23 February 2007




An International Space Station Expedition 14 ARISS school contact has been planned with students at Escola Camilo Castelo Branco,  Carnaxide, Portugal on Monday, 26 February 2007. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:51 UTC.


The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK5ZAI. For Europe there are listening options  listed below. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.  


IRLP -  Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010. 

You may also connect via the IRLP Discovery website  at http://www.discoveryreflector.ca/listen.htm.


EchoLink -  The audio from this contact will be available on the EchoLink *AMSAT*  (node 101 377) and the *JK1ZRW* (node 277 208) conference rooms. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load light on the *AMSAT* server.  This will ensure good audio quality for all listeners.




To join the event:

URL: https://e-meetings.mci.com




To access the Audio Replay of this call, all parties can:

1. Go to the URL listed above.

2. Choose Audio Streaming under Join Events.

3. Enter the conference number and passcode.  (Note that if this is a recurring event, multiple dates may be listed.) Replays are available for 30 days after the live event.




Camilo Castelo Branco is a high school in Carnaxide, a city about 10 kilometers from Lisbon. There are about 750 pupils, boys and girls, aged 12 to 18 years old. The school teaches science and technologies, humanities, professional

and educational grades.


Two more schools participate to this ARISS contact:

-       the school Manuel Vaz in Barcarena (95 pupils)

-       the school Jorge Mineiro in Queluz de Baixo (420 pupils)

All three schools depend from the same regional council: Oeiras.


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

1. Before leaving for any mission in space, you have many months of preparation. Is the reality very different from the tests you go through on Earth?

2. Isn't it difficult to live in a small closed space during so long a time?

3. What kind of food do you eat?

4. Is there any process of recycling water in space? If so, what is it?

5. How do you manage to keep the level of oxygen steady inside the spaceship?

6. How do you get rid of your waste?

7. Do you have any trouble in falling asleep? How do you distinguish if it's day or night?

8. What's the official language on the ISS?

9. What do you feel when you see the Earth from the space? What's the feeling?

10. Isn't it boring only to see stars, planets and space?

11. What do you miss the most when you are in space?

12. Is the relationship between astronauts strictly professional or have you become friends? Have you ever had any arguments? How did you solve them?

13. How can you repair the spaceship if it is somehow damaged?

14. For how long can you stay in space? What is the maximum time? Is there a limit for the number of missions an astronaut can do in space?

15. When you come back to Earth from a space mission, how do you adapt to gravity? Do you need any external help? What kind of help?

16. What kind of scientific research are you doing now?

17. What's the importance of space research to science and technical progress?

18. What do you think about other planets colonization? Will it be possible or is it only fiction?


ARISS, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, an international working group of several amateur radio societies from countries participating to the ISS, provides a free educational outreach programme in collaboration with the Space Agencies, involving a worldwide team of volunteering amateur radio operators.


Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

ARISS-Europe chairman