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Moore Square students speak with ISS Astronaut

On Monday, February 5, our entire student body took part in an ARISS assembly. Science teacher Josh Hunter submitted the application to ARISS in April 2017 and Moore Square was 1 of 13 schools in the country to have this opportunity for students to communicate with an astronaut on the International Space Station. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) inspires students, worldwide, to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew. Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and community members) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys. Students have the opportunity to learn about space technologies and the technologies involved with space communications through exploration of amateur radio.

With radio antennas temporarily installed on the Moore Square gymnasium roof the assembly of over 500 students, staff, and guests, awaited for the International Space Station to move across the earth's horizon in order to make radio contact. Volunteer John Brier called to the ISS to "come in" and the crowd cheered when astronaut Scott Tingle replied. Students from the Science Olympiad class had only a 10-minute window of time to ask their questions and listen over the loud speakers to Tingle's responses. Mr. Hunter held the mic as each student came forward and, fortunately, all students were able to speak to the astronaut before the ISS travel beyond our horizon and radio contact was lost. It was an awesome experience.

Thank you to the many volunteers who helped with this project including the team of amateur radio experts who invested many hours of their time since July 2017 to provide such a magical experience for our staff and students! 

ARISS Volunteers and Supporters

Jim Scarborough John Brier Mark Hammond Raleigh Amateur Radio Society
Josh Tate Ryan Krenzischek Stephen Taylor WRAL
Elizabeth Gardner Robin Pace Andrea Osbourne ARISS
Tom Lewis Karl Bowman Chris Bodall NASA
Olivia Robinette Rebecca Craig Shelley Sink

WCPSS Communications Department

Paul Domenico Kristana Rogers Annette DiBona

Moore Square Magnet Middle School Science Department

Nicole Duncan Kevin Byrd Mary-Kathryn Connor

Moore Square Magnet Middle School Orchestra

John Harrington Nick Scheck  Tiffany Williford

Moore Square Magnet Middle School Dance Ensemble

Barry Squires Marla Mondora Dr. Jacqueline Jordan Moore Square Magnet Middle School Science Olympiad Team

 Video: WRAL News-MooreSquare

Students waiting to communicate with ISS Astronaut ARISS Team ARISS