- Sept 27: Serena Aunon-Chancellor answered 24 questions from students at Indian Trails Middle School in Winter Springs, FL and over 800 peers listened. One student’s grandfather was Apollo 14 Command Module Pilot, Astronaut Stuart Roosa. The contact was live-streamed and had 876 viewers. Media on hand were the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, WOFL-TV, WFTV-TV and Spectrum News Channel 13 (the latter posted a story on their web site and on their Twitter account). Attending was City Commissioner Kevin Cannon who briefly addressed the crowd. Students took part in many STEM activities prior to their ARISS contact. During Astronomy Night, the local astronomy club taught them to use telescopes to find planets and nebulae. The Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society (LMARS) and the school robotics instructor held a special Teach-In introducing students to how hams communicate via radio repeater systems during emergencies, how to transmit and receive Morse code, and more. The school held a STEM Day featuring presentations by NASA Public Affairs Specialist Sarah McNulty and NASA veteran launch technician (and ham) Mike Welch. The University of Central Florida’s GeoBus was there, a 40’ bus containing a citizen science lab focused on maps, apps, and drones. LMARS members came, helping 6th and 7th graders use ham radios to talk to area ham operators. News links are:
- Sept. 26: ARISS distributed a news release announcing that the window was opening to accept ARISS education proposals from US schools and education groups wanting to host an ARISS contact with an orbiting astronaut. The window closes Nov. 30, and contacts would be available between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2019. One media rep immediately added the news to his monthly column for The Spectrum Monitor, along with other recent happenings related to ARISS. A special item about the window opening was formatted for, and submitted to, NASA EXPRESS Newsletter. This newsletter is sent to 37,365 subscribers and shared with 105,795 @NASAedu Twitter followers, and potentially 29.5 million @NASA Twitter followers.
- Sept. 26: A 144-year old school in Kurashiki, Japan, the Obie Elementary School established during the Edo Period, hosted an ARISS contact for its students. During their conversation with Ricky Arnold, he answered all 19 student-prepared questions before an excited audience of 360. A TV station reporter along with a newspaper representative were on hand covering the event.
- Oct 5: An ARISS paper was presented at the 2018 International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany. The paper written by 8 ARISS team members was presented by Oliver Amend and was titled, “Amateur Radio on ISS – Next Generation HAM TV System.”
- Oct: The national ham radio association in Germany offers a monthly journal, and the October issue featured how the ARISS program works with schools and the recent ARISS German school contacts that Alexander Gerst has supported. The article described successes from these schools and also, the ARISS hardware setup.
- Oct 2: Pell Elementary School in Newport, RI is ready for its ARISS contact with Ricky Arnold, and a live simulcast is planned. The school’s publicity says they are helping to celebrate annual United Nations World Space Week. The ARISS telebridge ground station is in Belgium and listeners in western Europe are asked to tune in and post audio received to YouTube.
- Oct 8: Students at Allen Park Elementary School, Lee County School District in Ft. Myers, FL are scheduled to talk to Serena Aunon-Chancellor.
- Oct 10: An ARISS contact is set for Amur University students in Blagoveshchensk, Amur Oblast, Russia with astronaut Sergei Propopev.
- Oct 10: Students at Robert Mayer Gymnasium, Helibronn & Realschule and Gymnasium Weingarten, in Weingarten, Germany are ready to speak with Alexander Gerst.
- Oct 12: Southwest State University in Kursk, Russia is planning an ARISS contact with Sergei Propopev.