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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station -- ARISS
a young boy speaking into a microphone
A student at Lamar Elementary School in Greenville, Texas, proudly talks to an astronaut in space.
Image Credit: NASA

Do you think your students might enjoy talking to an astronaut in space? Using amateur radio, students from around the world can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students can fully engage in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with the onboard crew member for approximately 10 minutes, the time of an International Space Station overhead pass.

ARISS is offered through a partnership between NASA; the American Radio Relay League, or ARRL; the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT; and other amateur radio organizations and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe.

Teaching From Space is accepting proposals now for ARISS contacts that would take place in the U.S. between June 2013 and November 2013. Click on the link below to begin the process. Proposals are due Jan. 28, 2013.

For more details, see here: Competition Overview