[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva, Lisbon, Portugal

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Sep 29 09:30:14 PDT 2009

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Pavilhão  do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva, Lisbon, Portugal on 01 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:20 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and ON4ISS. The contact should be audible over portions of eastern Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

The "Ciência Viva" contact is ESA selected and takes place in the National Museum of Science and Technology in Lisbon, the name is Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva.

The Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva is an interactive science and technology museum that aims to make science accessible to all, stimulating experimentation and exploration of the physical world by holding science and technology awareness-raising projects for the Portuguese people.

The ARISS contact at Ciência Viva will be a major event within the nationwide celebrated Space Week from October 4 to 10.

These students participating in this event are aged 14 to 16 and come from different schools in Amadora, one of the main satellite cities in the outskirts of Lisbon. They have been working in Space projects for two years now, and they are highly motivated to do science-related activities.

AMRAD, the AMSAT-CT of Portugal, is coordinating the ARISS contact.


Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 


1. Please describe life on the ISS in one word only.
2. What do you miss most in Space?
3. Where do the astronauts get their water on the Space Station?
4. Does food taste different in Space than on Earth?
5. How many calories does an astronaut eat per day?
6. Can you chew bubble gum in Space?
7. How many hours does the astronauts' rest time last?
8. What impact does zero gravity have on your bones?
9. How do the astronauts keep themselves fit?
10. How do you get rid of waste?
11. Do you have vertigo when you are looking to the Earth from the ISS?
12. Is living in microgravity boring? 
13. What has changed in your perception of our planet after looking at it 

    from the ISS? 
14. What was the worst moment you ever lived onboard a spaceship?
15. Do you think you will ever walk on Mars? 
16. Can you see the Great Wall of China from Space? 
17. What are the favourite ways of entertaining in your spare time? 
18. Do astronauts get space sickness?
19. Is the blood pressure different in Space than on Earth?
20. How are mission crews selected? 
21. How long do you train for a mission? 
22. What are the steps to become an astronaut? 
23. How do you cope with things getting so cold and hot in Space?


Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact. 


Next planned event(s):

1. University of Liege, Liege, Belgium, 

   Fri, 02 Oct 09 13:09 UTC

2. Scuola Secondaria 1° Grado "Alighieri -  Trevigi"
   I-15033,  Casale Monferrato, Prov. Alessandria, Italy,

   Fri, 02 Oct 09 14:46 UTC 

3. Boy Scouts of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada,

   Sat, 03 Oct 09 18:07 UTC 


ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN

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