SALADO – "NA1SS, this is K5LBJ, over NA1SS, this is K5LBJ, over," said 12-year-old Morgan Morreale, and on the fourth "ringing" the astronaut took down Scott Tingle.
A small group of Salado Intermediate School students contacted the International Space Station Radio on Tuesday morning before a school meeting, the culmination of a one-year science and technology program organized by teachers Colleen Gilchrest and Laura Tomlin.
The students were chosen to speak with Tingle, a captain and engineer of the US Navy. They read questions they had written, followed by questions asked by their classmates.
"How does one manage space, even though there are people from all over the world?" Morgan asked.
"We get along with a lot of patience and tolerance," Tingle replied. "We train together … we get to know each other and each other's families very well."
Gilchrest said she learned about amateur radio on the International Space Station when she and three other teachers attended a conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in February 201
Ronny Risinger, a teacher from Austin, introduced her to the program in front. In order to get in touch with the space station, the school had to suggest to the program how they would use the opportunity as a teaching tool and what technology they would use to make sure the radio contact actually worked. 19659003] "I said we have no radio person, we are not near Houston – we did not recognize all the things that we could find and that people would and would help us" Gilchrest said:
Risinger sponsors the Amateur Radio Club of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin. Most of the equipment used for Tuesday's contact was loaned by the club, but amateur radio enthusiasts from the Salado area came and helped with their equipment and equipment.
"We have a lot of radio hosts here, so they just donated their stuff to create what we used today," Gilchrest said. "In June, we realized that we were accepted – we were one of 13 in the nation that was accepted and at that time we put our program into effect."
In line with the School's education plan On amateur radio on the International Space Station, the campus has been studying space research year-round to prepare for this 10-minute conversation.
"We had a science day, we had a star party, we had (scientific) activities, we had only a couple of different educational things to prepare the students for today," Gilchrest said.
All these activities led the school to meet at 11am on Tuesday to follow the progress of the Space Station around the world. While the students were waiting, the map on the projector showed the ISS over the Pacific Ocean.
Steven Smith, a National Aerospace Authority education specialist, talked to the students as they waited for their appointment with Tingle at 11:44. Smith talked generally about what NASA is doing and how it explains that waste from the space station gets into capsules that re-enter the atmosphere and burn before they reach the Earth's surface.
"Has anybody here ever wished to fall on a star? It's clearly possible that shooting star is Astronaut's Crap," Smith said.
Smith encouraged students to reflect on the meaning of what they were about to do.
"You are getting ready to talk to a person in a can" Who is 250 miles high in the air and is moving at 17,000 miles per hour, "he said.
Risinger operated the radio and watched when the space station would come into range in Salados, it moved zig-zag northeast of the South Pacific through North America and then southeast of Canada across the Atlantic after radio contact with the students.
"The space station will come, it will be direct off the coast of Baja California, and that's where we'll be able to hear it first, "Risinger said," so we'll talk to the space station when it's off the coast of Mexico, and we'll complete our contact as he's heading to Canada comes. "
The students' questions related to things like the look on Earth from the top, what are the biggest challenges and how long does it take to live on the space station get used to.
"Getting up and floating (around) … seems quite normal now," Tingle said. 19659003] Tingle has been at the space station since December. After 10 minutes of questions, the students thanked for the interview and the International Space Station moved on. Sixteen-year-old Alee Fowler, 12, said it was an honor to speak with the astronaut.
"You have the honor of going into space, so it was an honor to talk to them," Alee said.