ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Primary School of Zipari Kos, Zipari, Greece
December 9, 2023—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and students at the Primary School of Zipari Kos located in Zipari, Greece. ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboard the ISS.
The Primary School of Zipari is located on the island of Kos in the Dodecanese in Greece. The Island of Kos, with a population of 35,000, is in the southern part of the country. The school serves 400 students aged 6-12 and 45 teachers, and participates in innovative programs such as European Erasmus+ programs and often takes part in Pan-Hellenic competitions. This year an Astronomy School Club was formed to prepare students for this ARISS contact. Other student activities include participation in the ESA Moon camp challenge (2nd and 6th grade students), robot building, how to track the ISS, and amateur radio communication (including morse code).
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Andreas Mogensen, amateur radio call sign KG5GCZ. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the relay ground station.
The amateur radio ground station for this contact is on the island of Kos in the Dodecanese in Greece. Amateur radio operators using call sign SV5BYR, will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for December 14, 2023 at 3:17:31 pm EET (Greece) (13:17:31 UTC, 8:17 am EST, 7:17 am CST, 6:17 am MST, 5:17 am PST).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVW_nsutRMEfS2e8tURrltw
and also at https://linktr.ee/zipariss2023
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. How long have you been in space?
2. How many people, men and women are there now on the space station?
3. Can you name one reason you became an astronaut?
4. Do you believe there is life on other planets?
5. How did you feel the first time you left Earth?
6. What is your favorite food in space?
7. What is your favorite spot in the Space Station?
8. How did you feel when you first saw the Earth from above?
9. What scares you in space?
10. What do you miss about Earth?
11. After how long do you start missing your loved ones?
12. What message would you send to your loved ones?
13. Do you ever feel lonely on the International Space Station?
14. What is the main danger you might encounter there?
15. What do you do when you get sick?
16. What is your favorite sport? Can you play that in space?
17. What do you do for fun in space?
18. Which is your favorite planet and why?
19. Have you ever had an accident during a repair?