ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Escuela #38 Raul Alfonsin, Esperanza Base, Argentina
Argentine Research Station in Hope Bay, Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica
October 5, 2022—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between astronauts on-board the International Space Station (ISS) and students at the School #38 Raul Alfonsin, located on Esperanza Base, Argentina. ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on-board the ISS.
School #38 Raul Alfonsin was established in 1978 when the first families of the base personnel began to arrive at Base Esperanza, and the mothers of the students served as teachers. In 1997 the school became part of the Ministry of Education of the Province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands. The Esperanza base is located at Punta Foca in Esperanza Bay on the Trinidad peninsula, about 1,100 kilometers from Ushuaia and about 3,200 from Buenos Aires. The school serves 16 students (school year 2022) with ages ranging from 3 to 21 years.
This will be a telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, amateur radio call sign KO5MOS. 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 Aartselaar, Belgium. The amateur radio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign ON4ISS, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for October 7, 2022 at 12:14 pm ART (Esperanza Base) (15:14:18 UTC, 11:14 am EDT, 10:14 am CDT, 9:14 am MDT, 8:14 am PDT).
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. What does the Earth like from the space?
2. Do you remember your first day in space? Can you describe your emotions to us?
3. How do you go to the bathroom in the space? How does the space toilet work?
4. What are the most important activities of the day, or a working day?
5. What do you do in your free time?
6. How are the daily tasks divided with the rest of the crew?
7. What do you usually have for lunch? What do you usually eat?
8. In our Base in Antarctic, we call the power generation plant "the heart of the base". What would you call the heart of the space station?
9. When are you coming back to the earth? How are you coming back?
10. What was the root cause of your decision to be an Astronaut?
11. Which message would you give to the people who dream to be an Astronaut?
12. What are the strangest things that have happened to you during your mission in Space?
13. What happens if someone gets seriously ill, how do you send him back?
14. An Icebreaker ship brought us here, how did you get to the International Station?
15. Have you even been to the Antarctic continent? Would you like to visit us, sometime?