- Feb 11: Huntington High School students in Huntington, TX recently won a robotics competition at The Patricia Huffman Smith NASA “Remembering Columbia” Museum. Their ARISS contact is next week and area ham operators coached teacher Peggy Albritton’s robotics team and mentored students in lessons on electronics, design engineering, and more. Students loved downloading SSTV images and made ARISS packet radio contacts. Peggy described media interest as follows: “This week, CBS-TV 19, KICKS radio, and Lufkin Daily News reporters are coming to school to interview students. KLTV/KTRE will live-stream the actual radio contact.” A story already posted is at: http://www.ktre.com/2019/02/09/huntington-students-make-radio-call-nasa-astronauts-aboard-space-station/?fbclid=IwAR0-UCIh0WnRFR-qnJOkyTWpxhJiESDgs126WWsorp-l0oxZfn2kudpRue0
- Feb 14: Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, FL hosted an ARISS contact with David St-Jacques, who answered 19 student questions while a crowd of 700 students and another 125 visitors listened. Sharon Hagle, who along with her husband is a future passenger on a future Virgin Galactic flight and founder of Spacekids Global Missions, gave a presentation to students. Attendees included the president of The League of Christian Schools, the Winter Springs City Commissioner, representatives from Lockheed Martin and the Step Up for Students group, and reporters from WMFE News and WESH TV. The school’s Facebook page live-streamed the contact (714 views) as did the Faith Assembly. Students had traveled to Kennedy Space Center, took part in space-related special activities, built ISS Above Raspberry Pi kits, downlinked SSTV images from the ISS, learned how satellite radio contacts work, and more.
- Feb. 5: ARISS was one of the CASIS Space Station Explorer (SSE) programs cited in Scientific American’s online opinion piece celebrating SSE groups and their visions for education. The article is at: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-international-space-station-as-a-teaching-tool/
- Feb. 12: ARISS celebrated a Social Media milestone – the ARISS Twitter account now has over 10,000 followers!
- Feb 13: Students at College Park School in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada had an ARISS contact with David St-Jacques. A crowd of 600 watched as students questioned St.-Jacques about his ISS activities; he answer 20 questions. A TV station reporter was on hand and the events held in the gymnasium were live-streamed on the school’s Facebook page. A good radio station web story is at: http://www.mylloydminsternow.com/29141/college-spark-school-makes-first-contact-with-the-iss/ A YouTube was posted by Prime Time News CITL / CKSA at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=synMdnK6iRE&feature=youtu.be&t=1m39s
- Feb 15-17: The Russian Space Agency graciously provided time for NASA On The Air Slow Scan TV images to be transmitted a second weekend because of low-power signals the first day of the previous weekend’s event. The 12 images highlighted the Russian and American space programs and were downlinked by students, space enthusiasts, and ham radio operators around the world. These people submitted 1,713 files the first weekend and 1,136 the second weekend, and most were posted to the ARISS SSTV Gallery at: http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/.
- Feb 25: Huntington High School students in Huntington, TX will have an ARISS contact with David St-Jacques.