Dave Jordan, AA4KN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARISS Contact is Scheduled for Students at Seinan Gakuin Junior Senior High School, Fukuoka, Japan
July 20, 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 at the Seinan Gakuin Junior Senior High School, Fukuoka and Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, amateur radio call sign KE5DNI. Students will take turns asking their questions. Japanese is the language expected to be used during the contact, however students want to communicate in English, therefore they request that replies be in English when possible. Onsite access will be provided to the student body at the time of the contact, and following Covid-19 guidelines. 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 radio relay ground station.
Onsite access will be provided to the student body at the time of the contact, and following Covid-19 guidelines.
Amateur radio operators, using the 8N6SW call sign will operate the ham radio ground station for this contact.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for July 22, 2021 at 6:14 pm JST (Fukuoka, Japan), (09:14 UTC, 5:14 am EDT, 4:14 am CDT, 3:14 am MDT and 2:14 am PDT).
Seinan Gakuin Junior Senior High School is a private, six-year coeducational school and is among the oldest private schools in the Fukuoka area. In 2003 the school moved to the new campus in the Momochihama area of Fukuoka. The school events that are tied into the ARISS contact include satellite operations, space research, and ham radio’s historical function. The school’s ham radio club will be participating/supporting this contact.
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://nasatosw.space/
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What is the best space food that you have ever had?
2. Do you have any personal routines that you do before you do something important?
3. Can you prove that you are actually in space and not just in some NASA base?
4. What made you want to become an astronaut?
5. What do you think when you see Japan from space?
6. What are the most amazing natural phenomena that you have ever seen from space?
7. Is there anything in the universe that cannot be seen from earth?
8. What would be the biggest challenge if people decide to move to Mars?
9. What is the most inconvenient thing about living in space?
10. You have been on several missions to space. On your first trip, what was the hardest part about coming back to earth?
11. What was the hardest part of your training and tests on earth?
12. What does the aurora borealis look like from space?
13. Many different countries and companies are trying their best to explore space, but I don't think they should compete with each other. Instead, we need to unite together, because we are all human beings; we are all on one team. Mr. Hoshide, what do you think about it?
14. As the captain of the ISS, what do you think is the most important part of your job?
15. I want to major in "space engineering" at university. So, could you please tell me what kinds of. technology you would want to be developed in the future.