Dave Jordan, AA4KN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARISS Contact Scheduled for Students at Scuola Secondaria di I grado
“Anna Frank”, Pistoia, Italy
December 2, 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. The ARISS team in Casale Monferrato, Italy will use call sign IK1SLD to serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station. English is the language that will be used for this contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for December 4, 2020 at 1:25 pm CET in Pistoia (12:25 UTC, 7:25 am EST, 6:25 am CST, 5:25 am MST and 4:25 am PST).
Scuola Secondaria di I grado (Anna Frank School) is a public middle school (junior high school) in Pistoia, Italy. About 120 students, ages 13 – 14 years, will be present during the contact, with 20 students asking the questions. Students were guided by their STEAM studies to develop their questions for the contact, and afterwards, to better understand the astronaut’s answers; they will apply the topics in experimental analogies in their science laboratory classes. Anna Frank school has two science laboratories: one dedicated to chemistry and physics, and another dedicated to biology and anatomy.
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. How do you sleep in space?
2. Is it possible to grow a plant on the ISS?
3. How long does it take to get to the Space Station?
4. When you are on the Space Station, do you ever wish to go back home?
5. How fast is the space station going?
6. What is the internal temperature of the ISS?
7. How is the feeling of moving from terrestrial gravity to space gravity?
8. Which are the actions to be performed in case of emergency?
9. What are the strangest sensations you feel when you return to Earth?
10. If you could bring a loved one on the Space Station, who will you bring with you?
11. How do you feel when you take spacewalks? Are you afraid or is it a beautiful feeling?
12. Do you have a medical kit and a physician on board the ISS?
13. What is the training astronauts like? Is it hard?
14. Is the food in space all lyophilized, or is there something in liquid state, apart from drinks?
15. What are the most difficult and which are the most exciting parts of your jobs?
16. How do you see ARISS and the amateur radio on board the ISS?
17. How many hours do you work a day and what are you experiencing and studying now?
18. Has the food a good flavor after you add water on it?
19. Have you had any technical problems? Which types are the most frequent?
20. Which is the oldest module of the ISS?
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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