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November 30th

ARISS Status November 30, 2009


Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contact
2. De Winne Speaks with Dumbleyung Primary School through ARISS
3. Don Bosco Institut Experiences ARISS Contact
4. ARISS Contact held with Katholieke Centrumscholen Sint-Truiden Students
5. ARRL Covers Installation of Columbus Module Antennas
6. ARISS News on Amateur Radio Newsline
7. New Web Site for ARISS-Brazil

1. Upcoming School Contact
Midvalley Elementary School in Midvale, Utah has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Wednesday, December 2 at 16:13 UTC. The school is using NASA lesson plan resources and has integrated the ARISS activity into the school curriculum at many grade levels. The curriculum includes courses in electricity, radio waves, physics and math.

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 11 – 30 19:12

November 29th

DQ11APOLLO Activation on All Bands

Space News

DQ11APOLLO is a special-event station of the Deutsche Amateuer-Radio-Club (DARC) celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon by NASA.

July 20, 2009 marked the 40th annnivesary of the first manned landing on the moon by the Apollo-11 mission. To celebrate this brilliant technical achievement of NASA, a group of space-flight enthusiast radio amateurs of the Deutsche Amateur-Radio-Club applied for the special-event callsign DQ11APOLLO. It was issued on July 15, 2009 and is valid 365 days. The station will be activated on the mission-dates of the past Apollo flights on all HF, VHF & UHF-bands using SSB, CW, FM and PSK.

PY4MAB – Sun, 2009 – 11 – 29 06:54

Space Shuttle Crew Returns Home after 11-Day Mission

Space Shuttle

Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven astronauts ended an 11-day journey of nearly 4.5 million miles with a 9:44 a.m. EST landing Friday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The mission, designated STS-129, included three spacewalks and the installation of two platforms to the International Space Station's truss, or backbone. The platforms hold large spare parts to sustain station operations after the shuttles are retired. The shuttle crew delivered about 30,000 pounds of replacement parts for systems that provide power to the station, keep it from overheating, and maintain a proper orientation in space.

PY4MAB – Sun, 2009 – 11 – 29 06:52

November 24th

ARISS Status November 23, 2009


Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts
2. ARISS Contact with Belgium's First Congress for Children
3. Bennett Venture Academy Contact Successful
4. ARISS Antennas Installed on Columbus Module
5. ISS Ham Debrief Held with Astronaut Michael Barratt
6. ARISS' Hutchison, Senior Australian of the Year Finalist
7. Astronaut Training Status

1. Upcoming School Contacts
Dumbleyung Primary School has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Thursday, November 26 at 11:51 UTC via telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. Students have discussed and explored all aspects of Earth and its position within the solar system, as well as the Earth's structure and how it impacts the way people live.

aa4kn – Tue, 2009 – 11 – 24 11:17

November 23rd

New Ham Radio antenna installed on the ISS


ARISS US Hardware Manager Lou McFadin, W5DID says that all the teamwork and effort to expand the ARISS amateur radio station aboard the ISS were successful this weekend when the new dual band 2m/70CM antenna was installed on the outside of ESA's Columbus module.

Lou congratulated the team, "This is an example of what can be achieved by volunteer hams working closely with a space agency. This antenna project was funded entirely by AMSAT-NA and volunteers who built the antennas for both an ESA experiment and for ARISS. I am very proud of all the teamwork and effort that has gone into this project."

PY4MAB – Mon, 2009 – 11 – 23 12:23

November 20th

Space Shuttle Pilot Set to Talk With Tennessee Students from Orbit

Space Shuttle

Congressman Bart Gordon and Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville will host a live conversation between more than 120 students and NASA astronaut Barry E. Wilmore on Sunday, Nov. 22. Wilmore is the pilot of space shuttle Atlantis, which launched Nov. 16 on an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. Members of Wilmore's family also will attend the event.

The live call from orbit will take place between 11:08 a.m. and 11:28 a.m. CST. Twenty students, ranging from kindergarten to college age, will ask questions of Wilmore and fellow astronauts Nicole Stott and Leland Melvin. Stott has served as a flight engineer and member of the Expedition 21 crew living aboard the International Space Station for more than two months. She will return to Earth aboard Atlantis. Melvin is a mission specialist and crewmate of Wilmore's aboard Atlantis.

PY4MAB – Fri, 2009 – 11 – 20 17:48

Space Station, Space Shuttle Joint Crew News Conference Tuesday

Space Shuttle

The 12 crew members aboard space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 7:13 a.m. CST on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Reporters can ask questions from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Kennedy Space Center in Florida and headquarters in Washington. Journalists from Canada, Europe and Russia also will participate in the news conference. U.S. journalists must RSVP by calling the public affairs office at a participating NASA location by noon Nov. 23.

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the 40-minute news conference. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

PY4MAB – Fri, 2009 – 11 – 20 17:47

November 16th

ARISS Status November 16, 2009


1. Upcoming School Contact
2. Italian Students Contact De Winne via ARISS
3. ARISS Contact Between Robert Thirsk and Montreal Schoolchildren
4. ARISS International Team Meeting Held
5. ARRL Web Article on STS-129 Mission
6. ARRL Letter Posts Two ARISS News Items

1. Upcoming School Contact
Flanders District of Creativity and the Department of Education of the Flemish Government have teamed up for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, November 17 at 13:44 UTC via station LU8YY in Argentina. The groups are partnering to organize the very first congress for kids in Belgium. A conference has been set up with keynote speakers and interactive workshops for 1200 twelve year olds. Dirk Frimout and Sijtn Meuris will give a presentation about astronomy.

aa4kn – Mon, 2009 – 11 – 16 10:53

November 13th

Students Send Microbe Experiment on Space Shuttle Atlantis

Space Shuttle

An experiment by college students that will study how microbes grow in microgravity is heading to orbit aboard space shuttle Atlantis.

Undergraduate and graduate students at Texas Southern University in Houston developed the experiment that will fly as part of the STS-129 mission. The mission is scheduled to launch at 2:28 p.m. EST on Nov. 16 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

"I'm thrilled that giving students the chance to design and research an experiment to fly in space is one of the tools we have at NASA to engage them in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," NASA Deputy Administrator Lori B. Garver said." These young people are our future, and providing an opportunity to inspire them is a major part of our mission at NASA."

PY4MAB – Fri, 2009 – 11 – 13 13:13

STS 129: Stocking the International Space Station

Space Shuttle

Besides taking spare parts to the International Space Station (ISS) this coming Monday, the space shuttle Atlantis (STS-129) will deliver the module antennas for Columbus -- the laboratory built by the European Space Agency (ESA) and host of two Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) antennas.

PY4MAB – Fri, 2009 – 11 – 13 12:52

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