ARISS contact is scheduled for students at Carl Fuhlrott-Gymnasium, Wuppertal, Germany

The amateur radio operator of the International Space Station (ARISS) received confirmation of the ARISS radio communication schedule with the astronauts.

ARISS is the group that brings together special amateur radio contacts between students around the world and crew members with licenses for amateur radio operators. International Space Station (ISS).

This will be a direct contact through an amateur radio between students at Carl Fulroth High School and astronaut Akihiko Hoschide, radio call sign KE5DNI. Students will take turns asking their questions. The relevant local protocols for Covid-19 are followed as applicable for each ARISS contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145,800 MHz and can be heard by listeners who are within the ISS section, which also includes the terrestrial radio relay station.

Amateurs using the DN1CFG call sign will operate the amateur radio station for this contact.

The ARISS radio contacts are scheduled for August 23, 2021 at 9:54:53 CEST (Wuppertal, DE), (7:54 UTC, 3:54 PM EDT, 2:54 PM CDT, 1:54 PM MDT and 12:54 PM PDT).

Carl-Fuhlrott-Gymnasium (CFG) (with students aged 10-19) provides curricula leading to A-levels (“Abitur”), an exam that entitles their students to study any subject at each university. CFG is certified European school and also certified as a center of excellence MINT (STEM equivalent). Their MINT / STEM curriculum includes astronomy courses and works with the Bergische Universität to provide astronomy training for students and teachers. Students’ extracurricular activities include the use of the school’s astronomical observatory, which has six telescopes (Celestron C11) and one Planewave CDK20. Radio amateurs are also part of the student activities with an amateur radio station on site and planned activities that would include the study of radio astronomy and software-defined radio. The students participated in the launch and radio tracking of a balloon flight and used this experience to prepare for this ARISS contact.

When time allows, students will ask the following questions:
1. How do you like being in space and what do you do all day?
2. How do you brush your teeth upstairs? Can you take a shower?
3. Do you live sustainably on the ISS?
4. What do you do in your free time? I hope you have any at all.
5. Do astronauts have confidentiality? How do you manage to live with so many astronauts indoors?

6. Do zero gravity and station remoteness affect your psyche?
7. Are there any implicit rules among ISS astronauts and astronauts?
8. Did you take any personal belongings with you to remind you of your expedition?
9. Where does the oxygen on the ISS come from? Is the algal photobioreactor experiment still working and what use could it have?
10. How does EVA activity feel?

11. Have you ever seen something you can’t explain scientifically?
12. In our observatory we have observed several exoplanets with a transient method. Do you also have experiments to observe the ISS sky? Maybe even exoplanets?
13. How optimistic are you when looking for black matter?
14. How does zero gravity affect muscle building and muscle loss during and after your mission? Can you help with muscle building drugs?
15. Adequate sleep is the basis for effective muscle building. Do you therefore need to prepare for sleeping in the space station or do you need to get used to the conditions first to sleep peacefully?

16. What do you think about private companies that build manned space rockets instead of national space agencies?
17. Do you think it will be possible to live on Mars or other planets by 2050, as planned by Elon Musk?
18. Is CIMON-2 still with you on the ISS? What would you like a robot satellite to do for you?
19. What are the benefits of space cancer research? Are there already any benefits for patients on Earth?

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About ARISS:

Radio amateurs of the International Space Station (ARISS) is a joint venture of international amateur radio societies and space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Amateur Radio Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Space Station Laboratory, and NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation Program. The main goal of ARISS is to promote the study of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. ARISS does this by arranging planned amateur radio contacts between ISS crew members and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents and communities are involved in practical learning activities related to space, space technology and radio amateurs. For more information, see

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