Uma quinta-feira espacial…


Foi no dia 19 de abril, no Colégio Campo de Flores por volta das 13H05 locais, que com o rádio sintonizado, alguns alunos do 12°ano da disciplina de Aplicações Informáticas começaram  a ouvir uns ruídos. Estes revelaram rapidamente ser vozes de astronautas a bordo da Internacional Space Station (ISS) a responder, em direto, a uma série de questões previamente escritas por alunos de uma escola no Reino Unido: King’s High School, Warwick, UK (Ricky Arnold).

Num total de 18 perguntas, feitas e respondidas em inglês, muito descobrimos, nomeadamente, que os astronautas têm muitas saudades de respirar ar puro, de passear e do cheiro das árvores e da natureza, e quando interrogados relativamente ao que mais tinham saudades de comer, responderam que sentem falta de um geladinho, de bolachas e de um belo bife. Também referiram que a vida no espaço não é fácil e que a amplitude térmica que se faz sentir, por exemplo, em Marte é enorme, registando tanto temperaturas muito elevadas, como muito baixas.

No final deixaram uma mensagem muito importante, reforçando a importância da resiliência na nossa vida e alertando para a importância dos estudos para o sucesso.

É de salientar que esta comunicação foi feita tanto no âmbito da disciplina de Aplicações informáticas, como no âmbito do projeto ARISS que está a ser desenvolvido com alguns alunos do Colégio.

Para concluir, esta foi uma quinta-feira única e muito especial ou espacial, diria. E se esta foi assim, mal posso esperar para sermos mesmo nós a comunicar diretamente com eles, os astronautas da ISS.

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ARISS contact planned for school in Warwick, UK

An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Ricky Arnold KE5DAU with Kings High School, Warwick, UK.

The event is scheduled on Thursday 19 April 2018 at approximately 12.05 UTC.

The contact will be a direct operated by GB4KHS.

The contact should be audible in parts of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz FM downlink.

Moreover, the event will be webcast real time:

1100 UTC : Web stream to start.  The school will welcome everyone, including those on the stream and will proceed into the presentations from the students on their activities that have led up to the contact itself.

1145 UTC : ARISS Operations UK will take over and provide the context for the contact itself.

1205 UTC : ARISS Contact with Ricky Arnold.

1215 UTC : ARISS contact concludes and final address from the school.

The web stream will be available on


School Information:


The Mars story of the school

The Mars project, envisioned by a student after watching Tim Peake’s 2016 mission, is our chance to inspire more girls while in their formative years, to consider studying science at A level and beyond.

Since 1879 King’s High Warwick has been championing girls in science and STEM subjects as one of the leading all-girls schools in the Midlands. The importance of girls’ education back then was viewed as inferior to that of boys and the early headmistresses of King’s set about trying to change that. Over a hundred years on girls and boy’s education is viewed as equal, however the number of girls in science and STEM subjects is still not equal to our male counterparts; through school and into the workplace. Just 35% of girls choose maths, physics and computing compared to 94% of boys

The Project One campus is the latest opportunity for King’s girls, consisting of brand new school buildings on the Warwick School site. It will feature state of the art science labs, enabling future generations of girls to study with the best facilities possible. The future King’s girls at the Prep and local schools will use these labs for their time at King’s and we believe the Mars Project will inspire them to see what studying STEM can lead to, helped by access to high quality equipment. The project will assist in creating a collaborative relationship between the wide variety of subjects that have previously had minimal cross over in their syllabuses. The focus on Mars and astronomy links directly to the A Level Physics syllabus, inspiring more girls to study physics beyond GCSE. The supra-curricula activities conducted as a part of the project, such as building rovers in DT widen the educational experience of girls and enable them to see the real-life applications !

of their learning.

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

  1. (Eleanor G, Yr12): When we colonize Mars, what is the most important thing we need to learn from our ancestors’ mistakes on Earth?
  2. (Florence J, Yr 4): What types of weather can you get on Mars that we would have to tackle if humans were going to live there?
  3. (Shubhangi B, Yr12): Considering the research into life support systems on the ISS and research into in-situ resource utilization, how long after the first manned mission to Mars do you think that a Mars colony can be self-sufficient?
  4. (Gigi T, Yr9): Now that you are on the ISS would you have done anything differently during training, physically or mentally?
  5. (Emma W, Yr12): Having experienced the vastness of space, do you believe there are other forms of life in the universe?
  6. (Maddy S-L, Yr11): How has your journey to space changed your perspective on human life?
  7. (Imogen M, Yr11): What aspect of space travel do you think needs to be improved in the next 10 years to get us further into space?
  8. (Evey H, Yr12): What is the most magnificent place on Earth from space?
  9. (Rosie S, Yr7): How does not having daylight or seasons in space affect you compared to being on Earth?
  10. (Olivia L, Yr6): Is it true that the atmosphere changes your sense of taste up in space?
  11. (Shivanshi B, Yr9): How does the feeling of weightlessness compare to the training underwater on Earth?
  12. (Martha F, Yr10): How far into the future is the technology needed to make travelling between solar systems the norm?
  13. (Olivia B, Yr11): We all know space can be a dangerous environment. How do you and your fellow astronauts protect yourselves whilst on the ISS?
  14. (Emma C, Yr11): What does your training on Earth entail to help you cope with the effects of the lack of gravity on your sleep?
  15. (Emma R, Yr9): What part of nature do you miss most from Earth when you are in space?
  16. (Holly S, Yr10): How difficult is it for your body to adjust to life in space?
  17. (Amy P, Yr9): What’s the one thing that surprised you most when you first saw Earth from space?
  18. (Jade B, Yr11): What’s your advice to young people dreaming of becoming involved in space programs?