ARISS School Contact 15 Dec 2020 19:00 UTC – Telebridge via VK4KHZ

Picture: VK4KHZ ARISS Telebridge Station. Courtesy of Shane Lynd

An educational radio contact is planned with Oregon Charter Academy, Mill City, OR, telebridge via VK4KHZ .

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is Shannon Walker KD5DXB .

Contact is go for: Tuesday 15 Dec 2020, 19:00:49 UTC, 32 deg; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above parts of Australia on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; the latest information on the operation mode can be found at  Contact will be in English; RX only! Credit: AMSAT.

Proposed questions generated by the Oregon Charter Academy students:

1. How do you sleep?

2. Do compasses work in space?

3. Can you listen to the radio on the spaceship that is the same on earth?

4. How many satellites are in space?

5. Do you see storms in outer space and what do they look like?

6. What do you have to do for training to go on the ISS, and what is your favorite activity you had to do during training?

7. Are you currently growing any plants on the ISS?

8. Does it take a while to get used to this new way of living, and is adjusting to being back on earth equally hard?

9. How is your Circadian Rhythm affected while in space?

10. What is your favorite thing to research?

11. Are you allowed to have pets in space and if so what kinds?

12. Did you ever accidentally activate/deactivate something by bumping into it?

13. Do you watch TV in space?

14. How do you use electronics phones, computers, and tablets, and touchscreens?

15. How do you communicate with people on Earth?

16. How do satellite communications work?

17. How long does it take to get to the international space station?

18. What was the most dangerous situation you ever faced in space?

19. What happens if your technology goes out? What is the back up?

20. How long is the delay for a video call like this compared to something like texting or normally calling someone on a phone?

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