- July 24-26: The ARISS team supported an ARISS radio contact at the ISS R&D Conference in San Francisco, CA. Middle school students from the Valley Christian School were brought from San Jose for STEM Day. The school works with the Quest Institute for Quality Education program, and 16 young people asked questions of Serena Aunon-Chancellor. About 90 attendees watched the action with a half and half mix of youths and adults. Terry Virts added extra excitement to the students’ day by visiting with them just prior to the ARISS contact.
- The ARISS team supported the CASIS Space Station Explorer booth at ISS RD. Frank Bauer/ARISS and Dan Barstow/CASIS co-presented a paper at the conference entitled “Learning and Exploring with Ham Radio on the ISS.” The paper highlighted how ARISS digital capabilities on the ISS (similar to Twitter or IM) are heavily employed by ham radio operators 24/7 and how these capabilities inspire lifelong learning, augmenting the STEM education of the school contacts.
- Jul 21-22: ARISS-UK team set up an exhibit with the UK Space Agency to promote space and ARISS at the annual Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, UK. They reported 700-800 show attendees visiting their tables to talk about ARISS and UKSA outreach—many were teachers bringing their own children. A big hit was a giant image of Astronaut Tim Peake in the ISS’s interior. A team member wrote, “We ended up dominated by every child, adult, family wanting to get a picture taken in front of the image; it was a hit!” Afterwards, the team spent many hours emailing 300 visitors their images and links to information on how to garner a school ARISS contact.
- Jul 14-15: Teachers from Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, Palmer MA, who will host a November ARISS radio contact, set up an exhibit table during the Greater New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base, Westover, MA. The table featured ARISS and the school’s activities. Nearly 300 adults and children stopped to talk about ARISS.
- Astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman gave a keynote speech at the show and after she finished, a Pathfinder teacher and a news reporter from the East Longmeadow Cable Access Company asked her for an interview. As she spoke about the ISS, they told her about Pathfinder’s upcoming ARISS contact, and she talked about how much she enjoyed ARISS contacts. Afterwards, the reporter asked the teacher for an interview about ARISS activities that Pathfinder students are doing. The cable company aired both interviews.
- July 23: The Shinoda Elementary School in Izumi City, in the south of the Osaka prefecture in Japan, hosted their ARISS contact with Ricky Arnold for the 495 enrolled students. Nineteen youth were chosen to ask questions and an audience of 200 listened.
- July 30: The ARISS Russian team is planning another MAI SSTV experiment event. Transmissions are scheduled for 3 ½ hours the first day and about 5 hours the second day.
- Aug 6: Youth at the 17th Nippon Scout Jamboree in Suzu City, Ishikawa, Japan will take part in an ARISS radio contact with Ricky Arnold.