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Woodridge Middle School Chosen to Speak With Astronauts on International Space Station

International Space Station Woodridge Middle School was recently chosen to communicate with the International Space Station as it passes overhead later this year. The call will be made in cooperation with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, which promotes learning opportunities via the STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) initiative.

Thomas Laybourn, Woodridge science teacher, said that the call will be made via an amateur radio station set up at the school. Students have been chosen to ask questions to the astronauts.

To prepare for the call, students have been focusing on topics like electricity and magnetism, mechanical waves and electromagnetic radiation, and studying the practical uses of radio.

The length, exact date, and time of the call will hinge upon several factors, including weather and space station orbit. The time period of the call is expected December 9-13, 2019.