- Jan 3: Many media representatives from Morocco had cameras and mikes aimed at students from the Higher National School of Computer Science and Systems Analysis in Rabat as the school kicked off their 25th anniversary during the first-ever Moroccan ARISS contact. An audience of more than 350 watched female and male students engage with Mark Vande Hei who answered 16 questions. Attending was the Moroccan Minister of Higher Education and the CEO of KSF Space. TV reporters came from BBC Arabic, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and three national TV stations, many providing English to Arabic translations while broadcasting the event. Journalists from all national press outlets and other Arabic countries’ press outlets were present. Here are statistics on just a few of the media stories: 4.2K views, 1.2K views, 2.4K views. A YouTube of the contact is at this URL (begin watching at 48 minutes):
- Jan 4: An additional ARISS Education Proposal has been selected for an ARISS radio contact during the second half of 2018. The proposal had been submitted by the Quest for Space program sponsored by the Quest Institute for Quality Education in San Jose, CA; the program is under the umbrella of the CASIS Space Station Explorers. The program’s educators work with Valley Christian Schools, including K-12 students at Highlands Christian School, Milpitas Christian School, Los Altos Christian School and Hellyer Public Elementary School. Students will study space and radio and are slated for an ARISS contact at the ISS R&D Conference in July in San Francisco, CA.
- Jan 8: Educators from the 13 schools and groups who got their ARISS Education Proposals approved in December, are signing up for Orientation Webinars sponsored by the ARISS Team that will be held on January 22 and January 25. A way to register online was set up by the ARISS Team.
- Schools for upcoming weeks will be scheduled soon.