ARISS News Release No.22-15
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled with Students at
Toyonaka High School, Toyonaka, Japan
March18, 2022—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has receivedschedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between astronauts on-boardthe International Space Station (ISS) and Japanese students at the ToyonakaHigh School in Toyonaka, Japan. ARISSconducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year betweenstudents around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on-board theISS.
Toyonaka High School, founded in 1921, is one of Osaka’sprefectural high schools, located in Toyonaka, Osaka. The school is designated as one of the GlobalLeader’s High Schools, and also designated as one of the Super Science HighSchools. Members (about 30 students) of the Toyonaka High School Science Club, aspart of their science activities, hold scientific labs for elementary schoolchildren a few times a year. This year’sscience club activity involves 20 elementary school children that are participatingin this ARISS contact. Science clubmembers helped the children think about questions to ask astronauts on boardthe ISS and translate the questions into English. After the contact, Toyonaka High Schoolstudents will also participate in space science activities with the elementaryschool students. The Kansai ARISS project team is assisting the school withthis contact.
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio and students will take turns asking their questionsof Astronaut Kayla Barron, amateur radio call sign KI5LAL. Local Covid-19protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact. The downlinkfrequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners thatare within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the ground station.
Amateur radio operators in Toyonaka, Japan willuse call sign 8J3THS to serve as the amateur radio ground station.
TheARISS radio contact is scheduled for March 21, 2022 at 5:46 pm JST (JPN) (8:46:32UTC, 4:46 am EDT, 3:46 am CDT, 2:46 am MDT, 1:46am PDT).
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1.What is your favorite space food?
2.How do you go to the bathroom in space?
3.How do you take a bath in space?
4.How are injuries and illness treated in space?
5.Because of COVID-19, people all over the world have to wear masks. Do you weara mask on the ISS, too?
6.What kind of training do you do in space?
7.What happens if you throw something on the ISS?
8.Can you see lightning from the ISS?
9.How can you see stars and constellations from space?
10.What are the hardest things on the ISS?
11.What are fun things to do on the ISS?
12.What do you want to eat after coming back to the earth?
13.What were you interested in when you were 11years old?
14.What made you want to become an astronaut?
15.What kind of effort did you make to become anastronaut?
16.What is your dream for the future as an astronaut?
17.What do you do on the ISS?
18.What is the biggest problem of weightlessness?
19.Can you distinguish a heavy object and a light object in zero gravity?
20.How can you get along with other crew members from different countries?
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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