ARISS Contact - Salado Intermediate School, Salado, TX, direct via K5LBJ

Salado Intermediate School, Salado, TX, direct via K5LBJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Scott Tingle KG5NZA
Contact is a go for: Tue 2018-04-17 16:44:23 UTC 24 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 Salado Intermediate School, Salado, TX on 17 Apr. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:44 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K5LBJ. The contact should be audible over the state of Texas 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.

Students at Salado Intermediate School are third through sixth graders. The campus emphasis is to instill in our students a passion for learning, critical thinking, inquiry and collaboration. The unique experience of this ARISS contact aligns with that goal by making a lasting impression on the students, creating an interest in STEM careers for many of them. This radio contact allows our students to make a personal connection to the importance of space exploration and its developing technology.

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

  1. How do you all get along in space, even though there are people from all different places around the world?

  2. How does it feel to see the Earth from space?

  3. Does being in space become normal to you, like going to school is for me?

  4. What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced on the ISS?

  5. If you could bring one more thing on board the space station what would it be?

  6. Is it harder to breathe on board the space station?

  7. What was the transition from the military to astronaut like?

  8. If you could take a non-related person with you to the space station, who would you take and why?

  9. What are you looking for when you are monitoring the Earth?s water from space?

  10. What do you think the world would be like without space exploration?

  11. How do you clean the space station?

  12. What is the most interesting experiment you have done on the ISS?

  13. How do you celebrate holidays on the ISS?

  14. What are your first thoughts as you begin a spacewalk?

  15. If you got to add another section to the ISS what would be in it?

  16. If you could pick any food to eat right now, what would it be?

  17. Why are bacteria stronger in space, or is the immune system weaker?

  18. What is the hardest thing to get used to on the space station?

  19. What would you change about the space suit and why?

  20. Does it take longer for something to grow in space than on Earth?


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

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