ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Lewis Center for Educational Research, Apple Valley, California, U.S.A.
January 28, 2022—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 Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio between the ISS and students from Lewis Center for Educational Research. Students will take turns asking their questions of ISS Astronaut Thomas Marshburn, amateur radio call sign KE5HOC, during the ARISS radio contact. 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 ARISS radio telebridge station.
Amateur Radio Operators in Silver Spring, MD will use call sign K6DUE to serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station. Local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for January 31, 2022, at 9:47 am PST (Apple Valley, CA) (17:47UTC, 12:47 pm EST, 11:47 am CST, 10:47 am MST).
The Lewis Center for Educational Research operates two STEM-focused charter schools: Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) in Apple Valley, California, and Norton Science and Language Academy (NSLA) in San Bernardino California. AAE is a Transitional kindergarten (TK) through12th grade that also offers students participation in Air Force Junior ROTC (One of the first 10 ROTC units chosen to convert to Space Force Junior ROTC). NSLA offers Dual Immersion (English/Spanish) programs for TK-9th grade and opened a new TK-12 campus that features a World Language and STEM-focused high school.
The Lewis Center also operates the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) Radio Astronomy Program through a 25-year partnership with NASA/JPL. GAVRT students locally, nationally and globally have contributed to a number of NASA missions, including the LCROSS Mission to the moon and the Cassini Mission to Saturn. Through their Jupiter Quest campaign, NASA/JPL scientists have used GAVRT data taken of Jupiter to refine synchrotron radiation models which aided in the planning of the Juno mission orbiting Jupiter. GAVRT students are currently collecting valuable data on the Sun, Jupiter, Black Holes, and SETI.
The Lewis Center extends the classroom to the community and beyond with local science and social studies programs, which align with the State of California Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. Programs are offered in Astronomy, Aviation/Aeronautics, Beginning Engineering, California Gold Rush, and Trails West. A foundational partnership exists with Apple Valley Unified School District through the collaboration at Apple Valley Center for Innovation (AVCI), an informal education STEM center. In addition to hosting field trips, STEM nights and teacher trainings, AVCI also is home to the Luz Observatory which is operated by the Lewis Center’s High Desert Astronomical Society and open to the public.
Local amateur radio operators also provided the students with ham radio demonstrations and classroom presentations/activities prior to the ARISS contact.
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As time allows, students will ask the following questions:
1. How do you celebrate holidays in space?
2. What dangers do you face on the International Space Station?
¿Qué peligros enfrentan en la estación espacial nacional?
3. Does breathing feel different when you are on the space station, or does it feel about the same as breathing on earth?
4. If Earth food has expiration dates, how does food in space stay in good condition for several months?
5. What is the scariest thing that happened when you were in the spacecraft launching or landing or on the International Space Station?
6. If there's a power outage on Earth, how will that affect you?
7. How does it feel to be able to find new discoveries to help humanity? What are some of the most recent discoveries?
8. What precautions would be taken if a crew mate got sick?
9. What is one piece of training that has been the most useful to you?
10. Mike Hopkins is currently the only Space Force Astronaut and he switched from USAF to USSF while aboard the ISS. Will there be more Space Force Astronauts and how many?
11. Milan (AAE 6th grade): How does living in space with artificial light, recycled air, and close quarters affect one’s mental health?
12. Do the stars look different from space than they do from Earth? Are they brighter? Are they clearer? Are there more of them?
¿Se ven diferentes las estrellas en el espacio que en latierra? Hay muchas estrellas?
13. Does each person on the ISS have a specific role? What is your role and what is your day like on the International Space Station completing your role?
14. What do you do if the person guiding you from Earth loses connection?
15. What meal will you get first when you come back to Earth?
16. How did it affect you when you saw the Earth from a different perspective while you were on the International Space Station?
17. What has been the most surprising experience or feeling since you've launched?
18. What happens if a machine starts breaking down on the International Space Station?
19. What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time on the International Space Station?
20. How might being part of Space Force Junior ROTC help me toward a NASA/Space Force career?