• 66°

Discovery students, ISS astronauts chat

Discovery students spoke to International Space Station astronauts with assistance from students in the Space Communications Laboratory at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. CONTRIBUTED
Discovery students spoke to International Space Station astronauts with assistance from students in the Space Communications Laboratory at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. CONTRIBUTED

MADISON – “Ground control to Major Tom …”

In their own ‘space oddity,’ students from Discovery Middle School had the out-of-this-world opportunity to talk with astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS).

Julia West arranged for her STEM II (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) class at Discovery to talk directly with ISS astronauts on Feb. 19. They visited the Space Communications Laboratory in the engineering building at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

UAH students in the space lab assisted the Discovery youth in their ‘long-distance’ calls. The earthbound students spoke to the astronauts with amateur or ‘ham’ radios for about 10 minutes as the ISS passed directly over Huntsville. They asked astronauts about life in space and other space-related topics.

“Discovery Middle School was named after one of the space shuttle orbiters,” John Peck said. Peck works as Public Relations Manager for Madison City Schools. “Space Shuttle Discovery played an integral part in ferrying astronauts and parts to the space station.”

In addition, Discovery students have been working with the UAH Space Hardware Club to learn facts about the ISS and the types of careers that are associated with aerospace industry.

The radio contact was associated with the government’s Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) project.

The ARISS radio contact is one in a series of educational activities in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in STEM, Peck said.

“It is an integral component of Teaching from Space, a NASA Education office. The office promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of human space flight,” he said.

For more information, visit space.uah.edu/ARISS or nasa.gov/education/tfs/ariss.

Harvest

Sergeant Major Bobby Lee completed several deployments to Middle East

Madison

Wild comeback leads Trash Pandas to first win

Madison

Emergency Water Outage – Highland Drive

Harvest

Moore performs in ‘Tinker Bell,’ works with models and Sparkman photographers

Madison

School board expected to vote on elementary rezoning plan tonight

Madison

Trash Pandas drop inaugural game 6-1 in Chattanooga

James Clemens High School

Chase Lynn’s work on Heritage Church campus secures his Eagle rank

Madison

Madison County Sheriff’s Office charges man for making school threats

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 5, 2021

Madison

New traffic signal at County Line Road and Old Highway 20 set for activation

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones students gain perspective, win awards at HOSA conference

Madison

Trash Pandas season opener rained out

James Clemens High School

Gohlich restores refuge nature trail to earn Eagle rank in Boy Scouts

Bob Jones High School

Legere, Lott, Prater and Sullivan rank academically in Calhoun’s Top Ten

Madison

Madison City Schools hit with cybersecurity threat

Madison

Student families take a moment to thank teachers this week

Madison

American Legion hosts 2 baseball activities for youth

Madison

Madison woman dies in Limestone wreck

Digital Version

Check out the 2021-22 edition of “Explore Huntsville-Madison”

Madison

Heritage claims kudos at FIRST LEGO League Challenge

Madison

Huntsville-managed moon rocket arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Bob Jones High School

Madison students earn corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship

Madison

Downtown Rescue Mission breaks ground on new store in Madison

Madison

I-565 interchange at Town Madison and Toyota Field now open

x