Dave Jordan, AA4KN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARISS Contact Scheduled for Students at Avellaneda Ikastetxea, Sodupe, Spain
September 15, 2020—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 telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of ISS Commander Chris Cassidy, amateur radio call sign KF5KDR. John Sygo, amateur radio call sign ZS6JON in Paardekraal, South Africa will serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for September 18, 2020 at 2:56 pm CEST (Sodupe), (12:56 UTC, 08:56 am EDT, 07:56 am CDT, 06:56 am MDT and 05:56 am PDT).
The public is invited to watch the livestream at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMDcOZOF2FE&feature=youtu.be
The school, Avellaneda Ikastetxea (with about 650 students), is in the small town of Sodupe in northern Spain. The school coordinated with 15 other schools on STEM-based curriculum that includes a STEM mentoring program with Deusto University. First through sixth grade students will participate in the ARISS contact, and have and will prepare for the contact during STEM sessions with learning objectives that include space, gravity, matter, energy and other related topics.
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What did you want to be when you were young?
2. What made you think that you wanted to be an astronaut? Was it your dream?
3. How long does it take from the Earth to Space?
4. How do you feel when you leave the Earth?
5. When you are in space, what do you carry with you in the rocket? What things do you need?
6. How much time do you spend in space before returning to Earth?
7. What is concretely the objective of your mission?
8. If you are ill, who can help you?
9. Is the space suit comfortable?
10. How do you cook in space?
11. What type of food do you eat? Do you like it?
12. What is the first thing you'll do when you get back?
13. What do you do in your free time?
14. Is there pollution in space?
15. How many astronauts are there in your space-station?
ARISS – Celebrating 20 Years of Amateur Radio Continuous Operations on the ISS
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
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