ARISS contact planned for Peoria Riverfront Museum, Illinois, USA
An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for Jeff
Williams KD5TVQ with Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria IL USA. The event is
scheduled Wednesday July 27, 2016 at approximately 19:59 UTC.
The amateur radio contact will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD, located
in Casale – Monferrato, Italy.
The downlink signal will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM.
There will be no video from the ISS, but the telebridge station IK1SLD will
stream live video of the station to the BATC Multiviewer server. Interested
parties can view the ground station operating at:
The BATC Multiviewer shows six screen views, one of which will be from the
IK1SLD station. You can enlarge it to full screen.
The Peoria Riverfront Museum focuses on interdisciplinary learning – a
fusion of art, history, science and achievement designed to develop
knowledge, critical thinking skills and a lifelong passion for learning. We
have a state-of-the-art planetarium to teach astronomy and other science
topics, and a giant screen theater that shows educational and feature films.
Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all – connecting art,
history, science and achievement through collections, exhibitions and
Peoria is the largest city in Central Illinois, with a population of 115,000
in the city, and about 400,000 in the greater metro area. The surrounding
area is rural, with a great deal of farming communities.
The questions to the astronaut will be asked by students in our “Space to
Ground” club, and by museum visitors and staff. The questions labeled
“Staff/Audience Member” were collected from museum visitors, but we are not
sure if the person who submitted the question will be at the event, so we do
not have names.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Luke: What happens when you sneeze in space?
2. Lily: What do you miss from Earth most while you are in space?
3. Andy: How do the plants grow differently in space than on Earth?
4. Kevin H.: From space, what area on Earth looks best?
5. Andrew B.: What do you do for fun while on the ISS?
6. Zane: Is it true that your spine grows abnormally in space?
7. Avani: Would you prefer to go on a spacewalk, or to go for a walk on
Earth with gravity?
8. Staff/Audience Member: What is the first thing you will eat when you
return to Earth?
9. Staff/Audience Member: What will you be doing today after you are done
talking to us?
10. Staff/Audience Member: Which current science experiment on the ISS
interests you most?
11. Staff/Audience Member: What is the most difficult job you do on the ISS?
12. Staff/Audience Member: How many sunsets do you see in a day?
13. Staff/Audience Member: What was the most difficult part of adjusting to
14. Staff/Audience Member: Where do you see human spaceflight in 50 years?
15. Staff/Audience Member: Do you have trouble running into things while
moving about the ISS?