ARISS School Contact 30 July 2020, 16:41 UTC, multi-point telebridge via ON4ISS

Astronaut Chris Cassidy (picture: Twitter)

An  ARISS school contact is planned with students of American School of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, multi-point telebridge via ON4ISS. A multi-point telebridge contact means that each student will be on the telebridge from their own home: the students will be talking with the ISS from their homes over phone lines.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled astronaut is Chris Cassidy KF5KDR. Contact is go for: Thursday 30 July 2020, 16:41:42 UTC, 78 deg. Downlink signals will be audible over Western Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in english. RX only! (Credit: AMSAT.)

Watch for livestream, starting about 10 min before AOS

Proposed questions generated by the American School of Rio de Janeiro students:

1. Has the Corona virus pandemic affected the safety protocols aboard the ISS in any way?

2. How do you exercise in space so you keep your muscles and bones active?

3. Has your goal always been getting into space since you were a child or did you have different interests when you were a child?

4. Do you support a football team, and if so, how do you follow them from space?

5. What are some of the most memorable moments you’ve had since becoming an astronaut?

6. Since the date we visited the moon in 1969 we have made multiple trips to space in which we had learned a lot about it, what would you consider will be the next step for humans in space exploration?

7. How does sound differ in space from on earth, are there any big differences in what you hear or is it the same?

8. What was the worst accident that happened in the international space station, and how was it dealt with?

9. What is it like to reach escape velocity? Were you scared that your spacecraft would explode during the take off? If so, how did you handle this fear?

10. After being in zero gravity for so long in space what is it like to return to gravity?

11. How long does the training take to become an astronaut on the ISS?

12. Does the absence of gravity make it harder to eat and drink certain foods in space?

13. Are there essentials you or the crew takes to the ISS apart from food and water, such as certain materials to run experiments or personal items?

14. How do satellites and spaceships make their way through all the space debris safely? Is the ISS doing something to minimize space debris?

15. What is your opinion on the human race striving to become a multi-planetary species?

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