Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Update: the ARISS contact was a success!

May 27, 2019 – As part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques, KG5FYI, will connect with students from Mildred Hall School in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and answer their questions, live from the International Space Station (ISS).

The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and ON4ISS and is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:44 pm MT (19:44:22 UTC 81 deg). It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time. The contact should be audible over Belgium and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, ARISS Western Canada Mentor, is the Moderator for the event.

ARISS is an international program aimed at inspiring students worldwide to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through Amateur Radio communications opportunities with the ISS crew.

Other upcoming ARISS contact: 

May 27, 2019 – Walter Murray Collegiate Institute in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan via VK6MJ. The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is David Saint-Jacques, KG5FYI.

The contact will also be held on Monday, May 27 at approximately 2:18 pm CST (20:18:50 UTC 48 deg). Stay tuned to this website for additional information.

For more information on ARISS please visit:

RAC ARISS webpage: https://wp.rac.ca/ariss/

Main ARISS website: http://www.ariss.org

Questions and Additional Information:

Mildred Hall School, a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 School, is located in the heart of downtown Yellowknife with Frame Lake and its beautiful trail almost sitting in its backyard.

It houses 271 students from the ages of 4 to 14 with very diverse backgrounds and cultures. Almost 80% of the students are Indigenous, so it boasts programming that is relevant to hands-on learning, science inquiry, outdoor experiential opportunities and the instruction of English, French and Dogrib.

Our basic beliefs revolve around the acronym SOAR- Share what you have (S), Ownership (O), Achieve your very best (A) and Respect everyone and everything around you. (R).

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

  1. Why is space travel so important to astronauts and other humans?
  2.  I saw a picture you took of the northern lights and we have a lot of them over here in Yellowknife. Are you able to fly through the northern lights?
  3. How do you see the sun from where you are? Is there a sunrise or sunset? Is it different to how we see it on earth?
  4. How long are you there and how long can a person stay in space? Does it affect your body in anyway, causing irreversible consequences?
  5. Do you constantly work up there? Do you do anything for fun? If so, what?
  6. What is your favourite thing about being in space?
  7. What is the most challenging thing about being in space?
  8. Does your hair and nails grow at the same rate in space? Is there anything different about the way they grow?
  9. If there is an emergency on the space station and you have to escape, is there an emergency pod? If not what happens?
  10. What is gravitational time dilation?
  11. How do you keep time in space? Are you in a time zone?
  12. Do you think humans will ever live on another planet?
  13. What were you thinking when you blasted off?
  14. What is the strangest thing you have ever seen or experienced in space?
  15. Is it as silent as movies show? Why?
  16. What do you miss the most while you are there?