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Successful contact for Flight Museum, Texas with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

Saturday August 5, 2017 at 18:02 UTC students at Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, Texas, USA established ARISS contact with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA onboard the International Space Station. This was a telebridge contact performed by Amateur radio ground station ON4ISS, located at Aartselaar, Belgium.

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For the third year in a row, the Frontiers of Flight Museum is honored to be selected for a live contact with the International Space Station through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.  We greatly appreciate the support and assistance of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in making this phenomenal opportunity for our students possible.  

The Frontiers of Flight Museum is committed to educating, motivating, and inspiring all ages in science, technology, engineering, and math, and this remarkable opportunity offers us a unique venue toward that goal.  Our previous ARISS contacts have been viewed by overflow audiences in our 200-seat auditorium, and we once again welcome this chance to inspire young people while also educating the public about the importance of the International Space Station.

This TALK LIVE! To the ISS event will be held on 5 August, only two weeks after our ninth annual “Moon Day” event, the largest annual space exposition in Texas.  This year, Moon Day featured exhibits and demonstrations by the Dallas Amateur Radio Club, AMSAT, the Johnson Space Center, several universities, and numerous space-related corporations and organizations.  Programs and classes for all ages included model rocket building and launching for younger visitors as well as serious academic presentations for mature audiences such as The Future of Human Spaceflight:  The Moon, Asteroids, and Mars, The August Solar Eclipse, and a special appearance by Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center and a three-time Space Shuttle astronaut (STS-91, STS-99, and STS-104). Several young visitors to Moon Day submitted questions for consideration for this upcoming ARISS contact.

The live conversation via Amateur Radio with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station in the Museum’s auditorium will be open to the public.  

Contact was established at 18:02 UTC with OR4ISS via ON4ISS. During the scheduled contact ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered 16 questions. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear during the whole pass.

More than 200 participants attended the event. Two TV broadcast team and some other media covered the contact.

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