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Watch Live - As Melbourne School Students Talk To The ISS

Date : 11 / 07 / 2018
Author : Robert Broomhead - VK3DN

Twelve students from Essex Heights Primary School in Mount Waverley Australia will be asking questions of Astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor onboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday the 17th of July 2018 at 6:24 pm AEST. The contact will be via amateur radio tele-bridge and will be streamed live via the internet enabling worldwide viewing of the contact. The live streaming link will be published on the school’s website accessible via this Link.

The School is involved in the contact through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. ARISS is a volunteer program which inspires students, worldwide, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew.

Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and local residents) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys along with learning about technology and amateur radio.

The school has been preparing for this contact over the last few months and students are very excited to have been chosen to ask a question of an astronaut orbiting 400km above the earth. On completion of the contact, each student will receive a certificate awarded by the Wireless Institute Of Australia.

This is an outstanding opportunity for the school to be involved in stimulating young minds about science and technology.

The contact will take place at the Essex Heights Primary School, Mount Waverley, Victoria Australia arrival time is 5:30pm. Media are invited to attend and witness the contact and the questions that the students ask of the astronauts.

The link to watch the live stream of the contact will be available via the school’s website, please check the website for the link and updates Link

Media Inquiries:
Jenny Austin
austin.jenny.m @

Information on Amateur Radio:
Further information on Amateur Radio is available at Wireless Institute of Australia website via this Link

ARISS Essex Heights Advertisment - Click to view

Page Last Updated: Thursday 12 July 2018 at 8:54 hours by Robert Broomhead


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