Saudi Astronauts at ISS Make Amateur Radio Contact with Students in Saudi Arabia

Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Bernawi and Ali al-Qarni (SPA)
Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Bernawi and Ali al-Qarni (SPA)
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Saudi Astronauts at ISS Make Amateur Radio Contact with Students in Saudi Arabia

Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Bernawi and Ali al-Qarni (SPA)
Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Bernawi and Ali al-Qarni (SPA)

Saudi astronauts Rayyanah Barnawi and Ali Al-Qarni have used the Amateur Radio on board the International Space Station (ISS) to talk with a group of students.
The astronauts made the call when the ISS flew over the ground station in Riyadh. The call, made in coordination with the Saudi Space Commission (SSC), the Ministry of Education, Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) and the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS), aimed at raising students’ awareness about space sciences and technology.

During the call, astronauts Barnawi and Al-Qarni answered students’ questions which were centred around life in space and the daily routine on board the ISS. The astronauts also shared with students the information and the feelings experienced in space, state news agency SPA reported.

The SARS has used call signal for the Kingdom, HZ0ISS, through radio communication technology that uses very high frequencies (VHF) for Amateur Radio, which operates through a transmission and reception connection in audio mode between a ground station and the ISS when it passes over the ground station, and in coordination with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).

The Saudi astronauts arrived at the ISS last Monday in a scientific mission during which a total of 14 research experiments in a microgravity environment will be conducted.



Heat Wave in Greece Halts Visits to Acropolis

Tourists take a selfie in front of the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during a heatwave, in Athens, Greece, 11 June 2024. EPA/KOSTAS TSIRONIS
Tourists take a selfie in front of the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during a heatwave, in Athens, Greece, 11 June 2024. EPA/KOSTAS TSIRONIS
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Heat Wave in Greece Halts Visits to Acropolis

Tourists take a selfie in front of the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during a heatwave, in Athens, Greece, 11 June 2024. EPA/KOSTAS TSIRONIS
Tourists take a selfie in front of the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during a heatwave, in Athens, Greece, 11 June 2024. EPA/KOSTAS TSIRONIS

Authorities in Athens announced on Wednesday the closure of the Acropolis for five hours due to heat wave temperatures that also prompted many schools to close.
The ancient site in the Greek capital — which drew nearly 4 million visitors last year — was closed from midday till 5 p.m. as the temperature was set to reach 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit), The Associated Press reported.
Elementary schools and preschool classes were also canceled in parts of southern and central Greece where the temperatures were highest.
City authorities announced that garbage collection would also be halted for several hours Wednesday and that seven air-conditioned spaces would be opened to the public. Drones with thermal cameras were being used in Athens to coordinate the public health response, officials said.
Cooler weather is expected late Friday.

Greece is one of the most climate-impacted countries in Europe. Last year, rising temperatures fuelled deadly wildfires and erratic rains caused some of the worst flooding on record, both of which damaged crops and livelihoods.
Last winter was the hottest on record and rainfall was low, creating the conditions for more fires, scientists say.
Similar conditions were seen last year across much of southern Europe, including Portugal, France, Spain and Italy where fires caused dozens of deaths.
In Greece, fires began earlier than expected this year, including one in March.