ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at Agrupamento de Escolas João de Barros, Corroios, Portugal, AND Escola Secundária da Baixa da Banheira, Moita, Portugal
April 20, 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 two educational facilities located in Corroios and Moita, Portugal. 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.
Agrupamento de Escolas João de Barros (AEJB), established in 2013, is located in Corroios, Seixal and consists of five schools from pre-school to secondary education with an enrollment of 2,458. AEJB offers courses in the areas of: Science and Technology, Socioeconomic Sciences, Visual Arts/Arts Workshop, Languages and Humanities. AEFJ also offers two professional courses in the field of computer technologies.
Secondary School of Baixa da Banheira is a public, Vocational Education and Training school (VET) (with about 1600 enrolled) located in Moita, near the capital city of Lisbon. Their VET curriculum includes: IT, Sports, Cooking and Catering, Logistics, Tourism and Pharmacy Technician courses. The school offers a "Centro Qualifica" for adults who also have multinational backgrounds.
Ham radio operator members of the Amateur Radio Association in Portugal (REP) are supporting this ARISS contact with the necessary radio equipment, radio operation and ISS tracking.
This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of Astronaut Steve Bowen, amateur radio call sign KI5BKB. 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 relay ground station.
The amateur radio ground station for this contact is in Moita, Portugal. Amateur radio operators using call sign CS5SS, will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.
The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for April 22, 2023 at 1:06:44 pm WEST (Portugal) (12:06:44 UTC, 8:06 am EDT, 7:06 am CDT, 6:06 am MDT, 5:06 am PDT).
As time allows, students will ask these questions:
1. Why did you decide to become an astronaut?
2. What does it take to be an astronaut.?
3. What is your daily routine like? /How do you share tasks?
4. Is your digestion affected by the absence of gravity?
5. How do you communicate with your families?
6. What are the effects that happen to an astronaut who has been in space for a long period of time when they arrive back to Earth?
7. How long does each mission take?
8. Is your blood circulation affected by the change in gravity?
9. What does the inside of the ISS look like?
10. Was it difficult to get used to living there?
11. Do you recycle your waste?
12. How does the space station keep orbiting the Earth?
13. What projects are you currently developing?
14. If one of you gets ill, what do you do?
15. What was the most amazing thing you have ever seen in space?
16. How do you spend your free time?
17. What are the changes that you can see happening due to climate changes?
18. What do you fear the most up there?
19. Do you consider yourselves as heroes?
20. If you get emotional and cry what happens to your tears?