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Upcoming ARISS contact with Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias Económico-Sociales, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Villa Mercedes, Argentina

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias  Económico-Sociales, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Villa Mercedes,  Argentina on 19 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:14 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and LU8YY/Q. The contact should be audible over Argentina and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian.


The Universidad Nacional de San Luis was established in 1973 on the basis of the two faculties of the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo operating in the city of San Luis. There are many courses of studies, such as Agronomy, Electromechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Law and Accountancy among others.



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


1.  What are the vegetables that predominate in astronauts diet?

2.  In what way consume it (seeds, cereals, nuts, dehydrated, soups)?

3.  Are they cultivating vegetables with high nutritive value ?

4.  On what other plants are working?

5.  In space, Are the research orientated only to food production?

6.  Do you think that would be possible the sufficiency of vegetables in the 

    space in the future?

7.  What kind of substrata use for vegetable cultivation?

8.  What environmental condition in space impacts more in vegetables: 

    Gravity?  Light?

9.  Do you determinate changes in growth rate of vegetables compared to 


10. Space conditions stimulate or inhibit flowering and fruiting?

11. Do you obtained fruits or seeds in that conditions?

12. Vegetables grown in space have been damaged by a pest (fungi, bacterium, 


13. How do you transport  seeds or vegetables parts from earth?

14. If seeds have been obtained on the space station, to plant them in the 

    ground has been made viable seedlings?

15. Do you investigate about behavior of fungi, bacterium and insects in 







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      Next planned event(s):


  1.  Reunion Island, direct via FR1GZ 

      Mon, 19Aug2013, 21:31 UTC 


  2.  Youth  Forum near the Black Sea, via TBD

      Mon, 2013-08-26 15:30  UTC



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.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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