ARISS educational radio contact with school in Toronto, Canada
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada.
The event is scheduled on Wednesday 22 January 2020 at approximately 17:21 UTC, which is 18.21 CEWT.
The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
The contact will be a telebridge between astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KPD and IK1SLD, located in northern Italy.
The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz narrowband FM downlink.
Moreover, operations at IK1SLD ground station will be web cast on
Jean Moffet has volunteered at the Ontario Science Centre's amateur radio station VE3OSC for more than 30 years, sharing her knowledge of and passion for ham radio with countless visitors. Having recently celebrated her 96th birthday, Jean indicated one of her bucket list items is to speak to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS). To honour her invaluable contribution, the Science Centre is working with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Canada to help Jean check this item off her list.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Did you have an opinion about extra-terrestrial life before being on the ISS; has being on the ISS changed your views?
2. Being a mature woman, I have done a lot of cleaning. Has seeing Earth from near-space given you any thoughts on modifying existing technology, say attachments to airplanes, to help with excess greenhouse gas clean-up?
3. Have you seen space junk? How bad is the problem?
4. Did you always want to be an astronaut? What did your parents think?
5. What personal item did you bring with you and why?
6. What do you miss most about your usual life?
7. What is the most stressful situation in space you have experienced and how did it turn out?
8. What life lesson have you brought back that you can share with us from your most stressful situation in space?
9. How do you relieve boredom on ISS? Do you play with fidget toys, Silly Putty, games, music?
10. Does food taste different on the space station? How do you deal with food cravings?
11. What effects of microgravity have been the hardest to adjust to?
12. What are your thoughts on the portrayal of space in movies?
13. What does space look like from the International Space Station?
14. What is your favourite view of Earth from the space station?
15. What are your three favourite things about being on the space station?
16. Do you miss being able to go out for a walk whenever you want?
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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station: NASA, CSA, ESA, Roscosmos, JAXA.
In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forums. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
Gaston Bertels ON4WF
ARISS past chairman