ARISS School Contact 27 March 2023, 16:25 UTC, telebridge via ON4ISS

Astronaut Loral O’Hara (picture: NASA)

An educational radio contact is planned with St. John’s School Authority, St. John’s, NL, Canada, telebridge via ON4ISS ARISS amateur radio telebridge groundstation in Belgium, Europe . The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled crewmember is Loral O’Hara KI5TOM; the ARISS mentor is VE6JBJ.

Contact is go for: Wednesday 27 March 2024, 16:25:27 UTC, 89 deg. Downlink signals from ISS  will be audible over parts of Europe within the ISS footprint on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM; contact will be in English.  RX only! (Credit: AMSAT.)

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Proposed questions generated by the St. John’s School Authority students:

1. Can you describe what Earth looks like from your view?

2. Did you learn anything in Junior High that is useful to your life as an astronaut?

3. How do you respond to serious injury or illness while in space?

4. What kinds of experiments are being carried out on board the ISS these days?

5. How long did it take to become an astronaut? What was your path/education that led to this career?

6. Does being on the ISS give you the same feeling as pulling out of your driveway to go on a trip, or is there a different sense of homesickness?

7. Do you believe there could be life on another planet?

8. Is there anything that surprised you about space?

9. What is more uncomfortable on your journey into space – ascending into space or descending back to Earth?

10. How do you keep a daily routine without a single sunrise/sunset?

11. What is the travel time to the space station?

12. How does being on the ISS change your appreciation for planet Earth?

13. How do you use the bathroom in space?

14. What advice do you have for students who are interested in pursuing space science as a potential career?

15. How does the ISS protect itself from space debris?

16. Does your physical view and perspective on space change while you are on station?

17. How many people are in the space station right now? How big is the station itself?

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