- Feb 7-9: The ARISS team supported a booth at the Space Exploration Educators Conference at Space Center Houston in Texas. Booth staff included Kenneth Ransom and Erik Lopez from Johnson Space Center, and Joanne Michael, Ron Parker, Kathy Lamont, and Melissa Pore of the ARISS-US Education Committee. For presentations, Melissa spoke about her students’ STEM activities related to ARISS. Kathy and Joanne co-presented on best practices for working with the ARISS proposal form. Kenneth said, “Our team told their schools’ exciting ARISS stories to hundreds of passers-by, causing them to realize, “I can do this, too!” One educator said, “This sounds super interesting; I will tell my principal and get started.”
- Jan 29: Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society (LMARS) members who are on the ARISS team mentoring Orlando, FL students for next week’s Faith Christian Academy (FCA) contact sponsored a Teach-In for teachers and students. Sessions lasted 50 minutes and included hands-on activities on satellite communications, Morse code, how ARISS communications will work, and an intro to radio fundamentals. Students then talked over the ham airwaves, firing questions to a ham operator about a career as a NASA launch technician prior to retiring. In early January, LMARS members went to an exhibit of student projects related to their ARISS contact. On February 5, an ARISS volunteer brought ham equipment for older students to downlink ARISS-Russia Slow-Scan TV images. Teachers learned more about ARISS and satellites and even enjoyed trying Morse code themselves.
- Feb 1: The school, CEIP Nuestra Senora del Carmen in Torre de la Reina, Spain is scheduled for an ARISS contact in March. Students have been studying all about NASA science missions and other space agency projects. Seville news outlets posted stories about this, and the latest post is at: http://sevilla.abc.es/provincia/sevi-colegio-sevillano-contactara-estacion-espacial-201806290748_noticia.html
- Feb 8-10: An ARISS SSTV event highlighted the NASA On The Air commemoration as well as ARISS historical achievements. Images were transmitted from the ISS for people around the world to receive. Over 5,500 SSTV images were uploaded to the ARISS SSTV web page; some of the received images can be viewed at: http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php.
- Feb. 2: Amateur radio operators are enjoying APRS packet radio contacts again thanks to the crew swapping out the ARISS Packet Module. The unit had been launched on a November SpaceX flight to replace the unit that had been intermittent the past year and a half.
- Feb 5: ARISS-Russia supported a radio contact for the Gagarin from Space program at Amur State University in Blagoveshchensk, Russia. Handling the radio was Oleg Konenenko.
- Feb 14: An ARISS radio contact is planned for Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, FL with David St-Jacques.