ARISS contact Florida

An ARISS educational contact is planned for Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD with youngsters at SpaceKids Global, Winter Park, Florida, USA.

The contact is scheduled on Wednesday July 21, 2021 at approximately 17:47 UTC, which is 19:47 CEST. The link to the ISS will be operated by the amateur radio telebridge station IK1SLD, located in northern Italy.

The contact will be conducted in English. Downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz narrow band FM. Moreover, the telebridge groundstation IK1SLD will web stream operations on:

School Information:

The Making Space for Girls Program platform aims to engage and inspire girls around the world to explore aerospace industry professions. This special joint program was born in 2019 of a partnership between two youth-serving not-for-profit organizations: SpaceKids Global and Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. SpaceKids Global, headquartered in Winter Park, FL, proudly serves their mission is to inspire students in STEAM+ Education–Science, Technology, Engineering Art, and Mathematics + the Environment, with a focus on empowering young girls. Founder and CEO, Sharon Hagle, launched her program in 2015 with a goal to inspire 1 million of youth to consider STEAM+ careers and has successfully reached thousands of youth in the U.S. and Europe.

Girl Scouts of Citrus Council serves nearly 20,000 members in a 6-county Central Florida region, to include Brevard County, home of Kennedy Space Center. The national mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Citrus Council is committed to the Girl Scout STEM Pledge aimed at encouraging 2.5 million girls in the U.S. to take their place as future leaders in STEM; empowering girls to take lead in developing innovations designed to improve outcomes for all. The Making Space for Girls STEAM Challenge launched online in the summer of 2020. As a result, hundreds of girls submitted their ideas and artwork in hopes of sending their experiment, art design, or space-themed essay to the International Space Station (ISS). Due collaboration with and the generous support of STEAM Challenge partner, ProXops, the selected projects will launch in a Faraday Box to the ISS on a SpaceX flight in the Fall of 2021. The platform currently hosts monthly interactive virtual programs around space and space careers reaching over 700 girls around the world.

Students First Names and Questions (grade shown):

1. Annalise (1): What is your favorite outer space food? Do you have lots of different things to eat?
2. Phailani (3): In Girl Scouts, we are taught to use resources wisely. How could this concept be applied to NASA and the space industry?
3. Mackenzie (4): What do you do for fun on the ISS?
4. Kiley (5): What is your favorite piece of experiment/research that you have worked on in space?
5. Lauren (10): What does it feel like in space?
6. Annalise (1): Do astronauts get sick when they’re in space and how would they handle it if so?
7. Phailani (3): What would happen if you brought a compass to outer space with you?
8. Mackenzie (4): How high can you jump on the moon?
9. Kiley (5): What is Oobleck like in space? Would it act the same as on Earth? Would it firm up when hit or thrown or would it stay all oozy?
10. Lauren (10): What do you do for fun during your free time when you are on the International Space Station?
11. Annalise (1): Do you have any live animals on the International Space Station?
12. Phailani (3): What kinds of food have you been able to grow in space so far?
13. Mackenzie (4): What math did you take and use on the International Space Station?
14. Kiley (5): Would you be excited to meet an alien while you were in space and what would you want them to know about Earth?
15. Lauren (10): Which is more fun- the ride to the ISS or the trip home? What does it feel like?
16. Annalise (1): What’s your favorite piece of research you’ve worked on while in space?
17. Phailani (3): What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
18. Mackenzie (4): What are some challenges that you have to face trying to readjust back to your normal life after being in space?
19. Kiley (5): Do you take social media photos or videos in space and how do you post them?
20. Lauren (10): When was a time that you had failed at something in your journey in becoming an astronaut, why did you decide to keep pushing through?
21. Annalise (1): What are some major hurdles to make it to Mars?
22. Phailani (3): How much training and what kind?
23. Mackenzie (4): How would you describe weightlessness?
24. Kiley (5): Does astronaut height increase in Space and come back to normal after returning to earth?
25. Lauren (10): What is your advice to a female that is looking to get into the space industry?

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF