ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Summer Camp Students at Several Challenger Learning Centers, including the Buehler Challenger & Science Center, Paramus, New Jersey, USA
July 25, 2022—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 various Challenger Learning Centers located in six different states in the U.S. 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 Challenger Learning Center organization is a not-for-profit education organization, established by families of the Challenger STS-51L Crew. The Centers use space-themed simulated learning and role-playing strategies to help students bring their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classroom studies to life. This organization reaches hundreds of thousands of students, and tens of thousands of teachers every year through its network of Challenger Centers. The Buehler Challenger & Science Center, in Paramus, New Jersey has coordinated this ARISS contact with seven Science Centers in six U.S. states, and seven cities, which will allow students at each Center to ask a question during the contact.
Those participating Challenger Centers are:
Buehler (BYOO-ler) Challenger & Science Center - Paramus, NJ
Scobee Education Center - San Antonio, TX
Challenger Learning Center of Maine - Bangor, ME
Town of Ramapo Challenger Learning Center - Airmont, NY
Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana - Hammond, IN
Challenger Learning Center at the Kentucky Science Center - Louisville, KY
Challenger Learning Center of the Twin Tiers Region - Allegany, NY
This will be a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Bob Hines, amateur radio call sign KI5RQT. 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.
The ARISS amateur radio ground station (telebridge station) for this contact is in Glenden, Queensland, Australia. The amateur radio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign VK4KHZ, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for July 28, 2022 at 12:14 pm EDT (New Jersey) (16:14 UTC, 11:14 am CDT, 10:14 am MDT, 9:14 am PDT).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/user/ccsse
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What life experience do you think helped prepare you for being an astronaut?
2. What training prepared you for living in smaller spaces for long periods of time in space?
3. Going to space must change your perspective of the world. What is your favorite experience from living in space you like to tell your family and friends?
4. What does space food taste like?
5. What do you do when your equipment needs repair while outside the space station?
6. What is the most beautiful thing in space?
7. How did it feel for you personally to go to space?
8. How are the immune cells tested in the Human Immune System Study?
9. I have a question about the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT). How does the heating and cooling of the atmosphere happen, and why do we need to monitor this?
10. Have you ever seen anything funny and/or amusing from space?
11. Can you put contacts on in space or do you need to wear glasses?
12. Can you see where day and night are on Earth from space?
13. What does it feel like on Station with microgravity?
14. What was the most exciting thing you discovered in space?
15. Who and what inspired you to go to space and possibly the moon?
16. What were your emotions when you first stepped on the rocket and knew you were achieving your dreams?
17. What do you look forward to most when you get home?
18. I have a hamster named “Donut” and she’s a little brown dream ball of fluff. Do you have any pets and can you take them to space?
19. How do you communicate with your friends and family while on station?
20. What was/is the hardest part about being in space?