- November 12: ARISS-US Education Committee Chair and educator Kathy Lamont gave a presentation titled “How to Talk with an Astronaut 250 Miles Above You” at the annual (online) Virginia Association of Science Teachers Conference. The presentation, aimed at K-12 educators, covered details about the free ARISS program for schools that allows students to ask questions of the ISS crews. Viewers heard about ARISS’s proposal process, how to integrate the ISS and ARISS into curriculum, and a little on how the ARISS amateur radio system works. The presentation will be available online for many teachers to view during the next six months.
- November 14: SCaN, JPL, and ARISS presented at the Classroom in the Sky Virtual Event, with ARISS-US Education Committee member Melissa Pore representing ARISS. More details will be available next week.
- November 6: ARISS-US Education Committee member Joanne Michael launched a pico balloon, call sign KM6BWB-1, with a ham radio payload that could be tracked online. She sent social media notifications to 1,500 students in her Wiseburn Unified School District about following the balloon launch. The event was part of the school district’s “Day of Science” activities. She hosted a YouTube video during the launch, talking about the balloon’s progress, and a YouTube video lesson the following day. The second video guided students in their tracking of the balloon and led them into discerning what the telemetry was telling them about the balloon’s progress. The URL of the second video is: https://youtu.be/4QqL9b4l-BQ.
- November 6: An article about the new ARISS radio system and ARISS’s 20 years of continuous operation on the ISS was in the Polish magazine, Swiat Radio, supported by the national amateur radio organization in Poland. ARISS team members in Poland helped the writer with story details. The magazine’s regular contents include items on amateur radio, professional radio and related hardware.
- November 8: The European Space Agency (ESA) posted on its Facebook page a video moderated by Thomas Pesquet about ESA educational programs coordinated in France. Pesquet speaks in French for this video, titled “ESERO France, Always more Space for Teachers and their Students.” He covers space-related education activities—including ARISS—supported by CNES (National Center for Space Studies) and its partners. The URL is at (the ARISS portion is 2 minutes 55 seconds in): https://esero.fr/actualites/alpha-thomas-pesquet-lance-les-defis-scolaires/
- November 7: The November issue of the Quarter Century Wireless Association’s monthly publication, QCWA Journal, carried a one-page article on the new ARISS radio system on the ISS. The story included what ham radio modes are offered for schools, hams, and the general public to engage in, and quoted Rosalie White highlighting ARISS’s 20 years of continuous amateur radio operations on the ISS, and future initiatives. QCWA has about 10,000 members.
- November 16: ARISS team member Darrell Warren will make an ARISS presentation at the Red Hill Lutheran School faculty meeting in Tustin, CA.
- November 22: ARISS Technical Mentor Charlie Sufana set up a Zoom meeting to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of first ARISS school contact ever made, which was at the Luther Burbank Elementary School in Burbank, IL. Sufana invited all students, faculty, and ARISS team members that he had contact information on, and asked them to invite others they stay in touch with.
- December: Due to limitations on volunteer crew support, ARISS school contacts are delayed until early December after Crew 1 arrives at the ISS and completes orientation. Two schools, Scuola Secondaria di I grado Anna Frank in Pistoia, Italy and Tecumseh High School in Tecumseh, OK are tentatively scheduled for the first few days of December. The ARISS radio is in APRS packet mode and ham operators are interacting with the ISS through ARISS.