ARISS News Release No. 21-54
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled for Studentsin France
at Ecole Louis Armand, Carquefou, InstitutUniversitaire de Technologie, Carquefou, and Collège Les Sables D’Or, ThouareSur Loire
October10, 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 students in France at the EcoleLouis Armand, Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT),and Collège Les Sables D’Or and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, amateur radio callsign KG5FYG. Students will take turns asking theirquestions. Appropriate localCovid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS 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 in Carquefou usingthe F5KEQ/P call sign will operate the ham radio ground station for thiscontact.
The ARISS radio contact isscheduled for October 13, 2021 at 3:39 pm CEST (Carquefou, France), (13:39 UTC, 9:39 am EDT, 8:39 am CDT, 7:39 am MDT and 6:39am PDT).
Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) is a third leveleducational establishment, a branch of Nantes University, and offers diplomasin seven industrial specialties to about 2,000 students. The IUT maintainsclose links with secondary level schools who are partners for events thatpromote science and technology. IUT will host this ARISS contact to bringtogether students from Collège Les Sables D’Or (13 year-olds), and Louis Armand(9 year-olds) as well students from IUT. About 300 students are expected to be present during the radio contact. Membersof the Association des Radioamateurs de Loire Atlantique (ARALA) will besupporting the school for this radio contact. ARALA has promoted amateur radioactivity in each school by offering demonstrations and presentations thatintroduce students to the wide range of interests in amateur radio. Some ofthese radio activities included: satellite demonstrations via QO-100, radiodirectional finding exercises, yagi-building classes, and Morse codedemonstrations.
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://youtu.be/8mam6IlA7uw
Astime allows, students will ask these questions (Translated from French):
1. How did you feel when you found out that you would be the ISS Commander?
2. Can we alter the martian atmosphereto make it better for human life?
3. Does the saxophone sound the same ason Earth?
4. If we couldn't live on the Earthanymore, could a part of human beings live in a spaceship?
5. Are the harmful effects on the bodymore powerful when one returns to space several times?
6. What are the solutions to handlefood and water for a long journey in space without being supplied with foodregularly?
7. Where do you touch down on Earth?Why at this specific location?
8. Do space agencies plan to buildeco-friendly rockets?
9. Does playing sport in space have adifferent effect on the human body?
10. Have you seen changes since yourlast space journey on the ISS Such as deforestation, urbanization or fires?
11. What's the funniest thing in space?
12. Apart from the scientific interest,what is the point of going on another planet when we don't respect ours?
13. What are the responsibilities ofthe Alpha Head of Mission?
14. Do you think that man will havemade Mars livable before The Earth no longer is?
15. How do you set the date and timefor take-off?
16. How do you feel when you are out onan extra-vehicular mission?
17. Have you found any seed varietiesthat you can grow without soil in the ISS? If so, do they take the same time togrow as on Earth?
18. What is your favorite place on theISS?
19. What's the first thing you want todo when you return to Earth?
20. Does food taste the same in space?
21. Some astronauts see flashes whenthe close their eyes. Could you explain why?
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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