On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, the high school students and teachers of the High School in Molovata village in the Dubăsari district, but also those from the “Ion Creangă” and “Mihail Kogălniceanu” High Schools in Chișinău, will have the opportunity to talk live with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The connection will be established by the National Center for Space Technologies (CNTS) within the Technical University of Moldova (UTM), in agreement with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).

This extraordinary opportunity arose after CNTS-UTM, in agreement with the team of volunteers from the US Peace Corps in the Republic of Moldova, submitted a request to ARISS in 2020 to offer high school students in Moldova the opportunity to communicate live with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

ARISS liaises with the ISS Amateur Radio Service through the satellite. The project is sponsored by various space agencies around the world and carried out by astronauts on the International Space Station. Any radio amateur from any corner of the world has the opportunity to communicate live with astronauts through portable, mobile or home radio stations. At the same time, the space agencies enabled ARISS to expand this type of communication in high schools, giving students the opportunity to ask questions to astronauts aboard the International Space Station and receive answers directly from space.

The partnership for the execution of this project will involve the following organizations from the Republic of Moldova:

– The National Center for Space Technologies within the Technical University of Moldova will provide personal access to the installations from the terrestrial satellite communication stations (with the authorized call sign: ER1TUM), allowing communication assistance with ISS. The CNTS team will also provide young students with information on how to pursue a career in science and other educational information.

– the coordinator of the US Peace Corps volunteer team, Mr Edward KENDALL, and his team will coordinate the collaboration between the Peace Corps schools/libraries/local team and provide coordination and logistical assistance for the implementation of curricular support activities throughout the project, the week plan of the event and the day of contact operations with ISS astronauts. Also, the representatives of the Peace Corps will be responsible for the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) reports to ARISS, as well as collaborating with the media.

– high school students and teachers from Molovata village, Dubăsari District, “Ion Creangă” and “Mihail Kogălniceanu” High Schools from Chișinău.

The event will take place online, on the ZOOM platform, on March 3, 2021, according to the following schedule:

13.30 – Opening of the session on the ZOOM and Facebook UTM platform live 

13.40 – Approval of the work timetable by the event partners.

13.50 – Virtual tour within CNTS and presentation of activities conducted in space.

14.05 – UTM will provide information on how high school students could pursue a career in science, along with other educational information

14.25 – Presentation of the International Space Station (with a special note about women in space)

14.40 – Preparations for the dialogue with the astronauts

15.09 – 15.19 discussions between the high school students and the astronauts (during SSI’s stay in our area)

15.20 – Final remarks.

Note: The event can be watched live on the UTM Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/UTMoldova/

and the Facebook page of the Peace Corps in Moldova https://www.facebook.com/PeaceCorpsMoldova/?ref=page_internal

Additional details about the event are also provided by ARISS – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station on https://www.ariss.org/upcoming-educational-contacts.html

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