ARISS School Contact 19 Aug 2020, 18:21 UTC, direct via K2ZRO

K2ZRO (Picture: is go for: Wed 2020-08-19 18:21:55 UTC 85 deg.
Rescheduled again due to ISS hatch closures for leak detection activity.

An ARISS school contact is planned with students of Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, Vestal, NY, direct via K2ZRO. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is Chris Cassidy KF5KDR.  Contact is go for: Thursday 20 August 2020,  17:34:21 UTC, 59 deg. Downlink signals will be audible over parts of USA on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in english. RX only! (Credit: AMSAT.)

Watch for livestream starting about 20 to 30 minutes ahead of AOS

Proposed questions generated by the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center students:

1. Are there any germs in space?

2. Could you see the launch of Perseverance or fireworks from the ISS?

3. Do astronauts carry smartphones with them in the ISS?

4. What sort of people work with astronauts?

5. What is the temperature like in the space station and outside?

6. How long have you been on the ISS?

7. Becoming an astronaut is an amazing life goal and accomplishment. What do you think you are going to do next?

8. If the ISS is traveling at over 17,000 miles per hour, it would seem very hard for ships to dock with it. It’s hard enough to hit a ping pong ball going 10 mph! How do scientists and astronauts plan and execute these dockings?

9. Do astronauts work on experiments from scientists from different countries?

10. What are your views of Earth from the space station? What else do you see when you look out?

11. How do you do liquid science experiments when you are working in space?

12. What happens when you have to sneeze while on a spacewalk?

13. Do you have seats that you sit in and how do you stay in it?

14. How do you chose what experiments you do?

15. Kopernik is in Upstate New York. Did Doug Hurley tell you lots about our area?

16. What do astronauts do in their free time?

17. How long did you have to train to become an astronaut?

18. If there is one, what does sunset look like in space?

19. When did you get interested in space?

20. Who inspired you to be an astronaut? What qualities did they demonstrate that you most admire?

21. I’m interested in growing plants in space. Have astronauts found that certain plants are easier to grow in zero gravity environments? If so, which ones? And why do we think some plants are easier to grow than others?

22. Do the different countries that go to the ISS have a spot just for them in different areas?

23. What is your most important job aboard the space station?

24. What do you do if you get sick?

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