January 8: ARISS-USA Director of Public Engagement Rita Dehart and a second member of the Tampa Amateur Radio Club staffed an ARISS exhibit table at the club’s hamfest, called TARCFest, in Tampa, Florida. The two described ARISS operations and activities with people stopping by the table. They distributed ARISS brochures to 32 particularly interested people.

January 11: ARISS distributed a news release announcing the schools and education organizations that were selected recently for ARISS radio contacts during the timeframe of July 1 through December 31, 2022. The groups were chosen by the ARISS-US Education Committee’s proposal review team after they analyzed the ARISS Education and Contact Proposal that all groups had prepared and submitted. To move forward in the processes of planning to host a scheduled ARISS contact with a crew member on the ISS, each group must develop and submit an equipment plan with the help of a newly assigned ARISS Technical Mentor. The schools and education organizations are:

  • Buehler Challenger & Science Center                         Paramus, NJ
  • Eaton Public Library                                                     Eaton, CO
  • Davis Aerospace Technical High School                      Detroit, MI
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Houston                     Houston, TX
  • Harris Middle School                                                    Spruce Pine, NC
  • Kopernik Observatory & Science Center                      Vestal, NY
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt       Nashville, TN
  • Canterbury School of Fort Myers                                  Fort Myers, FL

January 5:  ARISS volunteer Gordon West worked with a fellow commentator for Ham Radio Crash Course, a weekly online program, to develop a 10-minute feature on ARISS SSTV. The segment, which attracted 4,857 viewers, focused on how to download ARISS SSTV images. The talk covered the types of antennas and radios to use, good techniques for downloading SSTV images, and how to track the ISS.  The commentator offers a YouTube channel, also. He presented a You Tube video each day of the December 2021 ARISS SSTV session to guide people wanting to download images. His YouTube viewership topped 44,202! The commentator plans to present future programs on ARISS SSTV, so Rosalie White shared with him the following ARISS statistics from the December session:

Number of Educators and Students Voluntarily Reporting Their Participation:

  • Students, high school or lower grades = 277    
  • Educators, high school or lower grades = 348
  • Students, college or higher grades such as postgraduate or pre-service teacher = 310
  • Educators, college or higher grades = 685

ARISS Upcoming Events   

January 25 Quantorium Children’s Technopark, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia, ARISS-Russia Team
Week of January 31 Lewis Center for Education Research, ARISS contact, ARISS-US Team