ARISS School Contact 7 Dec 2020 14:50 UTC direct via EI1ISS

Athlone community college (picture: Punch consulting engineers)

An educational radio contact is planned with Athlone Community College, Athlone, Ireland, direct via EI1ISS.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled astronaut is Shannon Walker KD5DXB. Contact is go for: Mon 7 Dec 2020, 14:50:49 UTC, 63 deg.

Downlink signals from ISS will be audible above parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM. The conversation will be in English. RX only! Credit: AMSAT.

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Proposed questions generated by the Athlone Community College students:

1. Did you enjoy the launch into space?

2. Tell us something about current experiments on the ISS?

3. What is your favourite area in the ISS?

4. What activities do you do in your spare time?

5. What is the most interesting thing you have seen on Earth from the space station?

6. What evidence of climate change can you see from space?

7. How many years of training does it take to become an astronaut?

8. Where does the ISS get its energy from?

9. What happens if you are in a space suit and your nose becomes really itchy?

10. When you return home what will you miss most about the ISS?

11. What was the most difficult challenge you had to overcome during training?

12. When you first saw the earth from space what was your reaction?

13. Has something useful on earth come from space experiments?

14. Are your muscles weak when you return from micro gravity?

15. If there was a manned mission to Mars would you consider going?

16. Will it ever be feasible to travel to another solar system?

17. How do you keep fit with the low gravity in space?

18. Does your sense of taste and smell change in space?

19. While on the ISS are you able to communicate with family?

20. When did you decide you wanted to become an astronaut – from a young age or did your interest develop at a later age?

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