- Apr 10: Students at Pinson Valley High School in Pinson, AL interviewed Ricky Arnold during an ARISS radio contact. He answered 20 student questions before a sizable audience, 1,000! The sponsoring teacher said: “The ARISS program provides a unique opportunity to expose our students to a multitude of STEAM careers, many of which our students can pursue at nearby colleges such as University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). This will help us reach our goal of graduating college- and career-ready young adults.” Students had studied space exploration, satellites, communications, radios, and antennas. An ARRL official wrote, “The ARISS contact was a very valuable experience for the students who were very attentive and interested in the ISS. After the contact, the buzz near the spot where the radios were set up was very high.” A city councilor noted: “I have a ham radio license myself and I was a young student here at Pinson and went on and got an engineering degree at UAB.” The event was live-streamed and media teams came from 4 major TV stations, a newspaper and an online news service. One TV station ran the story as “Breaking News.” Links are:
- Apr 7-8: ARISS supported an exhibit under the CASIS umbrella at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington DC. Many hundreds of students, parents and educators visited the exhibit. Youth slipped on the ARISS flight-like headsets to hear astronauts talking to students in recorded ARISS contacts. Youth handled a flight-identical ARISS-built antenna mockup, learning about space safety and engineering design. The ARISS team, including two members of our new ARISS-US Education Committee, answered questions about the antenna and headsets, ARISS activities, space communications, and ISS life and operations.
- Apr 11-14: In celebration of Cosmonautics Day and Yuri’s Night, ARISS Russia sponsored what turned into a very popular event. Twelve different slow scan TV (SSTV) images from the Interkosmos project of the Soviet space program era were downlinked to earth. Over 6,600 images were posted on the ARISS Gallery web site; some people used only a simple handheld VHF receiver and a smartphone running a free SSTV app. Those who downloaded and posted images could get a special certificate. Not only was the event a successful international activity, but the work was undertaken by an international ham group—the Russians set up the activity, the US managed the gallery web site and blog, and the Europeans prepared and handled the awards. The ARISS web page is: http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/ . ARISS’s Facebook page posting about the event reached 8,643 people.
- Apr 10: A successful ARISS contact was held for students in Vologda, Russia with Oleg Artemyev. The youth are part of the Gagarin from Space program.
- Apr 17: Salado Intermediate School in Salado, TX will host an ARISS radio contact for students and Scott Tingle. A member of the ARISS-US Education Committee mentored the Salado teachers and he will travel to the school to assist on “their big day.”
- Apr 18: Ricky Arnold will support an ARISS contact at Central Islip Union Free School District in Central Islip, NY.
- Apr 19: Students at the King’s High School in Warwick, UK, will speak with Ricky Arnold during an ARISS contact.