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HAM it up: ASCTE hosting radio chat with space station crew

HUNTSVILLE – In what has been a busy news week at the Alabama School for Cyber Technology and Engineering, students are now preparing to host a conversation with crew members aboard the International Space Station that can be heard around the globe.

ASCTE has been selected by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program to engage in a live chat Thursday with astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli.

The opportunity “provides an invaluable opportunity for students worldwide to personally engage with ISS crew members, fostering their passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while immersing them in the realm of radio science and technology through amateur radio,” the school administration said in a statement.

Last Friday, a groundbreaking ceremony for a student activities center was held at the school’s campus at the corner of Bradford and Wynn Drives in Cummings Research Park.

Dr. Chris Brown, the radio club sponsor and engineering instructor at ASCTE, expressed his profound pride in the school being selected to host the conversation from space, saying “ASCTE is honored to have been selected for this special opportunity.”


According to ASCTE, engineering students have prepared questions that will “generate a lively discussion with the esteemed members aboard the ISS.”

In addition to the live conversation, ASCTE will also be hosting a guest speaker, Nicole Pelfrey, who will be sharing her experiences in the field of space exploration. Pelfrey has served in various roles at NASA and currently leads the payload operations.

“ASCTE continues to make unparalleled progress in providing our students with world-class opportunities thanks to collaborations like this,” said ASCTE President Matt Massey. “We are thankful to the ARISS team for their willingness to pour into our students and fuel their intellectual curiosity.”

The contact between the ISS and ASCTE is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be open to all who wish to join, along with being live-streamed on the school’s YouTube channel

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