- Apr 6: Youth from the 58th Hamilton Scout Group enjoyed speaking with David St-Jacques during their ARISS contact in Stoney Creek, ON, Canada. He answered 16 questions; about 100 people were present. News coverage of the event was by a local TV station and a newspaper service. This scout group “…provides youth across genders aged 5 to 26 the opportunity to participate in educational activities in keeping with the `Canadian Path’ program established by Scouts Canada.” The `Canadian Path’ encourages curiosity and imagination to pursue individual interests and skills and puts major emphasis on STEM activities.
- Mar 29: A detailed tutorial on how Raspberry Pi users can set up a ham radio Slow Scan TV (SSTV) station and receive SSTV images (pictures) from ISS was written by David Honess, ISS & International Education Operations Coordinator at ESA HE Space Operations BV in ESTEC. The tutorial, “Pictures from space via ham radio,” was featured in the April 2019 edition of the Mag Pi Journal. The article includes suggested station hardware, Raspberry Pi code to decode the SSTV images, and links to the ARISS SSTV web page. Journal readers are also alerted about the upcoming ARISS SSTV downlink event which is planned for April 11-14, 2019.
- Apr 4: The ARISS team wrote an item that NASA EXPRESS newsletter ran about the opening of the window to accept ARISS education proposals that could result in scheduled ARISS contacts. The newsletter goes to 41,125 subscribers and is shared with 114,174 @NASAedu Twitter followers, and potentially 30.68 million @NASA Twitter followers.
- The NASA EXPRESS newsletter’s fourth blurb was about ARISS opening a window to accept education proposals.
Audience: All Educators
Informational Webinars: April 11 at 7 p.m. EDT and April 16 at 9 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: May 15
- Apr 1-2: The ARISS-Russia SSTV event using the MAI (Moscow Aviation Institute)-75 experiment was a success. This radio event featured historical images from the Russian space program downlinked during several ISS orbits over Moscow and nearby areas to ham radio operators and other radio enthusiasts. After receiving the images, many participants posted their images at the ARISS online Gallery.
- Apr 10: Students at Shaftesbury High School in Winnipeg, MB, Canada are planning their ARISS contact with David St-Jacques.
- Apr 11: All at École des Charmilles in Thyez, France are preparing for their ARISS contact with David St-Jacques.
- Apr 11-14: ARISS plans to downlink Slow Scan TV images as a celebration of Russia’s Cosmonautics Day and international Human Spaceflight, including the anniversary of the first launch of the Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981. Ham operators and others around the world will download images to post at the ARISS web gallery for the public to see, and in order to earn a special certificate.
- 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.
- Apr 17: École internationale de Saint-Sacrement in Quebec City, QC, Canada, will host their ARISS contact with astronaut David St-Jacques.