ARISS School Contact 26 April 2021, 8:34 UTC – telebridge via ON4ISS

Astronaut Victor Glover KI5BKC (picture: NASA)


An educational radio contact is planned with St Scholastica’s College, Glebe, NSW, Australia, telebridge via ON4ISS.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled astronaut is Victor Glover KI5BKC. Contact is go for: Tuesday 26 April 2021, 08:34:51 UTC, 74 deg. Downlink signals will be audible over parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in english. Check for latest information on the operation mode . RX only! (Credit: AMSAT.)

Proposed questions generated by the St Scholastica’s College students:

1. How has being in the space station changed your beliefs and or perspectives of the universe?

2. What have you found out on the ISS that can’t be found out on Earth?

3. Has COVID-19 had an impact on life in the space station?

4. How do you keep in touch with your family when you are in space?

5. Do you ever feel existential terror from being in space and seeing how endless the universe is? / How do you deal with this?

6. I imagine your work, being so far away and of such a vast scale, would impact your mental health. Considering this, are there ways you work on your mental health onboard, and has your experience changed the way you think?

7. What was the hardest of the requirements for space travel for you to meet?

8. Do you believe that in the future, younger people will be able to go into space?

9. What made or motivated you to want to become an astronaut?

10. Can you see the effect of climate change from space? And if so, what are the phenomena you have observed?

11. What would you say is the most important skill for astronauts to have and master?

12. If funding for space exploration became scarce, how would you convince the world that space exploration was worth the investment?

13. Do you believe that the tests and studies you perform will cause great change and progress in the way we live or view the world?

14. When first arriving into the space station how did you feel? And how do you feel now?

15. Is there day and night in space?

16. Is NASA training similar to Roscosmos training? If so, how? What are the similarities/differences?

17. How long did you have to train and prepare to go into space and what was the training like?

18. Have you, personally, ever had to repair a part of the ISS due to damage caused by man-made space debris? And if so, what part of the spacecraft did you repair?

19. What is the best scientific advancement or discovery that the ISS has delivered to humanity?

20. Where does your waste (rubbish and sewerage) go?

21. Is the future of space travel likely to be in the hands of private companies like Space X or government agencies like NASA?

22. What impact do you think that the ISS has had on international cooperation?

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