ARISS Contact - Mooreland Heights Elementary, Knoxville, TN, direct via WA4SXM/N4CFB

Mooreland Heights Elementary, Knoxville, TN, direct via WA4SXM/N4CFB
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Ricky Arnold KE5DAU
Contact is a go for: Mon 2018-05-07 13:54:10 UTC 23 deg

Several stations were able to receive parts of the contact:

Congratulations and 73 to all!

Streaming video of contact:

More details about the contact from AMSAT-BB:

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An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Mooreland Heights Elementary, Knoxville, TN on 07 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:54 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and WA4SXM/N4CFB. The contact should be audible over the U.S. State of Tennessee and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English. The school is planning to live stream the event at .

Mooreland Heights Elementary is a K-5, Title I school in Knoxville, TN. Located in the South Knoxville area, the student body is made up of approximately 325 students, 18 classroom teachers, 5 special area teachers, and 6 teaching assistants. All students receive classes in technology, visual art, music, physical education, and library studies.

Mooreland Heights’ motto is “Every Child Counts, Every Moment Matters.” The school is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students and providing them with high quality instruction that focuses on collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. We strive to provide our students with opportunities that will help them grow both academically and socially.

There are many unique, wonderful opportunities available to the students at Mooreland Heights that are essential to our mission and goals. We are a 1:1 school where each child has access to their own iPad. We utilize technology to increase academic rigor, streamline student creations, and set out students up to become successful lifelong learners. In addition to the emphasis on technology, we are also dedicated to being an arts integrated school. We provide our students with extra arts opportunities in a variety of ways to help build creativity and critical thinking skills.

Mooreland Heights is a wonderful school with an amazing group of students, teachers, and parents. Together we work hard to provide the best possible education for our students!

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

  1. What do you eat on the ISS and how do you eat it?

  2. When you are upside down, how do you not feel it?

  3. What experiments are you doing in space?

  4. How long does it take to get used to and recover from microgravity?

  5. What does a person have to do to become an ISS astronaut?

  6. How do you physically prepare your body for living in space?

  7. Does microgravity affect digestion?

  8. How do you avoid space junk?

  9. How does it feel to go through Earth?s atmosphere?

  10. What do you miss most about Earth?

  11. What?s your favorite thing to do in space?

  12. Do you ever get to go outside?

  13. What are astronaut suits made of?

  14. How do you get your fruits and vegetables?

  15. What happens if you need a doctor in space?

  16. What happens in an emergency, like a fire, on the space station?

  17. If a baby grew up in space, how would he/she be different than children on Earth?

  18. How many personal items can you bring to the ISS?

  19. How many pounds of fuel does it take to get to the ISS?

  20. Have you ever lost anything in space?

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums. Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see,, and

Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN