ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Chief Whitecap Elementary School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
October 17, 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 Chief Whitecap Elementary School located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 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.
Chief Whitecap School is a kindergarten to grade 8 school with about 1,030 students. The school operates as a partnership between Whitecap Dakota First Nation and Saskatoon Public Schools, and embodies the vision of provincially mandated curriculum in alignment with Dakota First Nations culture, language, and traditions. To enhance the student’s experience during the ARISS contact, Chief Whitecap School integrated the topic of space through all the core subjects for all grades. Their goal is to raise the student’s appreciation and interest in the science and technology of space exploration as well as give the students an exciting and relevant learning opportunity that will form a life-time memory - talking with an astronaut aboard the ISS.
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 Meadow Spring, Australia. The amateur radio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign VK6MJ, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for October 19, 2022 at 11:35 am CST (Saskatoon) (17:35 UTC, 1:35 pm EDT, 12:35 pm CDT, 11:35 am MDT, 10:35 am PDT).
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. Who or what was your inspiration to be an astronaut?
2. What subjects do I need to focus on in school if I want to be an astronaut?
3. How long did you train to become an astronaut?
4. What advice would you give to aspiring astronauts?
5. What has been your favorite part of the ISS mission so far?
6. How do you stay connected to your family while you are on the ISS?
7. What is your most favorite meal in space?
8. How do you handle an astronaut getting sick or hurt on the ISS?
9. Besides your family, what do you miss most about being on Earth?
10. How do stars look in space?
11. Have you ever seen any alien lifeform?
12. How much free time do you get while on the ISS?
13. How does the space toilet work?
14. What does microgravity feel like?
15. How would you deal with something happening to the ISS structure?
16. What do you not like about being on the ISS?
17. What has been your scariest moment in space?
18. What is your role on the ISS?
19. How do you sleep in space?
20. What words would you use to describe leaving the earth’s atmosphere?