- November 6: For their upcoming ARISS contact, students at Jovan Jovanović Zmaj in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia created a blog titled “To The Moon and Back” to showcase activities they’ve engaged in. One of these was preparing a collage of graphics they collected on music from classical to modern about space and planets. Another blog item featured photos of their events during 2019 World Space Week, including establishing the “Zmajevci Space Crew” whose crew members wore elaborately-designed costumes. The blog URL is: https://022tothemoonandback.zmajsm.edu.rs/
- November 5: Students at Private Ukeb School in Izmir, Turkey had a great time speaking by ham radio with Luca Parmitano. He answered 19 student questions with a listening audience of 400. The school sponsors a program that provides “an intense use of technology and science.” The ARISS contact was live-streamed. The YouTube of the contact is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGOFtGLgdD4 -- the first 10 minutes show very excited students and staff, and the last minutes have short statements by some students.
- November 6: A successful ARISS contact took place for two schools in Italy—Istituto Comprensivo G.B. Perasso in Milano and Istituto Comprensivo Montignoso, Scuola secondaria I grado G.B.Giorgini in Montignoso. Students spoke with Luca Parmitano who answered 15 questions with 950 people on hand for the event. A newspaper reporter covered the action. The contact was live-streamed by both schools.
- November 8: Several Nashua Area Radio Society (NH) members drove to Council Rock High School South in Holland, PA to help its teachers and students prepare for their December ARISS contact. A set of Pennsylvania students hope to operate the ham radios for the contact. The New Hampshire group, who had hosted an ARISS contact a year ago, shared ideas for hands-on STEM and radio lessons with Pennsylvania educators.
- November 2-3: ARISS volunteers John Kludt and Martha Muir led outreach activities done by North Fulton Amateur Radio League members at the Stone Mountain Hamfest in Lawrenceville, GA. A number of youth and educators and 150 of the general public heard about ARISS and radio-related STEM youth activities at a forum and during ham radio satellite demos. Two young hams who are sister and brother, Audrey and Jack, made radio contacts catching the eyes and ears of passersby.
- November 1: ARISS PR Committee Chair Dave Jordan distributed a news release as a reminder that a window was open for accepting ARISS Education Proposals with a deadline of November 30. This is for ARISS contacts to take place between July 1 and December 31, 2020. The release also informed readers that the next window opens in February. Distribution of the release went to various outlets including the NASA EXPRESS newsletter. ARISS volunteers supported a webinar to answer questions about submitting ARISS proposals.
- November 9-10: ARISS-Europe team members presented two talks at the AMSAT-DL Symposium in Bochum, Germany, which saw 130 attendees. Both days’ forums were live-streamed via the QO-100 satellite. One ARISS talk covered the new radio station to be launched to the ISS and insights into ARISS’s future exploration ideas. The other talk was by a German ARISS Technical Mentor on his support for three ARISS school contacts in 2018-2019, including providing the ham radio equipment and the expertise to ensure a successful radio contact. The talks were summarized on the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club’s main web page.
- November 11: Italian students in two schools prepared for their ARISS contact with Luca Parmitano, and details will be shared soon. The schools are Alcide De Gasperi Secondary School, part of Istituto Comprensivo Statale E. L. Corner in Vigonovo, and Istituto Comprensivo Di Pederobba in Onigo Di Pederobba.
ARISS Social Media
- November 7: ARISS thanks Johnson Space Center staff for their outstanding 35-second “NASA Knowledge” Twitter video posting, now with nearly 30,000 views, 213 re-tweets, and 1,072 likes! See it at: https://twitter.com/NASA_Johnson/status/1191807398203269120?s=20. ARISS retweeted it and posted a descriptive blurb on ARISS Facebook.
ARISS Upcoming Events
- November 13: Two Italian schools, European High School in Brindisi and I.I.S.S. Majorana – Laterza in Putignano will have an ARISS contact with Luca Parmitano.
- November 18: Students at Lakeside Elementary School in West Point, UT will speak with Drew Morgan.
- November 21: These two Italian schools will share an ARISS contact: Istituto San Paolo delle Suore Angeliche in Milano and Istituto Comprensivo Di Merone-Mons. A. Pirovano in Merone.