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Summerside Amateur Radio Club

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[RAC-Bulletin] Upcoming ARISS Contact on May 8: Ecole College Park School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The following news item provides information about the upcoming ARISS contact on Monday, May 8:

An International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with students at Ecole College Park School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A telebridge contact via W6SRJ is scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 18:19:40 UTC.

The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is Jack Fisher, K2FSH.

"École College Park School is a dual-stream Kindergarten to Grade 8 English and French Immersion School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Our school is lucky to have students from all over the world. We take great pride in our highly multicultural school community. We have approximately 500 students from Canada and around the world. Over 35 different languages are spoken in our school. Most of the countries that are partners in the Space Station Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), are represented in our school. Our school offers students many extracurricular activities. We have a Space Club, track program, skipping club, chess club, math club and a circus club. This year marks our schools 50th anniversary and we will celebrate it by hosting a Pow wow and celebrating our cultural diversity. What a great way to celebrate our 50th school anniversary with a link up to the ISS."

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

1. Who or what was your inspiration to be an astronaut?

2. What is your favourite meal in space?

3. How long did you train to be prepared for your ISS mission?

4. What advice would you give to aspiring astronauts?

5. What subjects do I need to focus on in school if I want to be an astronaut?

6. What has been your favourite part of the ISS mission so far?

7. What do you do if you and someone on your ISS crew need “space” from one another?

8. How do you stay connected to your family while you are on the ISS?

9. How do you go to the bathroom in Space?

10. What is your role on the ISS?

11. Besides your family, what do you miss most about being on Earth?

12. Have you ever seen any alien lifeform?

13. How do you handle an astronaut getting sick or hurt on the ISS

14. How would you deal with something happening to the ISS structure?

15. How much free time do you get while on the ISS?

16. What do you not like about being on the ISS?

17. What words would you use to describe leaving the earth’s atmosphere?

18. How would you deal with a fire on the ISS?

19. What personal item did you bring to Space?

20. Do you prefer Star Wars or Star Trek?

ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to or

Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.80 MHz. All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise noted.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world. The primary purpose of ARISS is to organize scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, the Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA and CSA, with the AMSAT and International Amateur Radio Union organizations from participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, firsthand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on the International Space Station can energize youth and instill an interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on their website at

Source: Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM
RAC ARISS Board Representative

Upcoming Contacts: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) -

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director


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