Taunton born and bred Nick Bull is leading a project that will allow school pupils to ask questions to an astronaut live on board the International Space station!
It’s taking place just over the border at Bampton School in Devon where his children attend. Nick who’s also the Editor of BBC Somerset based in Taunton has told Tone News: “This has brought three things together that are all close to my heart – my children, radio and space! I can’t wait to see the look on the children’s faces when the astronaut’s voice begins to crackle through the static”.
A volunteer group called ARISS (Amateur Radio International Space Station) control the contact on the day, lead by Ciaran Morgan (M0XTD) who is a former Wellington School pupil.
The contact is currently scheduled for the week commencing Monday 7th October.
Around fifteen children will have the opportunity to ask their questions as the ISS zooms overhead at five miles per second using special amateur radio equipment. Bampton School is the only state school in the country to have been awarded the opportunity this year.
You can watch the event when it happens by visiting live.ariss.org and Tone News wills keep you updated with the exact date/time once it’s confirmed by NASA.