Experience Radio Connection with ISS Astronaut on March 10th
The North Dakota NASA Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC), and the Student Amateur Radio Club (SARA), in collaboration with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), will be able to talk to NASA Astronaut Tim Kopra – who is 200 miles above the United States on the International Space Station—on Thursday, March 10th at 1:07 p.m. K0UND via W6SRJ will telebridge the radio call from Santa Rosa, California to the Memorial Union at the University of North Dakota (UND). Over 350 K-12 and university students, teachers, volunteers, and chaperones will be present at UND and witness NASA’s historic 1,000th ISS call. This specific contact will last approximately 11 minutes. The call will take place here on campus, in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union at 1:07 pm. If you are unable to attend, you may view it here: http://realmedia.aero.und.edu/ndsgc.html
Leading up to the ARISS call, members of the Space Grant team and college student volunteers made several visits to classrooms to get the students excited about the event. They worked with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at Emerado Elementary in Emerado, ND, 2nd graders at Highland Elementary in Crookston, MN, 3rd graders at Century Elementary in Grafton, ND, 4th graders at Century Elementary in Grand Forks, ND, and 5th graders at Discover Elementary in Grand Forks, ND. These hands-on activities included constructing and launching paper rockets, constructing and testing parachutes - simulating NASA’s Orion capsule, designing and testing neutrally buoyant objects, and working in teams to discover and explore new planets like NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.
These students, along with a few more K-12 classrooms, and University of North Dakota students will be attending the event. Students – ranging from kindergarten through graduate school – proposed their own questions and 16 were selected by NASA. Many of the students that are attending come from smaller rural communities, so it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in such an event.
Marissa Saad and Caitlin Nolby
ND Space Grant Consortium