- May 2-4: Bradley University in Edwards, IL hosted the final round of the NASA 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge, one of NASA’s Centennial Challenges. ARISS team member Dave Johnson took part in the weekend events. He was invited to be in the NASA Room to represent ARISS; he handed out information on ARISS and talked to people interested in the program. Friday was Education Day and Saturday was Community Day. Students from local schools were able to go to learn more about the challenge and about space technology, and to see some of the 3-D space technology at work first-hand. The NASA Room hosted 270 junior high students, 240 high school students, and 800 people from the general public.
- Apr 25: A news story aired on the WWTV-Channel 9 & 10 and was posted online regarding the Traverse Area District Library’s staff sponsoring an upcoming ARISS contact in Traverse City, MI. The contact will occur in late June. The library staff is working on hands-on activities and their summer reading club has the theme, “A Universe of Stories.” Area ham radio operators from the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club are building the antennas to be used for the ARISS contact.
- May 3: An ARISS contact was attempted by Mildred Hall School in Yellowknife, NT, Canada with David St-Jacques. The contact was unsuccessful due to a technical problem on the ground that is currently being investigated. Work is in process to reschedule the contact. A radio station posted an online story about the effort along with STEM lessons involving a robot; the link is:
- May 7: Moriah Central School in Port Henry, NY was scheduled for an ARISS contact but it was bumped because the SpaceX launch slipped a day. Work proceeds on re-scheduling this contact.
ARISS Social Media - April 2019
- ARISS Facebook Page Report
(Spikes were due to interest in the SSTV Cosmonautics Day events and the passing of astronaut Owen Garriott.)
- ARISS Twitter followers at the end of April totaled 10,607, a gain of over 2% from the end of March.
- Two ARISS contacts are to be re-scheduled, as described above.