To commemorate its 20th anniversary, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television (SSTV) images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800 MHz FM around the July 15-16 weekend.
“We are planning for at least a 2-day operation, but are working for a potentially longer operation,” ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said in an announcement on the ARISS blog page. “Note that all of this is tentative and may change, based on crew scheduling and ISS operations.”
The ARISS announcement pointed to the organization’s milestones and accomplishments over the past 20+ years, from its first meeting in November 1996, to joint operations on the Russian Mir space station, becoming the first operational ISS payload in November 2000, and completing more than 1,100 school and group contacts.
“We have touched the lives of many and inspired and educated countless students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math careers,” Bauer asserted. — Thanks to Frank Bauer, KA3HDO