Successful contact for Fleet Science Center, San Diego, USA with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

Saturday October 14, 2017 at 18:26 UTC young women at The Fleet Science Center, San Diego, CA, USA established ARISS contact with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA onboard the International Space Station.

This was a direct contact performed by Amateur radio ground station KJ6KDZ, located at the The Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA, USA.

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The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Established in 1973, it was the first science museum to combine interactive science exhibits with a planetarium and an IMAX Dome (OMNIMAX) theater, setting the standard that most major science museums follow today. The Fleet is home to many programs that engage girls in science, one of them is BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering). BE WiSE BE WiSE engages young women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences in collaboration with the region's research, industry and academic institutions. BE WiSE goals are to: stimulate young women's interest in STEM through interactions with professionals, increase participants' opportunities and knowledge of STEM fields of study, develop a community of young women (grades 7–12) engaged in science learning through out-of-school activities, and sustain interest and involvement through alumnae and ongoing participation for women in science at all levels. BE WiSE selects girls from all across San Diego County and has sustained contact with over five hundred girls over the past 14 years.

The scheduled contact was established at 18:26 UTC with NA1SS via KJ6KDZ. AOS and LOS was right on schedule. During the scheduled contact ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered 19 questions, using the Kenwood Radio in the Russian Service Module. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear during the whole pass.

About 50 people attended the event. The event was coverd by Media.

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