- Sep 18: Students at Templestowe College in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia held their ARISS radio contact with Nick Hague who answered 9 student questions. The auditorium was full. Over 315 students, family, and community members watched the evening begin with a talk by the mayor, then an ABC radio interview, and a discussion on astronaut selection tests. The events were live-streamed from the school and garnered 690 real-time viewers. Activity at the ARISS Australian ground station was also live-streamed for other viewers. A teacher wrote: “A number of students had nervous dispositions, so seeing them rise to the occasion and prove to themselves what they were capable of was wonderful to see. Their newfound confidence could be life changing, and that comes from the passion you [the ARISS team] showed and what you did for us. This was worth every hour and minute students spent preparing.” All 1,100 students had taken part in build-up activities over the school term.
- Sep 20: The Fort Meade Middle School Teen Center hosted Boys and Girls Club youth at Fort Meade, MD. They enjoyed speaking with Nick Hague, and he answered 16 of their questions while nearly 70 attendees listened. They participated in several ARISS activities and ham radio demonstrations, including a Slow Scan TV demonstration, and watched a fast-moving ARISS video explaining how the ham radio connection happens. Personnel from Fort Meade and Raytheon were present, and one of the latter spoke on aerospace careers. Several news reporters were on hand including the Baltimore Sun Sound-off and WNAV. Fort Meade Facebook’s pre-contact YouTube publicity got 698 views. Fox News (Good Morning DC) and Meade TV planned to interview youth on September 25. Youth are from Meade Middle School, Meade High School, and MacArthur Middle School. In July and August, teens had participated in STEM hands-on activities during an Apollo 50 “Moon Shot Celebration,” put together and soldered electronic kits, and did the Tomatosphere experiment.
- Sep 23: Youth at the Children’s Inn at NIH in Bethesda, MD, spoke with Nick Hague during their re-scheduled ARISS contact. Next week’s report will contain the details.
- Sep 24: Members of the University of Colorado Amateur Radio Club with the help of hams in the Boulder Amateur Radio Club in Boulder, CO will sponsor an ARISS contact with Nick Hague for youth at Northridge Elementary School.
- Sep 24: For an ARISS contact at a school in Plovdiv, Bulgaria--the cosmonaut will be scheduled soon.
- Sep 27: ARISS-Russia team has set up an ARISS contact for United Arab Emirates (UAE) school #1 with the Space Flight Participant.
- Sep 28: The UAE school #2 will have its ARISS contact sponsored by ARISS-Russia with the Space Flight Participant.
- Oct 1: Sonoma County Library in Rohnert Park, CA will host an ARISS contact with area youth and the community and Nick Hague is the supporting astronaut.
- Oct 2: UAE school #3 has its ARISS contact scheduled with the Space Flight Participant.