ARISS News Release No.23-01
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISSContact is Scheduled with Students at
Escola Secundária de Lagoa, Lagoa, Azores-Portugal
January17, 2023—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has receivedschedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboardthe International Space Station (ISS) and students at the Escola Secundária deLagoa located in Lagoa, Azores. ARISSconducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year betweenstudents around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboard theISS.
Escola Secundária de Lagoa (Lagoa Secondary School), S. Miguelisland at Azores – Portugal has more than 900 students, 120 teachers and about30 employees and serves students in 7th through 12th grades. Lagoa SecondarySchool’s Astronomy and Geocaching Club is hosting this ARISS contact involvinga core group of 11th and 12th grade students studying theScience Curriculum (Mathematics and Physics) and other students in the 10th,11th and 12th grades. In addition to the school’s STEM curriculum, students areengaged in astrophysics activities as members of the Astronomy and GeocachingClub. To further a deeper scientific engagement and literacy in the community,the school created the Project ISU (in search of the uncertain) that has themain purpose of putting forward space knowledge and know-how. Partnering organizationsinclude the national authority for communications in Portugal (ANACOM),providing facilities and expertise for the contact, the Science Center EXPOLABsupporting students’ activities related to space and rockets, the AstronomicalObservatory of Santana Açores providing a mobile planetarium and telescopes forsolar observation, and City Hall of Lagoa for logistical facilitation.
This will be a telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio and students will take turnsasking their questions of Astronaut Josh Cassada, amateur radio call sign KI5CRH.The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard bylisteners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses thetelebridge station.
The ARISS amateur radio ground station(telebridge station) for this contact is in Casale Monferrato, Italy. Theamateur radio volunteer team at the station will use the callsign IK1SLD, toestablish and maintain the ISS connection.
TheARISS radio contact is scheduled for January 19, 2023 at 5:20 pm AZOT (Azores) (18:20:34UTC,1:20 pm EST, 12:20 pm CST, 11:20 am MST, 10:20am PST).
Astime allows, students will ask these questions:
1.Are your bones, muscles andorgans affected by microgravity?
2.How does it feel to have achieved your life goal of being an astronaut?
3. If an astronaut becomes very ill in space andneeds urgent medical care, what happens? Do doctors travel with you?
4. What would happen if planet Earth had Mars’low gravity?
5. What do you do while you’re on board of theInternational Space Station? (ISS)?
6. If you could change anything about your work,what would it be?
7. During their stay in space, do astronautshave any working schedule to keep?
8. While they are in the Space Station, doastronauts play video games during their free time?
9. What sensations or effects occur duringre-entry into Earth's orbit?
10.Since there is no atmosphere in space, have you ever been woken up by the sunphotons while you were sleeping?
11.Do astronauts have to follow any specific rules or laws when in space?
12.Let’s imagine that humans have, in some way, my planet Earth a place impossibleto live in. would it be possible for humans to live in an exoplanet?
13.What should we study if we want to become an astronaut?
14.What do you like to do when you are bored in space?
15.Do you think your life dream of being an astronaut has, in some way, affectedyour social life?
16.During take-off, how do astronauts feel both physically andpsychologically?
17.How do astronauts entertain themselves during their free time in space?
18.What experiments, in the field of biology, are currently taking place on boardthe ISS?
19.How long does it take to prepare yourself for space?
20.In space, do astronauts have to have a special diet?
Amateur Radio on the InternationalSpace Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radiosocieties and the space agencies that support the International Space Station(ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur SatelliteCorporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS NationalLab-Space Station Explorers, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) andNASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program (SCaN). The primary goal ofARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts,and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts viaamateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before andduring these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities takepart in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, andamateur radio. For more information, see http://www.ariss.org
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