- Jan 24: The Island of Cyprus celebrated its first ARISS amateur radio contact. Students at The English School in Nicosia and 5 lucky visiting students in the audience exchanged 20 questions and answers with Mark Vande Hei. The school’s amateur radio club is the oldest student club in the school, and its collaboration with the astronomy club in recent years has been beneficial, according to teachers. About 250 people attended the ARISS event, and coverage was by 3 TV stations, some airing clips more than once. The event was also live streamed; a link (begin at 59 minutes) is: https://www.cyhams.org/wp/?page_id=4761.
- Jan 18: Jack Fischer visited the NASA Glenn Research Center to speak about his 2017 ISS mission. Along with Glenn workers, attending were northeast Ohio Girl Scouts who had spoken to him during an ARISS radio contact in July. A story about Jack’s visit to Glenn ran in Spaceflight Insider at: http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/space-centers/glenn-research-center/astronaut-jack-fischer-shares-awesome-iss-experiences-visit-nasa-glenn/
- Jan 22: Students at the Naka Junior High School in Kakamigahara City, Japan successfully contacted Mark Vande Hei during their recent ARISS contact. The event was covered by reporters from a TV station and two newspapers. Vande Hei answered all 19 student questions before an audience of 100.
- Jan 26: Because of many questions being received by the ARISS Team about the ARISS APRS Packet System being off line, the team distributed a news release about it. The release, picked up already by 7 news venues, covered the unidentified anomaly in the system, the team’s investigation of possible problems, and the future 2018 delivery of the new interoperable radio system.
- February issue: ARRL’s monthly journal, QST, which goes to 162,000 people, carried a full-page photo article in its “Up Front” column. The story and photos were from the ARISS radio contact held in September 2017 for 11,000 scouts and 2,000 parents in Kansas City, KS.
- Jan 31: The Central Magnet Math and Science Elementary School in Batesville, AR, will host an ARISS contact with Joe Acaba.
- Feb 5: Scott Tingle will support an ARISS contact with students at Moore Square AIG/GT Magnet School in Raleigh, NC.