ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
June 19, 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 MBRSC located in Dubai, UAE. 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 MBRSC is a Dubai government organization working on the UAE space program, which includes various space satellite projects, the Emirates Mars Mission, the Emirates Lunar Mission, and the UAE astronaut program. The MBRSC actively works to promote space science and research in the region with educational programs designed to promote a culture based on discovery and exploration in future generations at all education levels. MBRSC is hosting this ARISS contact for high school students who will be asking questions in Arabic and/or English.
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi, amateur radio call sign KI5VTV. 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 at MBRSC, Dubai, UAE. Amateur radio operators using call sign A68MBR, will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for June 22, 2023 at 12:38:52 pm GST (Dubai, UAE) (8:38:52 UTC, 4:38 am EDT, 3:38 am CDT, 2:38 am MDT, 1:38 am PDT).
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What made you want to be an astronaut?
2. How does it feel to be in space and see the Earth from up there?
3. What is the hardest part about living on the International Space Station?
4. How do you stay healthy and fit in space?
5. Can you tell us about a typical day on the ISS?
6. Does time feel different in space?
7. What kind of experiments are you doing on the ISS right now?
8. Have you seen anything really cool or amazing in space?
9. How do you cope with being away from your family and friends for so long?
10. What advice do you have for kids who want to be astronauts?
11. Can you share a story about the spacewalk you've done?
12. What are some dangers or risks of going to space, and how do you stay safe?
13. How do you handle emergencies or if someone gets sick on the ISS?
14. What happens to your bones and muscles when you're in space?
15. Do you sleep differently in space, and does it feel weird without gravity?
16. Have you noticed any changes in how you think or feel in space?