Spacestation calling a New Mexico’s school

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Valley High School, Albuquerque, NM on 18 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:25 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and NM5HD. The contact should be audible over the state of New Mexico and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English. Our upcoming ISS contact consists of several Albuquerque Public Schools, elementary, middle and high schools. Students from Chaparral ES, Mission Ave. ES, Garfield MS, and Valley High School will be asking questions of NASA Astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT.

These students are part of a multi-year Federal Grant, “Engineering The Future” K-12 STEM Pathway and our high school students from Valley HS have already had experience tracking satellites and have learned about some of the essential systems to build a cubeSAT. Cadet Jared Manalo , KG5TWD, from Valley HS is in training to make the call. Questions have been submitted from all schools and students and teachers alike are getting very excited about the contact. Our contact will be streamed to all APS schools and lessons have been sent around the district in preparation. Exciting times for Albuquerque Public Schools. Looking forward to visiting with you soon.

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