ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students in Nine Countries in the Caribbean and Central America and Hosted by St. Joseph´s Convent Secondary School, Castries, Saint Lucia
November 19, 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 students in nine different countries in the Caribbean and Central America. 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.
St. Joseph´s Convent Secondary School, in Castries, Saint Lucia is hosting this ARISS contact allowing students at 12 schools to contact the ISS. The students have been studying and monitoring natural hazards as viewed from space. The schools involved in this contact are: Colegio Agustiniano Nuestra Señora del Buen Consejo in Panama, Escuela La Pradera and Escuela Francisco Gamboa Mora in Costa Rica, St. Nicholas Primary School in Antigua and Barbuda, New Horizons School in the Dominican Republic, John Cumber School and John Gray High School in the Cayman Islands, St. Joseph’s Convent Castries and St. Mary's College in St Lucia, St. Nicholas Primary School in Antigua and Barbuda, Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School in St. Kitts and Nevis, and, Grande Riviere Anglican Primary School in Trinidad and Tobago.
This will be a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Astronaut Josh Cassada, amateur radio call sign KI5CRH. 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 telebridge station.
The ARISS amateur radio ground station (telebridge station) for this contact is in Casale Monferrato, Italy. The amateur radio volunteer team at the station will use the callsign IK1SLD, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for November 22, 2022 at 1:40:36 pm AST (Saint Lucia)
(17:40:36 UTC, 12:40 pm EST, 11:40 am CST, 10:40 am MST, 9:40 am PST).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://www.ariotti.com
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What is the international space station?
2. How do you see meteorological events from space and what is it like to be there?
3. If a hurricane is happening can you see it in space?
4. How long did you study to become an astronaut?
5. What do you do in space?
6. Do you study and measure climate change from space?
7. When a volcanic eruption happens, can you see the effects from space?
8. What are the impacts of space hurricanes and does it affect us here on earth?
9. How close does a meteorite have to pass to affect the Earth?
10. Do other planets have volcanoes?
11. What can I do to make sea levels stop rising?
12. What does the moon look like up close?
13. When does the Sahara sand cross the Atlantic Ocean?
14. Can you see rainbows in space?