ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at 2nd Sayama group Saitama Council Scouts Association of Japan, Saitama, Japan
July 11, 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 Japanese scouts in Sayama City. 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.
2nd Sayama group Saitama Council Scouts Association of Japan will be hosting this ARISS contact for scouts who have been participating in scouting activities including learning about amateur radio, electricity, and space. During this scouting event they will have also hosted an amateur radio licensing class.
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, amateur radio call sign KO5MOS. 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 ground station.
The amateur radio ground station for this contact is in Sayama City, Japan. Amateur radio operators, using call sign 8J1SBS, will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for July 13, 2022 at 8:57 pm JST (Saitama, Japan) (11:57 UTC, 7:57 am EDT, 6:57 am CDT, 5:57 am MDT, 4:57 am PDT).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://space.sayama.jp
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What does the moon look like from the ISS?
2. What are the inconvenient points about zero gravity?
3. What are the good points about zero gravity?
4. How old were you when you wanted to become an astronaut and why?
5. What does it feel like to float with zero gravity?
6. What space food do you like?
7. Is it difficult to move around in the ISS?
8. What does a soap bubble look like in space?
9. Which planet do you like in the solar system?
10. How do you decide night and day in the ISS?
11. Can you draw pictures in the ISS?
12. Do you see any shooting stars from the ISS?
13. What is your daily routine on the ISS?
14. Can you change the speed of the ISS?
15. How heavy is a space suit?
16. How do you take a bath in the ISS?