The Santa Rosa Junior College SAREX shuttle communications station is the
fifth such station in the Northern Hemisphere and the only one with excellent
access to flights in both "medium" and "high" inclination
orbits from the 37th to the 57th latitude. This site was chosen because
of its ability to communicate with the Shuttle in high inclination orbits,
the college resources, the ability to draw students from Northern California
K-12 School Districts, and the enthusiasm of students, faculty, and staff
about the project.
The SAREX program is an educational program sponsored by NASA, the American
Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT).
Its purpose is to involve the largest number of people possible, particularly
youngsters, in the US space program. From three to five NASA missions each
year carry the SAREX radio equipment enabling astronauts to talk directly
to students on the ground. They can participate by eavesdropping on the
shuttle astronauts. ARRL provides all schools who are interested with detailed
educational packets about the shuttle flight ranging from experiments the
students can do themselves, to biographies of the astronauts.
This page is designed to give the "Net Surfer" an overview of
the Station as well as provide links to other resources that are of interest
regarding the Space Shuttle, NASA, and other astronomy resources.
Tell me about School and Group Tours
Tell me about how my school can talk to the astronauts
Tell me about how I can be a volunteer
Click any underlined texts to make your selection.
The NASA Newsroom
Radio Experiment (SAREX-main)
AMSAT Home Page
SAREX and Amateur
Radio Experiment (SAREX) on STS60
Other Space Resources
Click to see some great Shuttle images.
Shuttle Launch (226K)
Shuttle Landing (176K)
SAREX Pictures (226K) Pictures of students
talking to Shuttle astronauts.
Santa Rosa Jr. College
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95401
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