Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

Posted at: 08/20/2013 7:37 AM | Updated at: 08/20/2013 8:19 AM

The Duluth Children's Museum is preparing for a rare event that will allow us to make contact with an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station via amateur radio. The event, which is scheduled to take place in the fall, is made possible through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), a cooperative venture among NASA and other international space agencies that coordinate scheduled, radio contacts between astronauts aboard the ISS and educational organizations. The 10 minute live forum will bounce between the museum's participants and astronauts as the astronauts orbit 250 miles above Earth.

Anticipation has been brewing among the Duluth Children's Museum's members as throughout the last several weeks space station history and missiong control have been the emphasis of the museum's newsletters, bulletins, and announcements. Also, staff across varying content areas have incorporated lessons regarding space, astronomy, NASA, and the ISS into their programs. ARISS and Teaching From Space, a NASA education office, encourages participating establishments to lay such groundwork as part of its goal to instill interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects and careers among participants.

The ARISS radio contact is one in a series with educational activities in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math subjects and careers among participants.

The ARISS radio contact is one in a series with educational activities in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is an intergral componenet of Teaching From Space, a NASA Education Office. The office promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of human spaceflight.

For more information regarding the Duluth Children's Museum's scheduled contact, visit The Duluth Children's Museum website at www.duluthchildrensmuseum.org.

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