- Sep 27: ARISS volunteers Darrell Wilson and Norm Thorn gave an ARISS presentation at the Vermont Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA. Faculty members, educators from the USC Young Scientists Program (YSP), and 91 third through fifth graders took part. The school will have an ARISS contact sponsored by YSP in late October. The youth engaged in a “gallery walk” of ISS-related photos such as ones showing ISS research experiments; students formulated questions to pose about these. They got on the air to ask questions of area ham operators. The youth handled ham equipment and antennas and learned how the ISS is tracked. They received NASA stickers and bookmarks. A teacher commented on the students’ high level of involvement, saying they were “totally into it” and excited by the upcoming ARISS contact. The producer of the USC Annenberg Media Center was there and plans to do a radio interview following the school’s ARISS contact.
- Oct 1: Sonoma County Main Library in Santa Rosa, CA hosted an ARISS radio contact for youth from Santa Rosa Middle School with Nick Hague. He answered 17 student questions. Over 100 people attended the day’s events and over 150 watched the live-stream. Media coverage was done by the Press-Democrat, the largest area paper, and an area radio station. The library staff had sponsored Star Parties and a city-wide STEM arts contest. They distributed information to thousands of people through packets going to all of the area schools and because of posters and flyers handed out the month before at all of the library branches. The area ham operators presented talks and gave area schools the ISS-Above kits and ISS-Above’s accompanying astronomy lessons plans.
- Oct. 1: River Ridge High School in Port St. Richey, FL has been engaging students in preparations for their upcoming ARISS contact. A StarLab planetarium dome was purchased and many of the school’s classes used it as a starting point for their ARISS-related STEM activities. This week, the StarLab will be taken to Hudson Elementary School for younger students. A MakerSpace Challenge was sponsored for high schoolers to build hand-held antennas to use in upcoming radio transmitter hunts. From September 17 to November 15, a “Spot the ISS” contest will be held for students to download the ISS Finder app to their phones, learn how to spot the ISS, and take photos of the ISS to display in the school’s media center. In December, students in Earth Space Science classes will work in groups to build ISS models. The school purchased two different food dehydrators for students to use, do taste testing, and track the results. Last week, space was integrated into movie night and a dance that featured a laser show of shooting stars.
- Oct 2: A school in the United Arab Emirates had a successful ARISS contact with the Space Flight Participant.
- Oct 8: Collège Robert Doisneau students in Sarralbe, France will have had an ARISS contact with Luca Parmitano and details will be in next week’s report.
- Oct 8: Alexander Skvortsov supported an ARISS contact for students at Amur State University in Blagoveshchensk, Russia. The ARISS-Russia team said it went very well.
- Oct 8: The Bampton School in Bampton, UK, will have hosted an ARISS contact for students with Drew Morgan. A report will be sent, including publicity garnered from the live-streaming.
ARISS Twitter followers at the end of September 2019 totaled 11,398, a gain of 1.1% over August.
- Oct 9-10: The Russian ISS on-board experiment, MAI-75, will downlink Slow Scan TV images allowing ham operators and other radio enthusiasts on Earth to receive them. Those receiving the images can post them at the ARISS SSTV Gallery at: https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/.
- Oct 12-13: A UK ARISS team member will give a presentation at the annual AMSAT-UK Colloquium in Milton Keynes, UK.
- Oct 18-20: ARISS-US team members will give a presentation at the annual AMSAT-NA Symposium in Arlington, VA.