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Penticton students connect with Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield

Col. Chris Hadfield will be connecting with South Okanagan students on Friday for a question and answer period. - Submitted Photo
Col. Chris Hadfield will be connecting with South Okanagan students on Friday for a question and answer period.
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South Okanagan students will be having a live question and answer with Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield.

The students will be connected with Hadfield via Ham Radio from Uplands School on Friday at 11:36 a.m. while the astronaut is on-board the International Space Station. About 450 students from schools in the South Okanagan and Similkameen will be attending to ask some of their questions and get answers from Hadfield as he orbits above at a speed of 28,000 kilometres per hour. The contact is made possible by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). This is an international working group of the amateur satellite service, the Canadian Space Agency, NASA and Penticton residents.

Students and teachers have been preparing for weeks, learning about space, Canada's contribution to space exploration, the International Space Station and what it might be like for Hadfield to live and work for extended time in a weightless environment.

Representatives from the school districts, city officials, RDOS officials, provincial and federal officials, cadets, Ham Radio society and White Lake Observatory have been invited. This event is not open to the public.

For more on this check back at www.pentictonwesternnews.com on Friday afternoon.

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