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ARISS Contact Scheduled for Students at College Raymond Sirot, Gueux, France

Date : 08 / 09 / 2020
Author : Shane Lynd - VK4KHZ

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is the group that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS).

This will be a telebridge contact via amateur radio and students will take turns asking their questions of ISS Commander Chris Cassidy, amateur radio call sign KF5KDR. ARISS telebridge operator Tony Hutchison, call sign VK5ZAI, will relay the ARISS contact via his ham radio ground station in Pinks Beach, Australia.

The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for September 10, 2020 at 10:17 pm CEST (Gueux) (08:17 UTC, 4:17 am EDT, 3:17 am CDT, 2:17 am MDT and 1:17 am PDT).

The school selected for the telebridge ARISS school contact is College Raymond Sirot or Raymond Sirot Middle School (with about 600 students ages 11 to 15) in the small town of Gueux. It is a rural school located in the northeastern area of France, about 100 miles northeast of Paris. The school teaches students a wide range of subjects including technology, physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and the arts.


As time allows, students will ask these questions:

1. Why did you choose this job?
2. How long did it take to get ready for this mission?
3. What were your feelings when you left the Earth?
4. What was the first thing you did when you got on board the ISS?
5. What are the main objectives of your mission?
6. What are the goals of the experiments made in the ISS?
7. How are you supplied during your mission?
8. How do you get enough water? Do you recycle it?
9. What do you do if an astronaut gets sick on the ISS?
10. How does it feel to witness 16 sunsets and sunrises in one day and therefore, how do you make the difference between night and day?
11. What is the most difficult task of daily life to achieve in weightlessness?
12. Is it difficult to wash yourself? To go to the toilet?
13. What do you do when you have some free time?
14. What is the most difficult thing you have to deal with in the ISS? Being far from your family? Fearing a technical problem? Living close to each other?
15. Do you think that humankind will be able to colonize other planets one day?
16. Since your very first mission, have you noticed any changes on the Earth?
17. What is your best memory in space?
18. What is your worst memory in space?
19. Have you ever been afraid for your life during a space mission?
20. Have you ever observed strange phenomena from the ISS?

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About ARISS:
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see

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Page Last Updated: Wednesday, 09 Sep 2020 at 13:49 hours by Robert Broomhead


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