ARISS will be supporting SSTV transmissions worldwide in memory of cosmonauts Alexei Leonov, Valery Bykovsky and Sigmund Jähn. Event runs from Dec 28 (11:00 UTC is the setup time) until Jan 1, 2020 (18:20 UTC when the system is scheduled for shutdown). Transmissions should be on the standard frequency of 145.800 MHz and in the PD 120 format.
The picture on the diploma presents the characters of three astronauts who passed away in 2019.
From the left side:
Alexei Leonov – during the flight with the space ship Voskhod 2, on March 18, 1965, as the first man went into open space. The walk lasted 12 minutes and 9 seconds. He made his second space flight within the Soyuz-Apollo program (July 15 -21, 1975). Under this mission Soyuz 19 space ship merged with American Apollo. It was the first ever merger in the orbit of an American and a Soviet ships. In total, three American and two Soviet astronauts flew in both vehicles.
In the years 1970–1991 he was deputy commander of the Cosmonaut Training Center Yuri Gagarin.
He was also known as a painter creating paintings on subjects related to the conquest of space.
He died in Moscow on October 11, 2019, at the age of 85.
Valery Bykovsky – took part in three space missions. For the first time he flew into space in 1963 on board of the Vostok 5 spacecraft. For the second time 13 years later – in 1976 he was the commander of the Soyuz 22 crew. In 1978 he took off into space for the third time – as the commander of Soyuz 31 spacecraft. It was a flight to the Salut 6 space station within the Intercosmos program. He died at the age of 84, on March 27, 2019 in Star City near Moscow.
Sigmund Jähn from the then German Democratic Republic was the first German to fly into space. In the company of the above-mentioned Valery Bykovsky and on board of the Soyuz 31 spacecraft, he went to the Salut 6 space station, on August 26, 1978, as part of the Intercosmos program. After a 7-day trip, 20 hours, 49 minutes and 4 seconds, they both returned to Earth on board of the Soyuz 29 spacecraft. He died at the age of 82, on September 21, 2019 in Strausberg (Germany).
ARISS plans to celebrate the life and accomplishments of astronaut, scientist and ham radio pioneer Owen Garriott with a commemorative SSTV event featuring images from Garriott’s work with ham radio during his missions in space.
Transmissions will be sent at 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php
You can apply for a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. See https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ for details.
14:26 UTC …today with the usual good modulation :-)
14:30 UTC low elevation pass, low modulation index -> low quality
Thank you for your participation in the reception of SSTV images transmitted from the International Space Station on 11 – 14 April 2019 to celebrate the Cosmonautics Day.
In the picture on the diploma one may see:
Yuri Gagarin – the first human in outer space. On 12th of April 1961 he made a first orbital spaceflight around the Earth in space-vehicle Vostok. Making a single lap took him 108 minutes. To commemorate this event, Cosmonautics Day is celebrated.
Crew of the space mission: John Young and Robert Crippen. First flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia began on 12th of April 1981, what is 20 years after first human spaceflight. NASA’s space-shuttles were used for next 30 years. In July 2011 Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Sandra Magnus i Rex Walheim went to the last mission at the board of Space Shuttle Atlantis – STS-135.
Alexei Leonov – the first human to conduct extravehicular activity (EVA), exiting the capsule during the Voskhod 2 mission for a 12-minute spacewalk. Leonov was also a participant of Soyuz-Apollo mission in 1975.
Ulf Merbold – first ESA astronaut in Space. He made his spaceflight at the board of Space Shuttle Columbia – STS-9 in the period of 28th of November till 8th of December 1983.
Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman to have flown in space. She began her spaceflight on 16th of June 1963 at the board of Voskhod 6. It took 2 days 22 hours 50 minutes and 8 seconds.
Neil Armstrong – Apollo 11 mission commander. The first person to walk on the Moon. Spoke the now-famous words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind“. This year we celebrate 50th anniversary of this event.
Above the astronauts and cosmonauts one may see: Soyuz-Apollo orbital complex (1975), first artificial satellite Sputnik 1 (1957), then space probe Voyager 1 – currently furthest from Earth man-made object. It was launched in 1977. It moves at speed 17,024 km/s, in the distance of 20 billion kilometers from Earth. The radio signal from the probe needs 18 hours to reach Earth.
On the right of the picture one may see Soyuz TMA-19M docked at the ISS. The russian spacevehicles are currently basic means of transport of people and goods onboard the ISS after the withdrawal from service US space ferries.
Below the photo of Yuri Gagarin there is a logo of Southwest State University in Kursk (Russia). It is one of the best russian universities which is going to celebrate 50th anniversary of origin soon. Students of this university, future engineers, built „Tanusha“ satellites and participated in other space experiments.
SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station are possible thank to involvment of many people – ARISS volunteers from around the world.
Greetings – Slawek SQ3OOK
ARISS SSTV Award Manager