Dave Jordan, AA4KN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARISS Contact Scheduled for Students at Shigagakuen Junior & Senior HIgh School, Higashioumi, Japan
January 11, 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 direct contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of astronaut Shannon Walker, amateur radio call sign KD5DXB. Amateur radio station 8N3SG will be the ground station for this contact. English is the language expected to be used during the contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for January 13, 2021 at 7:38 pm JST (Higashioumi), (10:38 UTC, 5:38 am EST, 4:38 am CST, 3:38 am MST and 2:38 am PST).
The Shigagakuen Junior & Senior High School’s (with about 100 students) curricula include Information and Communication Technology and Robot programming, and integrates classroom studies with hands-on activities. This ARISS contact is also an important part of their science studies that promote learning through real-world activities to deepen their students’ knowledge and promote interest in space and communication technology.
The public is invited to watch the livestream at: https://youtu.be/cT6j-7N6zCc
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. Can you see shooting stars from the ISS?
2. What are some of the challenges of living in zero gravity?
3. Aren't you lonely in space?
4. How do you manage the food on board the ISS? What happens when you run out?
5. What was the hardest part of becoming an astronaut?
6. When and where do you sleep on the ISS?
7. How many times and how much food do you eat each day?
8. Is it comfortable to sleep in space?
9. What is the difference between the night sky seen from Earth and the night sky seen in space?
10. Is the earth really blue when seen from space?
11. What did you think when you first went into space?
12. When do you feel the most like you're in space on the ISS?
13. Are space suits heavy?
14. Do you enjoy floating around in space?
15. What's the best space food you've eaten?
16. Which do you enjoy more, life on earth or in space? And why is that?
ARISS – Celebrating 20 Years of Continuous Amateur Radio 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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