ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Karasuyama Residents Center, Setagaya, Japan
August 31, 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 Karasuyama Residents Center located in Setagaya, Japan. 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 Karasuyama Residents Center (KRC) is a public facility that hosts various social, educational and cultural events. The KRC is hosting this ARISS event for students (kindergarten, elementary school and junior high school) interested in space exploration, the ISS and its mission. Twenty-five students are directly involved in this project. The local amateur radio club (JA1ZSH) is also supporting this ARISS contact. Prior to this contact, students have been using an astronomical telescope with access to a planetarium and have been learning about orbital mechanics of artificial satellites (ISS), and how amateur radio is used to communicate with the ISS.
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, 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 in Setagaya, Japan. Amateur radio operators using call sign JA1ZSH, will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for August 3, 2023 at 6:26 pm JST (Japan) (9:26 UTC, 5:26 am EDT, 4:26 am CDT, 3:26 am MDT, 2:26 am PDT).
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. How long do you exercise per day?
2. Why is the rocket shaped like a cylinder?
3. What did you consider when learning a non-native language like English?
4. What is the most challenging thing about going to space?
5. How did you feel when you went to space?
6. Which planet do you want to go to?
7. Please tell me. What are some convenient and inconvenient things in space?
8. Does the earth really look the same as it does in pictures?
9. Please tell us the secret to making friends with astronauts from other countries.
10. What happens if you crack an egg in space?
11. Will water freeze or evaporate ，if I release water into space?
12. How does toilet system work in ISS?
13. What is your favorite space food?
14. How do you feel when you see the earth from space?
15. Which star is beautiful to you?
16. What kind of experiments do you do in ISS?
17. What is the hardest training you had to do to become an astronaut?
18. What was the most difficult part of experiments in space?