ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Jean Alloitteau School, Vinça, France
October 16, 2021—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is the group that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around the 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 Jean Alloitteau School and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, amateur radio call sign KG5FYG. Students will take turns asking their questions. Appropriate local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners who are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the radio relay ground station.
Amateur radio operators, using the call sign F1MOJ, will operate the ham radio ground station for this contact.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for October 18, 2021 at 10:06 am CEST (Vinça, France) (8:06 UTC, 4:06 am EDT, 3:06 am CDT, 2:06 am MDT, 1:06 am PDT).
The Jean Alloiteau is a rural school in the Pyrénées-Orientales department (66), in the south of France, at the foot of Canigou Peak. About 150 students will be involved in this ARISS contact. The school has integrated the ARISS contact (project) as an interdisciplinary curriculum into all school subjects (French, biology, mathematics, physics, technology, visual arts, music education). Perpignan Radio Club F6KBR and REF66 are participating in the project, and assisted students with preparing for the contact.
View the live stream of the upcoming ARISS radio contact at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYXvpl5HCcA .
As time allows, students will ask these questions (translated from French):
1. What was the hardest part of becoming an astronaut?
2. Is it scary when the rocket takes off?
3. Did you ever get lost in the ISS on your first expedition (2016)?
4. Is the ISS like home?
5. Are the smells on board the ISS the same as on Earth?
6. How does it feel to be weightless?
7. When you drink water, do you only drink your own recycled urine or also that of your colleagues?
8. How do you wash your clothes in the ISS?
9. Have you ever seen UFOs in space?
10. Have you ever eaten Chlorolla vulgaris, the algae that turns CO2 into oxygen?
11. How do you feel when you do spacewalks?
12. When you have a sick astronaut on the ISS, how do you treat him?
13. Why are astronaut suits always white color?
14. Can you bring animals to the ISS?
15. Did your role change since you have been assigned to ISS captain?
16. Have you noticed a lot of pollution in space?
17. Did you have to solve any serious technical problems in the ISS?
18. How do you put on your spacesuits to get out into space?
19. Is your next project going to go to the Moon or Mars?
20. Does the return to the atmosphere hurt?