ARISS Status May 14, 2012


Topics in this report:
1. Farnsworth Contact Successful
2. AMSAT News Service on ARISS
3. ARRL Covers New ISS Ham Crew
4. Astronaut Training Status

1. Farnsworth Contact Successful
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was held between youth at Farnsworth Aerospace PK-8 Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota and on-orbit astronaut Don Pettit, KD5MDT on Monday, May 7. Approximately 100 students as well as some school board members and local dignitaries attended the event. The contact was simulcast throughout the school for those classes not present. It was held to complement students’ studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Additionally, local hams assisting with the contact increased their club membership from 30 to 50 members since agreeing to support the contact. See: for photos leading up to and including the contact. Local media covered the event which even made the