ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Five Bridges Junior High School, Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada
October 24, 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 the Five Bridges Junior High School located in Stillwater Lake, NS, CAN. 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.
Five Bridge Junior High School is a rural school located in the community of Hubley, just outside Halifax, the Provincial Capital city of Nova Scotia, Canada. Leading up to this ARISS contact, students are learning about space exploration through activities that includes constructing models of planets within our solar system, attending presentations from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, testing and growing of tomato seeds that have previously flown on the ISS, and examining black holes and the origins of the universe. Students are also learning about past lunar landings, the future Artemis program as well as the Gateway program. Local amateur radio operators have also provided students with a series of presentations about amateur radio.
This will be a telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Josh Cassada, amateur radio call sign KI5CRH. 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 October 26, 2022 at 10:44 am ADT (Nova Scotia) (13:44:18UTC, 9:44 am EDT, 8:44 am CDT, 7:44 am MDT, 6:44 am PDT).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/c/ARISSlive and https://nslive.tv/five-bridges-ariss
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. Why did you choose to be an astronaut?
2. What was the best or most interesting part of your training to become an astronaut?
3. What is it like to go through the atmosphere and into space at high speeds for extended periods of time?
4. Does everyone rest at the same time or do you work in shifts?
5. What is a day like for you on the ISS?
6. What do you hope to achieve with your experiments during your mission?
7. How will the use of robotics help Astronauts in the future?
8. What are your hobbies and how do you pursue them on the ISS?
9. What are problems that you have to anticipate/prepare for in space that you would not have to on Earth?
10. What are some common misconceptions about astronauts?
11. How do you celebrate all the diverse nationalities, beliefs and religions while on board the ISS?
12. When the ISS is retired from service in 2030 what will replace it in low earth orbit?
13. What kinds of equipment and materials had to come along for your specific mission?
14. If you weren't an astronaut what job would you have pursued and why?
15. If there was one thing you wanted young people to know about Space and/or Aerospace Programs, what would it be?
16. How will the effects of increasing radiation from the sun affect life on the ISS?
17. For students who are interested in Aerospace, what fields of science or skills do you recommend they explore?
18. How noisy is it in the ISS?