- Apr 6: Students at Shaftesbury High School in Winnipeg, MB, Canada held their ARISS contact with David St-Jacques who answered 12 questions with a crowd of 450 people attending the event. Grade 9 students from nine schools in the Pembina Trails School Division came to the host school to participate. Media coverage was by CTV and CityTV, the Winnipeg Free Press, and radio stations CJOB and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC); the latter two carried on-air interviews. Shaftesbury runs high-altitude robotics projects and students do Mars simulation research with results having been published for presentation at the 2019 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas. After experiencing the contact, teacher Adrian Deakin observed, "Today, we have planted a seed with students." CBC quoted Gabriel Cohen (the center student in the photo below) as saying, "When I was in Grade 9 we tried to contact the astronaut on our own and I became a ham radio operator just because I really wanted to get into these things." The CTV news link is: http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1657036
- Apr. 11: École des Charmilles in Thyez, France hosted an ARISS contact between students and David St-Jacques; the event was well attended by an audience of 200 people including 170 children, teachers, parents, a number of city hall officials, and a regional deputy. Media at the event consisted of TV8 Mont Blanc doing coverage on satellite TV, Radio Mont Blanc, and two newspapers. School officials wrote: “Since September 2018, students have followed with passion the mission of David St-Jacques aboard the space station. Through this activity they developed their curiosity for science and humanist culture.” Two media links are: TV-MontBlanc - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG2pKOKAbRM&feature=share Le Dauphiné - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x75npnk
- Apr 15-19: Two members of the ARISS hardware team were at Johnson Space Center for the week for testing EMI and EMC and several other things on the flight-identical unit of the InterOperable Radio System. The team hopes to launch this new radio system to the ISS in late 2019.
- Apr 8: NASA’s annual report, ISS Benefits for Humanity, includes a section on education as one of the many ISS benefits. This section features a group of programs, and one was ARISS that included a link to take readers to ARISS’s web page. Also in that area of the report is an item titled, "Inspiring Youth with Science in Space" and if readers click on that, it takes them to an article about ARISS recently posted on NASA's web site. The report also had an item titled, "Spacecraft and Modern Technologies of Personal and International Communication Links in Education," which allowed readers to go to an article on the ham radio SSTV MAI-75 experiments from the ISS. ISS Benefits for Humanity is found at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/benefits/global-education
- Mid-April: The May edition of ARRL’s monthly journal, QST, contains a new column on ARRL Social Media that highlights the best postings of the month. One set of highlights was on best media coverage of amateur radio, and it included the article in Scientific American titled, “The International Space Station as a Teaching Tool” that talked about ARISS.
- Apr 15: Huntington High School, Huntington, TX will sponsor an ARISS contact with astronaut David St-Jacques.
- Apr 15: Nick Hague will support an ARISS contact for youth involved with Park County Public Library student activities and the Boys & Girls Club of the High Rockies in Fairplay, CO.
- (ARISS is waiting on reports from the two schools having ARISS contacts on April 15, and will report on them next week.)
- Apr 17: École internationale de Saint-Sacrement in Quebec City, QC, Canada, will host their ARISS contact with astronaut David St-Jacques.