ARISS News Release No. 20-28
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARISS Contact Scheduled for Students at Escuela de educación básica Oswaldo Guayasamín (Oswaldo Guayasamín School of Basic Education), Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
December 30, 2020—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 telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Victor Glover, amateur radio call sign KI5BKC. John Sygo in Paardekraal, South Africa will use call sign ZS6JON to serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station. English is the language that will be used for this contact. The Radio Club Argentino will assist the students with the contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for January 6, 2021 at 11:19 am GALT (Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island), (17:19 UTC, 12:19 pm EST, 11:19 am CST, 10:19 am MST and 9:19 am PST).
The contact will be live streamed and can be viewed at https://youtu.be/3XmNxHTtR6Q
Staff of Oswaldo Guayasamín School of Basic Education in Puerto Ayora, have developed an educational program (Galapagos Infinito) designed to network with other students and schools on the nearby populated Islands of the Galapagos archipelago, about 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador. Galapagos Infinito aims to broaden the students’ perspectives by also connecting them with people on a local (Galapagos and across the Pacific Ocean) and international level. This is accomplished by developing partnerships between the student body/school and various organizations, citizen groups, government entities and private businesses. This ARISS contact will serve to enlighten the students on how satellites and space exploration can help us to better understand the environmental problems that exist on earth.
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What do you feel when you see our planet from space?
2. What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
3. How do your work in space help support life in our oceans?
4. Can space exploration help us monitor our volcanos and eruptions?
5. Did you ever see Galapagos from space or other Pacific islands and what do they look like?
6. What are the strangest things you have seen in space?
7. How can space research help protect animals on earth?
8. How does the ISS research contribute to the knowledge and protection of our planet?
9. What is the function of the space station and what protocols do astronauts follow when they return to earth?
10. How do you eat or drink in space if there is no gravity?
11. How long does it take to orbit the earth and if you see the Galápagos Islands on the way?
12. How can we use satellites to prevent disasters?
13. What do astronauts do to exercise their mind and body in a space station and what is their diet like?
14. Can you tell us about your space suits and clothes you use?
15. Can the information collected from your satellite benefit the marine conservation in Galapagos?
16. Do you see volcanoes from space and did you see the Galapagos islands?
ARISS – Celebrating 20 Years of Amateur Radio Continuous Operations on the ISS
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
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