Ask an Astronaut a Question During the 2017 Jamboree

International Space Station ISS

During the 2017 Jamboree, the K2BSA Amateur Radio Station will be in contact with the International Space Station as part of the ARISS Program. During the contact, which lasts about 10 minutes, we will have Scouts speaking with an astronaut. That conversation will be a question and answer session, with the Scouts asking a list of prearranged questions.

If you or your Scout have ever wanted to ask an astronaut a question. Here's your opportunity. We're asking for your input, via the form below to provide your suggestions for questions.

Here's a few samples from earlier contacts with the ISS to give you a better idea of the types of questions. Note that they are short and simple since the contact is so short. For background, you can view a video overview of a contact at JOTA 2012 ISS. This contact shows the nature of the questions and the answers.

We will publish the final list of questions before the Jamboree. We'll also provide either live coverage of the contact and/or a video after the contact.

Sample Questions:

  • What do you like most about living in space?
  • When did you decide to become an astronaut?
  • How do you keep fit in space?
  • How did you feel when you watched planet Earth for the first time?
  • Which is your favorite food on board?
  • How can astronauts have a shower on board?
  • Can you hear sounds and noises outside the space ship?
  • How does being in space affect blood pressure?
  • How, and how often, do you communicate with your family while aboard the ISS?
  • What happens if something in space hits the space station and damages it? How would you fix it?

ARISS Contact Questions

  • Keep it simple. We have only 10 minutes to ask and receive answers for 10 to 20 questions.
  • Here's your chance to submit one more question. Thanks.

 

HamRadioNow Discusses Amateur Radio and Scouting

Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, interviews David Goldenberg, W0DHG, and Jim Wilson, K5ND, about amateur radio and Scouting. Check it out.

January 2017 Newsletter Published

The January 2017 JOTA and Radio Scouting Newsletter has been published. The big news in the introduction of new Radio Merit Badge Requirements, including the new option of ARDF-Foxhunting.

You can find the newsletter at http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=56ce1526bb2372707f5868e21&id=beb7702fab&e=2d792c1bb4

USA JOTA 2016 Flash Numbers

Thanks to everyone who filed their Jamboree on the Air station report. After sifting through the reports and eliminating a few duplicates along with reports from countries outside the USA, we've compiled the early flash numbers. The great news is that there have been some excellent increases in participation. See the nearby graphic for the key numbers.

usa-jota-2016-flash-numbers

We've also conducted a drawing for the prizes that Icom America generously donated to generate enthusiasm for station reporting. It worked! The happy prize winners have been notified. WA4OTD was the grand prize winner and will receive an Icom ID-51A Plus.

We used RandomPicker to do the drawing. You can see the full results at https://www.randompicker.com/protocol/365499x23971

Next Steps

The next steps are to do further analysis and finalize the report for full publication. We'll be sifting through the written reports and suggestions, finding memorable quotes and photos/videos, as well as searching for other insight. We know for starters that there was far more interest this year in JOTA-JOTI from Scout leaders and parents based on the new 2016 Arrow of Light award requirement.

Thanks again to everyone who got on the air, shared the fun, technology, and magic of amateur radio with Scouts, and filed their report. Stay tuned for the full report later this month.

73, Jim Wilson, K5ND

 

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