Upcoming ARISS Contacts
as of November 29, 2016
- A direct contact via W2IR with the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady NY, is scheduled for Sat 2016-12 1019:49:54 UTC 85 deg. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut is Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD.
The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) is a museum and planetarium located in Schenectady, New York. Its mission is "to celebrate, explore and inspire science and technology, past, present, and future". miSci recently opened a Challenger Learning Center, and also partnered with the Dudley Observatory, the oldest independent astronomical observatory in the United States. The ARISS contact is being conducted with the assistance of SMARA (Schenectady Museum Amateur Radio Association – W2IR) and through miSci’s Teen Science Café. Teen Science Cafés are free social events for local teens, where professors and professionals come and give talks, introducing the teens to a variety of sciences and teaching them what it’s like to be a scientist. There are over forty Teen Science Cafes across the country which all remains connected through the National Teen Science Café Network. By the time the ARISS contact is conducted, our teens will have participated in lessons on the ISS from the Dudley Observatory and radio communications help from SMARA, our in house amateur radio club. The teens will get to participate in hands on demonstrations facilitated Richard St-Pierre, and expert on radio from GE. The teens brainstormed their questions for the astronaut, and voted on which ones they would like to ask. The general public is invited to miSci on the day of the contact, where the teens will get to ask their questions to the astronaut. We hope that this opportunity will inspire more teens to become scientists and engineers, and also make the public more aware of the research being conducted on the ISS.