ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Tarwater Elementary School, Chandler, AZ, USA
October 24, 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 Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio between the ISS and students from Tarwater Elementary School, Chandler, AZ. Students will take turns asking their questions of ISS Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, amateur radio call sign KE5HOD, during the ARISS radio contact. Appropriate 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 radio telebridge station.
Amateur radio operators using the club call sign W7MRF (NXP Amateur Radio Club) in Chandler, AZ will serve as the relay amateur radio station for this ARISS contact.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for October 27, 2021 at 11:31 am MST (Chandler, AZ) (18:31UTC, 14:31 pm EDT, 13:31 pm CDT, 12:31 pm MDT, 11:31 am PDT).
Tarwater Elementary School is a Pre-K through sixth grade (ages 4 – 12 years) school in Chandler, Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix), and is part of the Chandler Unified School District. The school serves about 827 students that come from in and around the Phoenix metropolitan area. Their fifth-grade curriculum emphasized space and space exploration topics. And while the fifth-grade students will be the focus of the ARISS project, all students will be included in the audience during the contact. The school’s STEM Lab opened in 2017 and has become a hub for all grade levels to experience hands-on learning. The school has prepared for the ARISS contact by incorporating various NASA and amateur radio content into their STEM lab activities. These activities included various science experiments that allowed students to investigate/explore the nature and properties of radio waves. Members of the Chandler Amateur Radio Club have also presented to the students and demonstrated real-world application of radio principles. In the days leading up the ARISS radio contact, all students have been engaged in tracking and researching the ISS as well as the astronauts on board. The questions students will ask were generated based upon their yearlong learning and research of space and the ISS.
View the live stream of the upcoming ARISS radio contact at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPilOdNyB3F9NG8F8TTK_Bw .
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What kind of research are you doing on the Space Station?
2. Are your dreams different in space compared to dreams on Earth?
3. What is the most interesting or challenging thing that you have done on the ISS?
4. What do you miss most about being home?
5. Where does the oxygen that you breathe come from?
6. What type of personal items do you bring with you?
7. Which do you like better, regular ice cream or space ice cream?
8. How do light and sound travel in space?
9. How do you know what day it is on the space station?
10. How does it feel when you come down from space? Do you feel dizzy?
11. What happens if you encounter space junk or meteoroids? What are the procedures?
12. Do plants grow taller than usual in microgravity?
13. How often do you have to fix things at the International Space Station?
14. What is the hardest part of your job?