ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Halls Head College, Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia
November 3, 2023—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 Halls Head College in Mandurah, Western Australia, AUS. 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.
Halls Head College is a co-educational Independent Public School with just under 1400 students in Years 7 to 12. The school offers a wide range of subjects from general courses to ATAR and has a large selection of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses offered both on and off campus. Prior to this ARISS contact, a cross-curricular STEM approach has been implemented as well as developing community partnerships with professional and university lecturers in the fields of space exploration.
This will be a telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Loral O’Hara, amateur radio call sign KI5TOM. 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 Paardekraal, South Africa. The amateur radio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign ZS6JON, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for November 6, 2023 at 3:52:56 pm AWST (Mandurah) (7:52:56 UTC, 2:52 am EST, 1:52 am CST, 12:52 pm MST, 11/5/23 11:52 pm PST).
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What is the main thing you miss about Earth?
2. What have you learned that you didn’t know before going to the ISS?
3. What/who was your biggest inspiration?
4. What has been the most challenging obstacle you have had to face?
5. What is your everyday routine on the ISS?
6. What was the most memorable part of your astronaut training (good or bad)?
7. What qualifications do you need to become an astronaut?
8. What is the weirdest thing that has happened in space?
9. What is the first step to becoming an astronaut and how long does the training take?
10. What effect does being in space have on the human body?
11. Can you boil water in space?
12. Do you think space would have a smell? How would you smell it?
13. What type of food do you eat in space and what is your favourite?
14. Do you have a regular job on Earth?
15. What is your objective on the ISS?
16. How has your view of the Earth changed since being in space?
17. What is your role on the ISS?
18. Is it ever boring up there?
19. Are you looking forward to the new space station?
20. What kinds of exercises do you do in space?