- December 20: Students from two schools in Bari, Italy, Istituto Comprensivo Japigia 1-Verga and Istituto Comprensivo Caporizzi-Lucarelli engaged in an ARISS contact with Luca Parmitano. He answered 16 student questions while an audience of 400 listened. The event was covered by five TV and radio news outlets. Together, the two schools have over 1,520 students ages 3 to 14. Japigia 1-Verga is known for having distinguished itself in offering advanced levels of technology classes and projects such as coding and robotics. Caporizzi-Lucarelli has scientific and technical laboratories, such as for the atmospheric sciences.
- December 28 - January 1: ARISS-Russia sponsored an ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) session with the help of the world ARISS team. Images downlinked from the ISS to Earth commemorated Alexei Leonov, Valery Bykovsky, and Sigmund Jähn. Over 11,610 radio and space enthusiasts received and posted images that can be found on the ARISS SSTV Gallery web page at https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php. A link was provided for participants to access in order to receive an impressive certificate for their efforts.
- December 9-10: Two ARISS team members set up tables to staff an ARISS exhibit at the California STEAM Symposium in Anaheim, CA. Over 2,500 educators from all over the US stopped by to learn about ARISS as did over 30 students. Educators heard how the ARISS proposal process works, the educational interactive value, and the worth of adding an ARISS contact and related activities to STEAM curriculum. The symposium exhibit was worked in conjunction with, and funded in part by, the ISS National Lab and its Space Station Explorers (SSE) program. ARISS shared booth spaces with ISS Above, Magnitude IO and Sally Ride Science@UCSD.
- December 24: Frank Bauer prepared a news release announcing the historic transfer of the first ARISS Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit to Johnson Space Center. It is hoped that in Spring 2020, the IORS will launch on SpaceX-20 to the ISS Columbus module to support ARISS contacts along with several types of ham radio interaction for many people on Earth. The IORS will enhance ARISS educational activities currently in operation and those planned for the future. Eventually, two IORS units will be on the ISS; when readied, the second one will launch to space for the Russian Service module.
Facebook in December 2019
In the month of December, ARISS Twitter saw a gain of 230. Total Followers are now 11,864.
As of December 30, 2019, total Instagram Followers are now 119.
ARISS Upcoming Events
- January 13: Students will gather at Sayama Mizutomi Community Center in Sayama, Japan to have an ARISS contact with Luca Parmitano.