Flabob Airport students talk to Space Station

NASA astronaut Don Pettit KD5MDT

NASA astronaut Don Pettit KD5MDT

It was 13 months of preparation for 10 minutes of conversation – but what a conversation!

On Thursday morning, a select group of students from the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy spent about 10 minutes on an amateur radio teleconference call with the International Space Station, asking astronaut Donald Pettit KD5MDT a variety of questions about his duties and the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body.

Press-Enterprise report:

“My heart was just pounding,” said Brittany Cain, a 17-year-old junior at the school. “It was just amazing to be able to ask the question. But I was so nervous, I can’t remember his answer.”

The contact was made possible by Clint Bradford K6LCS an amateur radio operator and the liaison between NASA, the school and amateur radio. Bradford worked with NASA to get Thursday’s call approved.

“Our hope is that through this experience the students will keep questioning and keep looking skyward,” Bradford said. “They should never stop asking questions about space.”

Bradford also made the connection to amateur radio operator Claudio Ariotti IK1SLD who connected to the space station as it passed over Italy. The radio feed was sent to Flabob by telephone.

Read the full Press-Enterprise story at
http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20120419-jurupa-valley-students-question-real-life-rocket-man.ece

Watch Flabob-ARISS – BEFORE the Contact

Watch the Press-Enterprise video of the contact

NASA sets date for Flabob Airport ARISS contact
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/april2012/nasa_sets_date_for_flabob_airport_ariss_contact.htm

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) http://ariss.rac.ca/