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Media Release

For immediate release October 20, 2009

Live from Space
Halifax Public Libraries to make live call to the International Space Station

The Keshen Goodman Library is calling space, and the International Space Station (ISS) is answering!

Join us when Canadian astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk answers our call to space on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Keshen Goodman Library (330 Lacewood Dr.). Dr. Thirsk is on board the International Space Station and will answer questions posed by 16 of the Bel Ayr Pathfinders.

The event will start at 11:30 a.m., with astrophysicist Dr. Robert Thacker as the guest speaker. Contact with Dr. Thirsk on the ISS will be made at 12:13 p.m.

Contact with the ISS is made possible through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). ARISS is a volunteer program that inspires students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station on-orbit crew.  This contact with the ISS will be the 500th successful call made by ARISS.

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852