ARISS News Release No.23-02
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled with Students at
Brentwood Elementary School of Engineering, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
January24, 2023—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has receivedschedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between astronauts aboard theInternational Space Station (ISS) and students at the Brentwood ElementarySchool of Engineering located in Raleigh, NC. 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.
Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering is locatednear downtown Raleigh and is part of the Wake County Public School System’sMagnet Programs. The school tries to inspire students’ interest in STEM,especially for those groups underrepresented in the STEM field. The schoolprovides special engineering classes so that students are able to learn about engineeringevery day. The engineering challenges that students participate in are also relatedto their classes in language arts, math, science, and social studies. Forinstance, when pre-Kindergarten students are reading the story of the threelittle pigs, students work through a cycle of the engineering/design process toengineer a house that will withstand the huffing and puffing of the big badwolf. In preparation for this ARISS contact, students have completed hands-on activitiesin the school’s MakerSpaces Labs that included coding space-related robots, andengineering rockets and parachutes that would meet certain NASArecommendations. Students have also met with a ham radio operator, guestspeaker, and member of the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society.
This will be a telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask theirquestions of Astronaut Koichi Wakata, amateur radio call sign KI5TMN. 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 Aartselaar, Belgium. The amateurradio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign ON4ISS, toestablish and maintain the ISS connection.
TheARISS radio contact is scheduled for January 26, 2023 at 12:31 pm EST (NC) (17:31:24UTC,11:31 am CST, 10:31 am MST, 9:31 am PST).
Thepublic is invited to watch the live stream at: https://twitter.com/wcpssmagnets?s=20&t=wGpUbhsBiVLYDLbr88eM8g
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1.Have you met any of the astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, or ApolloMissions?
2.What made you decide to become an astronaut
3.What does space look like from the ISS?
4.What types of jobs did you have before becoming an astronaut?
5.Is it scary to travel or live in space?
6.What do you do for fun while you are in space?
7.What type of plants are currently grown on the ISS? Are any of them food for astronauts?
8.How long will you stay on the ISS?
9.How do you get electricity in space?
10.When you are not training for a trip to the ISS what else do you do as anastronaut?
11.What kind of exercise do you do on the ISS and how often do you do it?
12.Have you been in space before? If so,how does your body react when you return to earth?
13.What is the most fun experiment you’ve worked on while in space?
14. What was your favorite class when you were inelementary school? Do you think ithelped you become an astronaut?
15. What is the toughest and the best thing aboutbeing in space?
16.What activities require you to put on a spacesuit? How long does it take to put it on?
17.What is a problem you have had while in space? How did you solve it?
18.What kinds of experiments are you doing on the ISS?
19. Besides snow, are there any weather phenomenayou can see from space?
20.What is the first thing you want to do when you get back to Earth?
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 (SCaN). The primary goal ofARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts,and mathematics 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 http://www.ariss.org
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