ARISS contact with students at the Cambridge Public Library and Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
International Space Station Amateur Radio (ARISS) has received confirmation of the schedule for ARISS radio contact between astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and Canadian students at the Cambridge Public Library located at Cambridge, Ontario.
ARISS conducts 60 to 80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the world and licensed amateur radio crew members aboard the ISS.
Cambridge Public Library, through the Idea Exchange, is dedicated to creating an environment of curiosity and discovery, inspiring lifelong learning, reading and creativity for the community in six Cambridge city locations. Prior to this ARISS contact, the library offered a variety of STEAM activities centered around space, science, and engineering for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Members of the Cambridge Amateur Radio Club support the library during this ARISS contact.
This will be direct contact via amateur radio allowing students to ask their questions to astronaut Kjell Lindgren, amateur radio call sign KO5MOS. Local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to, where applicable, for each ARISS contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz and can be heard by listeners within the ISS footprint which also encompasses the relay ground station.
The amateur radio ground station for this contact is in Cambridge, ON, Canada. Amateur radio operators using the call sign VE3SWA will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
ARISS radio contact is scheduled for August 18, 2022 at 1:45 p.m. EDT (ON, CAN) (5:45 p.m. UTC, 12:45 p.m. CDT, 11:45 a.m. MDT, 10:45 a.m. PDT).
The public is invited to follow the live broadcast on:
If time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. How long does it take an astronaut to go into space?
2. Is space fun?
3. Has anyone ever been to Pluto?
4. How fast does a rocket go?
5. How does the spacecraft not hit asteroids in space?
6. Is the sun yellow or white?
7. What is your favorite planet?
8. How do you sleep in space?
9. Do you like food better here or in space?
10. How do you stay happy?
11. Do you miss your family?
12. Are there sweets in space?
13. What do you do if you are bored?
14. What’s your favorite thing you’ve seen in space?
15. How do you go to the bathroom in space?
16. How long do you stay in space?
17. How do you eat? Does it float?
18. How big is a spaceship’s engine?
Amateur radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, the sponsors are the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), and the Space communications and NASA navigation.
The main objective of ARISS is to promote the exploration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. ARISS does this by arranging scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents and communities participate in hands-on learning activities related to space, space technologies and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
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