March 20, 2023 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and students at the Lanai High and Elementary School located in Lanai City, Hawaii. ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboard the ISS.
Lanai High and Elementary School is the main school on the small island of Lanai, west of Maui. Lanai is the sixth largest Hawaiian island with an area of 140 square miles and a population of around 3,200 residents. The school (with 572 students in Pre-K to 12th grade) engages students in STEM/ PBL (project-based-learning) curriculum. In preparation for this ARISS contact, their curriculum is supplemented with studies that include amateur radio equipment, Earth and space science, radio astronomy, and amateur radio licensing. The school has enlisted community support from Everest Innovation Lab (in Hawaii), Emergency Amateur Radio Club Hawaii, Ohana Kilo Hoku, Kekulamamo, the Canada-France-Hawaii-Telescope Corporation, the Hawaii Dept of Education, and the Manele Koele Charitable Fund. Amateur radio operators are providing support for this event as well as presentations on the ARISS program.
This will be a telebridge contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Warren Hoburg, amateur radio call sign KB3HTZ. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the telebridge station. The ARISS amateur radio ground station (telebridge station) for this contact is in Aartselaar, Belgium. The amateur radio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign ON4ISS, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for March 23, 2023 at 8:22 am HST (HI), (18:22 UTC).
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxm5Ca2y0HD_NxXlZWXv11A
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. How do astronauts celebrate their birthdays?
2. How long does it take to repair stuff in space?
3. What is your suit made out of?
4. What is one of the most exciting discoveries you have made?
5. What type of work is the ISS currently doing?
6. How do the suits produce air?
7. Are all the disadvantages such as working out so much, missing your family, and eating that crazy food worth being up in space that long?
8. What are the ISS walls made out of?
9. What kind of experiments do you perform on the outside platform?
10. What are some of the effects that happen to your body once you arrive on Earth from space?
11. How do you store air in the ISS?
12. Do you miss anyone?
13. Do you notice the days/time passing by?
14. How long does it take to get to space?
15. How long do astronauts usually stay in space?
16. What was one major event that caused difficulty in space?
17. What would happen if an asteroid hit the space station?
18. What is the most difficult part of putting on your suit?
19. How does earth look from the ISS?
20. What have you learned from being in space?