- Jul 29 - Aug 1: ARISS team members staffed an exhibit at the ISS Research & Development Conference in Atlanta, GA, and in particular, engaged with students and educators on STEM Day. The exhibit was set up in conjunction with, and funded in part by, the ISS National Lab and Space Station Explorers (SSE). The conference enabled ARISS to coordinate more closely with SSE partners including ISS Above and Magnitude.IO. Team members got to chat with Serena Aunon-Chancellor to thank her for the ARISS radio contacts she supported, inspiring tens of thousands of youth and educators. She was told how hams loved her recorded greetings that the ARISS team featured in presentations at many conventions and conferences. She learned also that hams greatly enjoyed the general radio contacts she had initiated. She replied that she would love to do it all over again if she gets another chance to fly.
- Aug 3: Frank Bauer attended the ISS National Lab Space Station Explorers education summit. He gave a presentation on ARISS’s status and this generated a lot of discussion and ideas on how the SSE partners can work together on future opportunities.
- Aug. 2: Dhruv Rebba, age 15 of Normal, IL won the 2019 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Young Ham of the Year national award. His dad inspired him to earn a ham radio Technician Class License at age 9 followed by upgrading to General Class at 10. Dhruv began taking part in many volunteer activities at his local ham club, including on-the-air events and ARISS. He met with his Chiddix Junior High School teachers and convinced them to submit an ARISS proposal, and even suggested things they might write. The proposal was chosen for a 2017 ARISS contact with Joe Acaba. Dhruv is now an avid promoter of radio and ARISS at many US conventions. He helped plan the 2019 World Scout Jamboree ARISS contact. He joined ARISS’s Lunar Gateway team, is an ARISS Mentor trainee, and is interested in a career in aerospace.
- Aug. 1 - 4: ARISS team members from around the globe worked together to support another ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event with downlinked images from the ISS. This session featured 12 images transmitted to Earth that commemorate the accomplishments of astronaut Owen Garriott. ARISS SSTV events are very popular among worldwide ham operators, shortwave listeners, and the general public. This session was no exception with today’s count being a whopping 10,036 images that people captured and uploaded to the ARISS SSTV Gallery at: https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/. As always, people posting their images can qualify for an ARISS commemorative award certificate.
- July 29 - 30: ARISS-Russia launched an SSTV event using the Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 experiment onboard the ISS. Ham operators and other radio enthusiasts primarily in Russia, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia were able to downlink 961 images. Many of these can be viewed at the ARISS gallery website at: https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/ .
- July 20: ARISS volunteer Darrell Wilson gave a ham radio and ARISS presentation titled “Making Friends Around the World,” at the Mountain Friends Camp, a Quaker peace camp near Mora, NM for youth. He stressed ARISS international teamwork and the diversity of the ISS crews and their collaboration. He explained that hams regularly make lifelong friends from other countries while talking often over the air to them. After the campers got on the air using his ham radio, he displayed a letter written in Japanese characters that he received from a Japanese ham after having talked to him often over the air for years. The Japanese friend wrote, “I hope the children at your meeting may someday get a ham license and be able to share their peace and friendship with other people in the world with different cultures and languages.” The youth wrote thank you cards to the US hams and the Japanese ham.
- Aug 8: Students at Kyoto Tachibana Junior & Senior High School in Kyoto, Japan will hold their ARISS contact with Nick Hague.
- Aug 15: Luca Parmitano will support an ARISS contact for Loreto College students in Adelaide, Australia.
ARISS Twitter followers at the end of July 2019 totaled 11,058, a gain of 142 over the end of June.