- Aug. 22: A last-minute crew sleep-shift schedule change resulted in a switch in plans for an ARISS radio contact at The Children’s Inn at NIH (National Institutes of Health) in Bethesda, MD. Instead of the radio contact, Astronaut Clay Anderson was invited to visit the children via Skype Video to answer their prepared questions, and he uplifted them. The NIH team along with Frank Bauer, and Melissa Pore (from the ARISS-US Education Committee) led hands-on STEM activities related to ham radio and NIH work, set up tables that allowed kids to handle and hear about ham radio hardware, and gave presentations on ham radio, ARISS, and NIH Tissue Chip studies. The youth received NASA activity booklets and backpacks. The NIH ARISS radio contact will be re-scheduled.
- Aug. 19: The September/October issue of Arlington Magazine featured an article on Melissa Pore, an avid ARISS volunteer and an engineering, cybersecurity and technology teacher at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA. The story told of her love for teaching and the hands-on real-world philosophy she uses to successfully engage students. She had managed her high school’s 2018 ARISS contact and students now enjoy ham radio demos and numerous STEM and ham-related activities involving among other things, soldering and integrated circuit boards. She stated, “They leave my class with an engineering design project they are proud of.” Some of her main projects are student-designed and assembled satellites. Melissa serves on the ARISS-US Education Committee and has represented ARISS at many STEM-related conferences, staffing the ARISS booth and giving presentations to educators about ARISS.
- Jul 23: The ARISS-Russia team reported that a successful ARISS radio contact took place for 50 high school students through the Gagarin from Space program at the Ufa Air & Space Summer Camp in Bashkortostan, Russia. Two consecutive orbits were allotted, one not long before midnight and then during the following orbit. They watched the ISS travel overhead and spoke with cosmonauts during the first orbit, and continued the radio conversation during the next orbit.
- Aug 20: The September issue of the monthly journal, QST, mailed to 160,000 ARRL members (American Radio Relay League) carried a 2/3-page photo story on the ARISS-International meeting in Montreal in June. The article covered meeting topics and highlighted the transfer of the ARISS JVC Kenwood D710GA from ARISS-Japan to ARISS-Russia.
- Aug 13 & 24: The ARISS Operations Team ran two successful tests, preparing for the upcoming three ARISS contacts to be handled by ARISS-Russia and initiated by the Russian Space Flight Participant from the United Arab Emirates.
- ARISS Twitter followers at the end of August 2019 totaled 11,278, a gain of 220 or 2.0% over the end of July 2019.
- Sep 3: An ARISS contact hosted by Kingston Community School in Kingston SE, South Australia, AU will be supported by Drew Morgan.