September 26, 2009




An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned with students at Ciencia Viva Science Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.


Pavilhao do Conhecimento Ciência Viva  -  Pavilion of Knowledge Ciência Viva -  is a National Museum of Science and Technology in Lisbon. It is an interactive science and technology museum that aims to make science accessible to all, stimulating experimentation and exploration of the physical world by developing 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 October 4 to 10.


Students participating in the 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 on Space projects for two years and they are highly motivated to do science-related activities.


The contact will be a telebridge operated by ARISS groundstation ON4ISS on Thursday October 1, 2009 at 14:20 UTC. Downlink signals will be audible over Western Europe on 145.800MHz FM.


The contact will be distributed on *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* EchoLink servers.


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


1. Mafalda: Please describe life on the ISS in one word only.


2. Daniela: What do you miss most in Space?


3. Miguel: Where do the astronauts get their water on the Space Station?


4. Alexandre: Does food taste different in Space than on Earth?


5. Tomé: How many calories does an astronaut eat per day?


6. Ana: Can you chew bubble gum in Space?


7. Mariana: How many hours does the astronauts’ rest time last?


8. Carlos: What impact does zero gravity have on your bones?


9. Diogo: How do the astronauts keep themselves fit?


10. Bernardo: How do you get rid of waste?


11. Ricardo: Do you have vertigo when you are looking to the Earth from the ISS?


12. Ana Sofia: Is living in microgravity boring?


13. Gonçalo: What has changed in your perception of our planet after looking at it from the ISS?


14. Bernardo: What was the worst moment you ever lived onboard a spaceship?


15. André: Do you think you will ever walk on Mars?


16. Adriana: Can you see the Great Wall of China from Space?


17. Andreia: What are the favourite ways of entertaining in your spare time?


18. Sara: Do astronauts get space sickness?


19. Rodrigo: Is the blood pressure different in Space than on Earth?


20. João: How are mission crews selected?


21. Mafalda: How long do you train for a mission?


22. Daniela: What are the steps to become an astronaut?


23. Miguel: How do you cope with things getting so cold and hot in Space?



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 onboard 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.




Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

ARISS Chairman