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ARISS Event - City of Ottawa Central Experimental Farm,Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - Wednesday (July 9) at 1514 UTC



An International Space Station Expedition 17 ARISS school contact has
been planned
with participants from the City of Ottawa Central Experimental Farm in
Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada on 09 July.  The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately
15:14 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and W6SRJ.  The
contact should
be audible in western portions of North America.  Interested parties are
invited to
listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.  The participants are expected to
conduct the
conversation in English.

The Canada Agriculture Museum in Ottawa is a unique combination farm and
museum. The
Museum offers animated bilingual interpretation which shows the making
and tasting of
foods such as ice cream, bread and butter.  Other demonstrations present
farming
activities, including year-round animal care and spring sheep shearing.
Visitors to
the animal barns will see a collection of common farm animals, as well
as several rare
breeds.  The Museum's Tractors exhibition and the exhibition on rural
electrification
of one hundred years ago bring the science of the past to life.  The
Canada Agriculture
Museum - Where Knowledge Grows!

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

1.  What kind of animals have been brought to space? 

2.  Is it possible to grow food in space?

3.  What planet would be the best for farming?

4.  What plant would be the hardest to grow in space?

5.  What would be the easiest plant to grow in space?

6.  Do animals behave differently in space?

7.  What are the difficulties of agriculture in space?

8.  What is the difference between growing plants on earth and in space?

9.  Do plants grow faster in space?

10. What is GPS technology, and how does it affect agriculture? 

11. Do animals eat more in space than they do on earth?

12. Do plants grow upward in space?

13. Have you ever tried making bread in space and if so, does it rise
differently?

14. What is your favorite farm animal and why?

15. How does GPS technology help farmers reduce the amount of
fertilizers they apply
    in their fields?

16. What planet would be the hardest to grow food on?

17. Does food taste differently in space?  

18. Do plants need more water in space?

19. What farm animal is least likely to survive in space?

20. Do things sound different in space, e.g. a dog barking?

Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact. Packet is transmitted
on 145.825 simplex.

Next planned event(s):

Department of Astronomy & Space Sciences (DASS) at Kuwait Science Club,
Safat, Kuwait,
telebridge via WH6PN
Mon 2008-07-14 17:05 UTC 45 deg 

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 on-board 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.
Further information
on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.rac.ca/ariss
(graciously
hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada). 

Thank you & 73,

Stephen H. Ponder, N5WBI

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