ARISS School Contact 23 August 2023, 15:24 UTC

Astronaut Steve Bowen

An educational radio contact is planned with STEMforGIRLS, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, telebridge via K6DUE ARISS Telebridge Ground Station in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled crewmember is Steve Bowen KI5BKB; the ARISS mentor is VE6JBJ.  Contact is go for: Wednesday 23 August 2023,  15:24:59 UTC, 47 deg. Downlink signals from ISS will be audible above Maryland, USA, and nearby areas on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM, RX only! (Credit: AMSAT.)

Proposed questions generated by the STEMforGIRLS students:

1. What was the hardest thing you had to adjust to in space?

2. Have you seen the Aurora Borealis from space? If so, what does it look like?

3. What’s your favorite part about being in the Space Station?

4. What kind of music do you listen to?

5. Did you get to try to “space meals” on earth and then when you ate the same prepared space meal in orbit, it was not the same?

6. What is the best memory you will take away from your experience on the ISS?

7. What’s something you’ll miss about the ISS when you get home?

8. As an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, what is the most awe-inspiring or breathtaking moment you’ve experienced so far, and how did it make you feel?

9. What should I focus on in high school if I wanted to become an astronaut?

10. What are your favorite foods to eat while in space?

11. What is your favourite past time on the International Space Station?

12. What are your thoughts on opening up space travel to civilians?

13. What education and training is required to be selected for this role?

14. Do you ever see light from the sun, or is it all artificial light in the space station?

15. What kind of damage can your time in space do to your body?

16. What does it feel like to be in Zero Gravity, is it very different from the training simulation?

17. Can you bring your own things to the space station? If so, was there anything specific you brought?

18. How does the international space station stay powered?

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