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Front cover of Amateur Radio on the ISS showing students talking with the crew



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Higher Education, Informal Education


Life Science, Technology, Living and Working in Space, Communication, Space Station



Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) inspires students, worldwide, to pursue interests and  careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew.  Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and community members) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys. Students have the opportunity to learn about space technologies and the technologies involved with space communications through exploration of amateur radio.

ARISS-US accepts proposals from U.S. schools, museums, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. To maximize these events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes.

Visit the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station website for proposal opportunities and related resources.

Download the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Lithograph [230K PDF file]