have volcanoes?
11.What can I do to make sea levels stop rising?
12.What does the moon look like up close?
13.When does the Sahara sand cross the Atlantic Ocean?
14.Can you see rainbows in space?
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, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) andNASA’s Space communications and Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISSis to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, andmathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts viaamateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before andduring these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities takepart in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, andamateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
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