ARISS stands for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. ARISS has an educational "school contact" programme makes it possible for school kids to talk, from their classroom, to an astronaut or cosmonaut on board of the International Space Station (ISS). For that reason there is an amateur radio station on board of the ISS and most astronauts / cosmonauts are licensed radio amateurs.
In the near future an additional module, named Columbus, will be added to the ISS. ARISS will have a new amateur radio station in this module. The new station includes outdoor antennas for the microwave bands, that will allow to send a TV-signal up to the ISS (and back down of course). So soon school kids will not only be able to talk to an astronaut but also see him (or her) while talking and have a real time look inside the space station!
These school contacts are, without any doubt, a powerful promotion for amateur radio.
But all this costs money, building a radio station in space is not exactly cheap.
AMSAT-Belgium opened a bank account to collect donations for this ARISS project:
Please reference the transfer as "Donation Columbus" (+ your name or callsign if you want to be listed in the donators list)
Within the European Union there are no additional banking costs (beyond the costs of a national money transfer) if you use the international banking number (IBAN) and mention the international identification code (BIC).
If you have a PayPal account or want to donate using your credit card you can make a donation via the PayPal link at the right.
More information about ARISS: http://www.ariss-eu.org/