ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Sekolah Kebangsaan Wangsa Maju Seksyen 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 10, 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 Sekolah Kebangsaan Wangsa Maju Seksyen 2 in Kuala Lumpur. 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.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Wangsa Maju Seksyen 2 is a national school located at Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has a total of 44 teachers and 468 students ages 7 to 12 years. This school has an Integrated Special Education Program in addition to its mainstream education syllabus and is also a school under the School Transformation Programme 2025 (TS25). This ARISS contact coincides with their National Space Challenge 2023, an annual event instituted in 2007, the year the first Malaysian went to the ISS.
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Andreas Mogensen, amateur radio call sign KG5GCZ. 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 relay ground station.
The amateur radio ground station for this contact is in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Amateur radio operators using call sign 9M2RPN, will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for October 11, 2023 at 7:12:42 pm MYT (Malaysia) (11:12:42 UTC, 7:12 am EDT, 6:12 am CDT, 5:12 am MDT, 4:12 am PDT).
Live streaming of the contact can be viewed at https://facebook.com/events/s/live-communication-iss-2023-9m/657588939506503/?mibextid=RQdjqZ and https://www.youtube.com/live/YLMFcozC-2o?feature=shared
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. Do you feel dizzy when you’re floating a lot?
2. How do you feel when you launch to space?
3. What are some of the experiments you do in ISS?
4. What time do you sleep in the ISS?
5. How do you keep fit up there?
6. What was the best food you ate in ISS?
7. Do you bring pets or toys to space?
8. How many sunrises and sunsets do you experience up there?
9. How long have you been in ISS?
10. How long does it take to travel from earth to ISS?
11. How do you keep entertaining yourself up there?
12.Do you notice any alien spaceship up there?
13. How to become an astronaut like you?
14. What was the best advice for students if they want to become an astronaut?