ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Valley Stream South High School, Valley Stream, New York, USA
October 14, 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 Valley Stream South High School located in Valley Stream, NY. 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.
Valley Stream South High School is a suburban, public middle school and high school which serves about 1,260 students, grades 7 through 12. Students are following an Earth Science ARISS Lesson Plan that covers topics that include: astronomy and satellites, physics of rocket launches and orbital mechanics, and how amateur radio communications are used on the ISS. Members of the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) and Valley Stream South High School’s Falcon Report Club will assist with the telebridge preparation and ARISS contact.
This will be a telebridge 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 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 October 17, 2023 at 8:25 am EDT (NY) (12:25:03 UTC, 7:25 am CDT, 6:25 am MDT, 5:25 am PDT).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://youtube.com/live/g74NbsTEvVw?feature=share
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What influenced you to become an astronaut?
2. I understand that to become an astronaut, one of the requirements is to get a degree in the STEM field. Can you further explain other requirements that you need to become an astronaut for students that would like to become one?
3. What training was required to become an astronaut?
4. What characteristics do you think NASA is looking for in future astronauts now and in the future?
5. Can you further explain the space community that you live in on the ISS?
6. Can you further explain how you prepared for microgravity in space in your training?
7. How does microgravity affect you?
8. What is the duration of time that you are permitted to be in space on the ISS?
9. What do you enjoy the most about being on the ISS?
10. Can you describe your daily activities?
11. How are you able to maintain homeostasis of your body systems while in space?
12. How are you able to maintain a productive, positive daily outlook being 400km away from Earth?
13. What strengths do you have that are important to the functioning of the crew on the ISS?
14. What are the challenges do you experience working on ISS that are different than working on Earth?
15. What was your most exciting mission in space?
16. Are there any upcoming missions that you are excited about?
17. What potential do you think agriculture has aboard the ISS as a source of long-term food supply?
18. There is exciting research on the ISS, what research are you involved in, and can you explain how the researchers on Earth coordinate with those in space?