January 17, 2023, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and students at the Escola Secundria de Lagoa located in Lagoa, Azores. ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboard the ISS.
Escola Secundria de Lagoa (Lagoa Secondary School), S. Miguel island at Azores, Portugal, has more than 900 students, 120 teachers and about 30 employees and serves students in 7th through 12th grades. Lagoa Secondary School´s Astronomy and Geocaching Club is hosting this ARISS contact involving a core group of 11th and 12th grade students studying the Science Curriculum (Mathematics and Physics) and other students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. In addition to the school´s STEM curriculum, students are engaged in astrophysics activities as members of the Astronomy and Geocaching Club. To further a deeper scientific engagement and literacy in the community, the school created the Project ISU (in search of the uncertain) that has the main purpose of putting forward space knowledge and know-how. Partnering organizations include the national authority for communications in Portugal (ANACOM), providing facilities and expertise for the contact, the Science Center EXPOLAB supporting students´ activities related to space and rockets, the Astronomical Observatory of Santana Azores providing a mobile planetarium and telescopes for solar observation, and City Hall of Lagoa for logistical facilitation.
This will be a telebridge contact via Amateur Radio and students will take turns asking 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 by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the telebridge station. The ARISS amateur radio ground station (telebridge station) for this contact is in Casale Monferrato, Italy. The amateur radio volunteer team at the station will use the callsign IK1SLD, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for January 19, 2023 at 5:20 pm AZOT (Azores) 18:20 UTC.
The public is invited to watch the live stream at: http://www.ariotti.com/ and at https://youtu.be/R2Rd5Eku5lA .
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. Are your bones, muscles and organs 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 and needs 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 are on board of the International Space Station? (ISS)?
6. If you could change anything about your work, what would it be?
7. During their stay in space, do astronauts have any working schedule to keep?
8. While they are in the Space Station, do astronauts play video games during their free time?
9. What sensations or effects occur during re-entry into Earth’s orbit?
10. Since there is no atmosphere in space, have you ever been woken up by the sun photons while you were sleeping?
11. Do astronauts have to follow any specific rules or laws when in space?
12. Let us imagine that humans have, in some way, my planet Earth a place impossible to 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, affected your social life?
16. During take-off, how do astronauts feel both physically and psychologically?
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 board the ISS?
19. How long does it take to prepare yourself for space?
20. In space, do astronauts have to have a special diet?