2016-03-05 1 year ago
I listened to the ARISS contact with England (Wales, to be precise) this morning. I followed the preparations via the principia live stream but I went outside with my arrow antenna for the contact itself. Elevation at my location was not too high (maximum of 46 degrees) which was a bit of a problem between the houses. I held up my arrow above my head for maximum reception but that got tiring real quick. So I heard the answers to about 3 or 4 questions. But it is still quite special to hear an astronaut talk live. On the principia live stream I followed the rest of the event. It's good to see the contact is much, much more than just 10 minutes of Q and A. There was a lot of explanation about the ISS, the work Tim Peake does, the influence of space on the human body. Including bits where the scientists say "we don't know why this happens, we're still researching it". The ARISS program and the Tim Peake mission must be a boost for STEM (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and amateur radio.