Successful contact for South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, USA , with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 16:17 UTC youngs at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach, FL, 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 WS4FSC, located at the Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach, FL, USA.

School Information:

The South Florida Science Center's Education team is very excited to have been selected by the ARISS program to be a contact site for the ISS this summer. Being located in Palm Beach County, the 3rd largest in Florida, has afforded us the opportunity to pull participants from all different demographics located from Boca Raton through Jupiter.  We have constructed our program for and invited participants from grades 3 - 12 to complete a 250-word essay with the topic “If you had a chance to ask an astronaut any question, what would it be and why?” One essay will be chosen from participating schools to then be presented to a panel of judges at the Science Center. We believe that the diversity of participants along with the variety of excellent exhibit spaces we have to offer, including our new exhibit, Astronaut, our in-house HAM Radio Station, and our newly renovated theater will offer a great setting for the awards and ISS communication ceremony.

The Science Center has always been a hub for space science, offering public viewings and educational programs in Palm Beach’s only public planetarium and observatory. This Fall, we’re proud to host a brand-new exhibit on the museum circuit, Astronaut. Through hands-on and full-body displays, this revealing science exhibition investigates the reality of what it takes to be a modern-day Astronaut. Visitors can experience a rocket launch, G-forces, grow a space garden, and more! We anticipate hosting several local school groups and encourage all ARISS contest participants to see the exhibit for themselves. No matter the age, ethnicity, or educational background, we guarantee that visitors will leave this exhibit with a new respect for Astronauts. We couldn’t be more honored to participate in the ARISS program and help to inspire the next generation of space explorers.

The scheduled contact was established at 16:17 UTC with NA1SS via WS4FSC. During the scheduled contact ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered 12 questions, using the Kenwood Radio in the Russian Service Module. There was plenty of time for a nice greeting before the LOS. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear during the whole pass.

About 100 people attended the event. The event was covered by TV/newspaper.

vy 73 de ARISS Europe Staff

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