ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at 149 Secondary School, Baku, Azerbaijan
October 4, 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 149 Secondary School located in Baku, Azerbaijan. 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.
The Space Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Azercosmos, is sponsoring this ARISS contact. Participants will include secondary students at №149 and students from nearby schools, in grades 8 through 11. This ARISS contact coincides with two major space events - the International Astronautical Congress in Baku in October 2023 and the annual celebration of World Space Week in early October 2023. Students at №149 have also been participating in regional competitions in the category of exact and technical sciences demonstrating their scientific curiosity and interest in STEAM studies.
HAM operators from the Azerbaijan Central Radio Club (4K0HQ) and the Ganja Collective Radio Club (4K2GG) are supporting the school during this ARISS contact.
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 Baku, Azerbaijan. Amateur radio operators using call sign 4K6EH, will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for October 6, 2023 at 12:29 pm AZT (Azerbaijan) (8:29:20 UTC, 4:29 am EDT, 3:29 am CDT, 2:29 am MDT, 1:29 am PDT).
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. How do astronauts stay physically and mentally healthy on the ISS?
2. What experiments are you working on aboard the ISS?
3. What's the biggest challenge of living in space?
4. Have you seen any unique phenomena in space?
5. How do astronauts communicate and work as a team on the ISS?
6. What inspired you to become an astronaut?
7. What's your most memorable moment looking at Earth from space?
8. What skills do astronauts need?
9. How do you manage time and routines in space?
10. What experiments or discoveries would you like to see on the ISS?
11. What do you do in case of an emergency on the ISS?
12. What are your long-term goals for space exploration?
13. How do astronauts sleep in space and do they dream?
14. How do astronauts keep in touch with their families in space?
15. How are astronauts protected against space debris and collisions?
16. How do you keep track of time in space when there is no natural cycle of day and night?
17. How does the ISS facilitate international cooperation between space agencies?