Burbank students talk to astronaut via ham radio
June 21, 2012 2:26PM
Liberty Junior High School students and faculty recently talked with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. | Supplied Photo
Updated: July 25, 2012 6:08AM
Students and faculty at Liberty Junior High School in Burbank recently made contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station via amateur radio.
The event was made possible through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, a cooperative venture among NASA and other international space agencies that coordinates scheduled, radio contacts between astronauts aboard the ISS and schools.
The 10-minute live forum bounced between Liberty students and astronauts orbiting 250 miles above Earth.
Leading up to the event, space station history and mission control were the emphasis of the school’s newsletters, hallway bulletins and daily announcements.
Teachers also incorporated lessons regarding space, astronomy, NASA and the ISS into their subject curriculum.
ARISS and Teaching from Space, a NASA education office, encourages participating schools to lay such groundwork as part of its goal to instill interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects and careers among students.
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