Ahead of the amateur radio link up with ISS astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS, planned for 1440 GMT on Friday, February 26, 120 pupils aged 10 to 18, from 21 schools across Norfolk and Suffolk, gathered at City of Norwich (CNS) for a special Ground Control Day.
As well as a keynote speech from Helen Mason, a reader in solar physics at Cambridge University, the event covered the technical side of the radio link itself, and issues to do with physics and space more generally.
Tim Hare M6HTJ, a Year 10 pupil at CNS who is himself a radio ham enthusiast, will lead the space linkup, said: “It’s going to be incredible. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that very few people will be able to have.”
Maddy Flett, a Year 8 pupil at CNS, said science is “not a subject I would jump to first”, but she really enjoyed Ground Control Day.
She is one of 10 pupils chosen to question Mr Peake, and will ask what astronauts do if they cut themselves.
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