Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

Posted at: 09/06/2013 9:44 AM | Updated at: 09/06/2013 8:00 PM

Saturday, September 7, The Duluth Children's Museum will host a great event bringing local kids and astronauts together. A few selected kids will be able to communicate and ask questions directly to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

Doors open Saturday at 9:30 a.m. And close strictly at 9:45 a.m. Admittance is free and the public is welcome to come listen in. The 10 minute live forum will bounce between the museum's participants and astronauts as the astronauts orbit 250 miles above Earth.

Staff has been preparing for the rare event for months. It will allow us to make contact with an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station via amateur radio.

The event 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.

Anticipation has been brewing among the Duluth Children's Museum's members as throughout the last several weeks space station history and mission 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 integral component 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 space flight.

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

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