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Students at Mill Springs Academy in Alpharetta to communicate with astronauts
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September 04, 2013 10:56 AM | 5261 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mill Springs Academy will be hosting a ham radio contact with NASA’s International Space Station’s amateur radio today. This program allows students to ask an astronaut questions as the space station travels in the air space over the school.

The opportunity came as a result of a grant proposal submitted last year. The entire school community will be in attendance as well as groups from the following schools: Brandon Hall School, Manning Oaks Elementary, Westminster Schools and Crabapple Crossing Elementary.

Last spring, students were invited to submit any question that they would like to ask an astronaut and 20 of those questions were selected to be asked at the event. After the questions are answered by the astronauts, everyone will be invited down to the field where model rockets will be launched.

Amateur radio is part of an enrichment class at the academy. The ‘hams’ at MSA have formed an official amateur radio club. Four students have already earned their first amateur radio license. The school’s club call sign, KK4OVR, will be used in the radio exchanges with the space station.

Members of the local amateur radio club, the North Fulton Amateur Radio League, have been very helpful in developing the academy’s radio program. League president John Kludt will be serving as the NASA technical advisor for this radio contact. Other members will be working to install the equipment that will be necessary to host the radio contact.

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