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Students Speak With Station Crew Using Amateur Radio
ISS028-E-007701 -- Mike Fossum

NASA astronaut Mike Fossum is pictured floating freely in the Harmony node of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Children from the Cherry Creek School District in Centennial, Colo. spoke directly with Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum aboard the International Space Station on Oct. 27, 2011. The conversation, coordinated by Amateur Radio on International Space Station, or ARISS, was made by using amateur radio equipment. The duration of the contact was approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. It was a telebridge connection facilitated by a station in Italy, called IK1SLD.

› Listen to the conversation (13.2 mp3)

The Cherry Creek School District is located in a suburb of Denver. During the spring, summer and fall breaks kindergarten to eighth-grade students in a gifted and talented program called Inside Out participate in accelerated classes. These 200 or so high achievers focus on subjects which include space science and radio technology. The contact with the ISS will be included in the curriculum for the fall session of Inside Out. The students will learn about UTC, satellite communication, antennas and communication modes. The goal of the lesson plan is to teach students the importance of time and its application in space communication and exploration.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies in the U.S., Russia, Europe, Canada and Japan with the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) organizations from participating countries. ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of amateur radio by talking directly with crew members on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how amateur radio and crew members on the station can energize children's interest in science, technology and learning. More information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).

› Read more about Expedition 29
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