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ARISS Event - European Space Camp 2008,Zanka Children and Youth Centre, near Lake Balaton, Zanka,Hungary - Thursday (July 24) at 1901 UTC

ARISS Event - European Space Camp 2008, Zanka Children and Youth Centre,
near Lake Balaton,
Zanka, Hungary - Thursday (July 24) at 1901 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 17 ARISS school contact has
been planned with
participants from the European Space Camp 2008 at the Zanka Children and
Youth Centre, near
Lake Balaton, Zanka, Hungary on 24 July.  The event is scheduled to
begin at approximately
19:01 UTC.

The contact will be a direct contact between stations OR41SS and HA5KHC.
The contact should
be audible in Central Europe.  Interested parties are invited to listen
in on the 145.80 MHz
downlink.  The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in

This radio contact will be made from the European Space Agency's Space
Camp, from Hungary. One
hundred-twenty children of ESA staff members from various European
countries, between the ages
of 8 and 17, interested in science and sports are participating.  This
year they're learning
about Earth Observation.  Helped by Hungarian radio amateurs, they would
like to know more
about astronauts' lives.

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

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):

United Space School, Seabrook, Texas, USA, telebridge via ON4ISS Thu
2008-07-31 18:42 UTC 69 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

Thank you & 73,

Stephen H. Ponder, N5WBI

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