UND Amateur Radio Club, ND Space Grant Consortium Sponsor Students’ Radio Call to Space Station

UND Amateur Radio Club, ND Space Grant Consortium Sponsor Students’ Radio Call to Space Station

(Music) (Man on radio:) OK, Tim, copy you just fine. North Dakota, your first question, please? (Girl:) Molly. What do you do for fun on the space station? Over. (Caitlin Nolby:) Today was the very first time any school in North Dakota has participated in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station call to an astronaut. It was also the 1,000th call of the program. (Boy;) Tyler. What kind of experiments are you conducting on the space station? Over. (Nolby:) Sixteen kids from across North Dakota, from Grafton, Grand Forks, Crookston, Kindred, got to come in today and ask questions directly to an astronaut– astronaut Tim Kopra, the commander on the ISS. (Girl:) Besides micro-gravity, what experimental conditions does the international space station provide that cannot be replicated here on Earth? (Brianna Maddock:) I wasn’t nervous until we started preparing, but then I got really nervous. A little bit nerve-wracking, because we only had a small amount of time and it was, like, augh! Can’t stumble or anything. (Ben Saewert:) If you’ve seen or read “The Martian,” how realistic was it compared to how things actually are on the space station? Really cool. It was a lot cooler than I thought it was going to be. It was really fun. (Nick Mathias:) What was the hardest part of becoming an astronaut, and what helped you get past this obstacle? (Man:) Before today, what’s the longest-distance call you’ve ever had? (Mathias:) I would probably say to Minneapolis. (Man on radio:) I guess you’ve got about two minutes. If you’ve got any questions, fire away. (Nolby:) We had the time left over, the amateur radio club–they were the ones that did so much work for the technical side–so, we let them just ask away. (Owen Froehlich:) What do you think will be the future of amateur radio equipment on board the international sace station? Since I was little, I’ve always wanted to do this and finally, it’s a dream come true. It takes some time to grasp the feeling that you know, your voice is actually beamed right up to space through that microphone. That’s pretty cool. (Nolby:) So much work leading up to it, and it’s so rewarding now that we actually got to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they got to talk to the astronauts. I’m just so excited that everything went well. (Man on radio:) North Dakota, do you want to say goodbye in one big group? Go ahead and do it now. (Audience:) Goodbye! (music)

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