Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ISS Contact: National Space Challenge 2011

As part of the annual National Space Challenge organised by the National Space Agency, radio contact with the International Space Station (ISS) was made tonight at 10:46pm. 19 students managed to interact with Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa using ham radio with the assistance of Mr. Sangat Singh and Mr. Sion who were handling the radio equipment located at the National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur. The students asked about microgravity conditions and life in space which was answered in detail by Furukawa during the short 10-minute window. After the event, I managed to address the students using a megaphone and got to find out how they were enjoying the programme and their keen interest in science and aerospace. All of the 26 participants of the space challenge were excited about their experience tonight. All and all it was a great event and kudos to the staff of the planetarium for running such an excellent session. More info on the National Space Challenge. Thank you...

Mr. Sion with the ham radio equipment at the satcom station

JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa

With our mentor Mr. Sangat Singh

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