LEROY CHIAO TALKS WITH UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND
Friday 17 December 2004 at , US astronaut Leroy Chiao, KE5BRW on board
the International Space Station answered questions from students gathered in
University College Cork, Ireland.
ESA, the European Space
Agency, had set up an educational event for several schools in Ireland and ten classes participated to the
venue in Cork. The students had prepared 10 questions
and Leroy answered all. When Danielle asked “What can you see when you look out the window of the space station?”, Leroy said
he could see cities, airports, etc but he was still looking to see the Great Wall of China.
This space talk was
done by “telebridge”. The day of the Cork event the passes of the ISS over Ireland were very early in the morning.
Therefore it was decided to do the contact by one of the ARISS ground stations.
VK5ZAI, Tony Hutchison, located in Kingston, south-east Australia, provided the radio contact in the
amateur two meter band. MCI, the world telecom company, offered the phone link
to Ireland as well as to the USA from where Will marchant, K6ROL, moderated
the contact. Moreover, the audio was circulated by IRLP, thank you Wayne.
In Cork, an audience of over 300 students,
teachers and VIP listened to the space talk. On a big screen, showing the world
map, they could see the ISS approaching from the Indian Ocean and crossing the Australian continent.
Jeremy Sheehan EI5GM operated the phone and presented the mike to the students.
The signals were crystal clear.
Several newspapers, a
TV station and the Irish national radio broadcast station covered the event.
The ESA representatives
and the academic authorities were delighted and extended thanks to the ARISS
volunteers for a job well done.