Dave Jordan, AA4KN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at
SpaceKids Global/Girl Scouts of Citrus, Winter Park, Florida, United States
July 19, 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 Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio between the ISS and students from SpaceKids Global in Winter Park, FL, along with Girl Scouts working with Girl Scouts of Citrus. Students will take turns asking their questions of ISS Astronaut Mark Vande Hei, amateur radio call sign KG5GNP, during the ARISS radio contact. English is the language expected to be used during the contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners within the ISS footprint that encompasses the ARISS radio telebridge ground station.
The ARISS team in Casale Monferrato, Italy will use call sign IK1SLD to serve as the ARISS relay amateur radio ground station. Each student asking a question on the ARISS radio will be conferenced in from home or while being social-distanced at their facility.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for July 21, 2021 at 1:47 pm EDT (Winter Park, FL) (17:47 UTC, 12:47 pm CDT, 11:47 am MDT, 10:47 am PDT).
SpaceKids Global partnered with Girl Scouts of Citrus Council to create the Making Space for Girls Program. This is a year-long STEAM-enrichment program for girls in grades K-12, teaches them about space exploration and communications and other various topics, with the intent of inspiring them to pursue STEAM careers. SpaceKids Global is hosting the ARISS contact in conjunction with this Program that provides virtual activities reaching over 600 students from 89 Girl Scout councils across 46 different states and countries. The curriculum aligns with the steps for Girl Scout badge requirements. During the weeks leading up to this ARISS contact, the Program included virtual activities about space technology, and amateur radio operations as well as hands-on activities revolving around electronics and technology. The Program also invited guest speakers in the fields of space exploration and space technologies, and included virtual courses in Space Science 101 and Humans in Space. The Program also launched online (summer of 2020) the Making Space for Girls STEAM Challenge and, as a result, hundreds of girls submitted their experiments, art design, or space-themed essay to the ISS. In collaboration with Challenge partner, ProXops, selected projects and items will launch in a Faraday Box to the ISS on a SpaceX flight in the Fall of 2021.
View the live stream of the upcoming ARISS radio contact at https://youtu.be/KzSRnjSjiTw .
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
- What is your favorite outer space food? Do you have lots of different things to eat?
- In Girl Scouts, we are taught to use resources wisely. How could this concept be applied to NASA and the space industry?
- What do you do for fun on the ISS?
- What is your favorite piece of experiment/research that you have worked on in space?
- What does it feel like in space?
- Do astronauts get sick when they're in space and how would they handle it if so?
- What would happen if you brought a compass to outer space with you?
- How high can you jump on the moon?
- What is Oobleck like in space? Would it act the same as on Earth? Would it firm up when hit or thrown or would it stay all oozy?
- How would you describe weightlessness?
- Do you have any live animals on the International Space Station?
- What kinds of food have you been able to grow in space so far?
- What math did you take and use on the International Space Station?
- Would you be excited to meet an alien while you were in space and what would you want them to know about Earth?
- Which is more fun- the ride to the ISS or the trip home? What does it feel like?
- What training did you have to do before you went to the space station?
- What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
- What are some challenges that you have to face trying to readjust back to your normal life after being in space?
- Do you take social media photos or videos in space and how do you post them?
- When was a time that you had failed at something in your journey in becoming an astronaut, why did you decide to keep pushing through?
- What are some major hurdles to make it to Mars?
- Does an astronaut’s height increase in space and come back to normal after returning to Earth?
- What is your advice to a female that is looking to get into the space industry?