ARISS School Contact 18 October 2023, 9:57 UTC, direct via GB4SPT

NASA astronaut and Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Loral O’Hara. Credits: NASA

An educational radio contact is planned with St Peter in Thanet CE Junior School, Broadstairs, Kent, United Kingdom, direct via GB4SPT.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled crewmember is Loral O’Hara KI5TOM; the ARISS mentor is MØXTD.

Contact is go for: Wednesday 18 October 2023, 09:57:49 UTC, 89 deg.; downlink signals from ISS will be audible above area within the ISS footprint on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM ; the conversation will be in English. RX only! Credit: AMSAT.

Proposed questions generated by the St Peter in Thanet CE Junior School students:

1. Is it hot or cold in space, and if it’s hot how do you keep cool and if it’s cold how do you keep warm in your spacesuit?

2. Is it really true that girls are better suited to space than boys?

3. How do you tell if it’s night or day on the international space station?

4. Would you be happy to live in space for the rest of your life if you were told to?

5. What are your thoughts about space travel in the future for mankind?

6. In the future will we be able to take holidays to the international space station?

7. Do you think living organisms will ever be found in space, and if so what could they be?

8. Do you get dizzy in space when you are not moving? Or does the lack of gravity mean that you do not get dizzy?

9. Does the ISS shake when a Soyuz spacecraft docks?

10. I know we can measure gravity, but what is gravity?

11. What is the furthest distance a human has travelled away from Planet Earth?

12. What would happen if you played on a swing in space?

13. What is the most amazing thing you have seen on earth from the space station?

14. How do fires behave in space?

15. Have you seen any comets?

16. How much work do you have to do on the space station each day, and what do you do in your spare time?

17. My brother and I love space, my brother especially loves the moon. We would love to be able to explore space one day. What advice can you give us, to help our dreams come true?

18. What did you study in school to become an astronaut?

19. How does the space station renew the oxygen inside the station?

20. What is different about growing plants in space and do you think we’ll be able to grow food for long term space missions?

21. Will there be a point soon when you can watch Netflix or use your mobile phone in Space – as you are near the satellites that operate the signals? 

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