ARISS Contact Scheduled for Students at Carter G. Woodson Middle School, Hopewell, VA, USA
February 25, 2022—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between astronauts on-board the International Space Station (ISS) and USA students at the Carter G. Woodson Middle School located in Hopewell, Virginia. ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on-board the ISS.
The Carter G. Woodson Middle School is a diverse, urban public school that serves about 1,000 students in grades sixth through eight (ages 10 to 14 years). The school is named for Carter G. Woodson, a son of former slaves, who was born in Buckingham County, Virginia in 1875. He served as an educator in numerous capacities and, in 1912, became the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. An advocate of black achievement, Woodson was the founder of the association for the Study of Negro Life and History and he is considered the father of Black History Month. During the school year prior to this ARISS contact, students in sixth grade science have spent a large portion of the year discussing the interrelationships existing between Earth and other celestial bodies. The school’s STEM curriculum included courses in space exploration of the solar system, characteristics of each planet, the technology of space exploration, and potential careers involving the study and exploration of space. The school has partnered with members of the Richmond Amateur Radio Club who have provided instruction and hands-on (kit-building) activities about the inner workings of radios, radio technologies, electronics and amateur radio communications (including the communications systems used on the ISS). Students have also learned about types of communication of several artificial Earth-orbiting satellites.
This will be a telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Astronaut Thomas Marshburn, amateur radio call sign KE5HOC. 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 that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the telebridge station.
Amateur radio operators in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA will use call sign K6DUE to serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station (telebridge station).
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for February 28, 2022 at 9:43 am EST (Virginia, USA), (14:43:53 UTC, 8:43 am CST, 7:43 am MST and 6:43 am PST).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://youtu.be/KmFtTluF3aQ
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What made you want to live in space?
2. How do you not run out of food and where does it come from?
3. Have any animals ever been on board the ISS?
4. How do you return to Earth?
5. What meals do you eat in space?
6. What is your helmet made of and how does it work?
7. How many miles does the ISS travel in a day?
8. What do you do when you are not performing experiments or working on equipment?
9. When you return back to Earth, do you experience any side effects from being in space for 6 months?
10. What scientific discoveries have you made on board the ISS?
11. What have you learned while on board the ISS?
12. What is a goal you have during your mission?
13. What kind of weather do you experience on board?
14. How do you get water?
15. What equipment do you need for a spacewalk?
16. What does the moon look like from the ISS?
17. Do you have doctors on board to help when you get sick or injured?
18. How long does it take to get used to sleeping on a wall?
19. How did it feel traveling up to the ISS?
20. How do you train to live in a low gravity environment?