ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Harel Educational Campus, Holon, Israel
November 2, 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 at the Harel Educational Campus located in Holon, Israel. 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.
Harel Educational Campus (Harel) is a six-year boy's school, comprising intermediate through high school levels (class 7 to class 12) and is located in Holon, a suburb of Tel-Aviv. Harel incorporates high spiritual, religious education with studies that include; communication, graphic design, robotics, cinema, computers and literature. The school is sponsoring this ARISS contact in order to inspire their students and boost their curiosity in science.
This will be a telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask 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 Andergrove, Mackay,
Queensland, Australia. The amateur radio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign VK4ISS, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for November 4, 2022 at 11:43:51 am IST (Holon, Israel) (9:43:51 UTC, 5:43 am EDT, 4:43 am CDT, 3:43 am MDT, 2:43 am PDT).
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. I know you use animals in research. How many animals do you have in space with you right now and how do you take care of them?
2. Do you practice emergency drills? Can you describe some of the critical incidents that you need to prepare for?
3. What has been your greatest challenge so far and how did you respond to it?
4. What are the major research projects you are focusing on and what discoveries have you made?
5. What do you think the biggest advances will be in the space program over the next ten years?
6. Have any of the experiments failed or given you totally different results than you expected?
7. Please describe your years of education and training that led to your assignment on the space station.
8. What has been the most exciting part of your mission so far?
9. Can you describe what zero gravity feels like?
10. Have you done a spacewalk and how does it feel?
11. Why should we continue to fund expensive space missions when we have more pressing problems on Earth?
12. How are your experiments helping to save our Earth?
13. Being in a microgravity environment causes a decrease in muscle mass and bone density. Other than exercise, what measures are you taking to protect your health?
14. How many days supplies do you have on board should a resupply mission not come on time?
15. Can you describe the automatic systems on board the ISS to keep you in your current orbit?
16. Do you ever feel sudden vertigo or claustrophobia whilst you are up in space?
17. Can you describe how you get into and leave the ISS without losing any air?
18. How long does it take to prepare for a spacewalk?
19. Does gravity affect time and ageing?
20. What is the most amazing thing you have seen in space?
21. Is the sun more powerful in space?