ARISS contact planned with Boy Scouts of Matinecock District, Suffolk County, New York, USA

International Space Station Amateur Radio (ARISS) has received confirmation of the timing of an ARISS radio contact between astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and the Matinecock District Boy Scouts in Centerport, New York.

ARISS conducts 60 to 80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the world and licensed amateur radio crew members aboard the ISS.

The Boy Scouts of Matinecock District of Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA), is located in New York City on Long Island and is made up of approximately 52 units made up of youth ages 5-18. In addition to teaching youth outdoor skills, the BSA also emphasizes STEM initiatives in several Cub Scout and BSA Scouts activities dealing with science, robotics, engineering and exploration. of all aspects of life. The planned venue for this ARISS contact is the Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium in Centerport, New York, which has held events over the past year to generate interest in space and space exploration for Scouts. In the year leading up to this contact, Scouts learned through STEM-based projects about ISS missions and amateur radio (including Morse code practice).

This will be at elebridge Contact via amateur radio allowing students to ask their questions to astronaut Kjell Lindgren, amateur radio call sign KO5MOS. Local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to, where applicable, for each ARISS contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz and can be heard by listeners within the ISS footprint which also encompasses the telebridge station.

The ARISS amateur radio ground station (telebridge station) for this contact is located in Hollis, New Hampshire, USA. The ground station team of amateur radio volunteers will use the call sign AB1OC to establish and maintain the ISS connection.

ARISS radio contact is scheduled for June 4, 2022 at 1:56 p.m. EDT (New York) (5:56 p.m. UTC, 12:56 p.m. CDT, 11:56 a.m. MDT, 10:56 a.m. PDT).

If time allows, students will ask these questions:

1. What do you need to study after HS to have a career as an astronaut?
2. Could the ISS ever be self-contained and not need food/water/oxygen packages from Earth?
3. Are ISS teams chosen solely on their skills, or does NASA also try to match personalities?
4. How does the ISS stay safe from all the “space junk” floating around the Earth?
5. Do you only experiment in your area of ​​expertise on the ISS or, due to limited resources, do you find yourself helping other people do things that you are not as familiar with? comfortable?

6. Is automated piloting better than manual piloting in terms of flight and docking controls?
7. What thing did you do as a young adult that you think was your first big step towards becoming an astronaut?
8. I heard that being in space can change your taste buds. Have you created any interesting or creative recipes to improve the taste of space food?
9. How do they supply the ISS with constant oxygen?
10. We saw a video of a gorilla costume prank on the ISS a few months ago. Were there any other funny pranks?

11. What work do you have to do on the ship?
12. Can astronauts bring anything from home into space?
13. I heard that astronauts from different countries trade food. Which country has the most popular dish on the ISS?
14. In your opinion, what is the best and the worst thing on board the ISS?
15. Can you swim in space when floating?

16. Can you feel the effects of being in space on your body? If yes, how is it?
17. Can you yo-yo upside down in space?
18. Does the ISS have any technology installed that could capture Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) as the US Navy has recently done? Did you see something up there that you can’t explain?
19. How does it feel to go to space?
20. I read that there was once water on Mars. Where did all the water go?

About ARISS:

Amateur radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, the sponsors are the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), and the Space communications and NASA navigation.

The main objective of ARISS is to promote the exploration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. ARISS does this by arranging scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents and communities participate in hands-on learning activities related to space, space technologies and amateur radio. For more information, see .

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