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Canadian Students Call Astronauts With Hand-Built Radio

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Four students at the Humber Institute of Technology just completed their term project: to build a radio from scratch and call the International Space Station. You know, in space.


After one hopeful transmission, the team only heard static. A second attempt was met with a response from space lady Sandra Magnus, who, sitting 220 miles from the surface of the earth, granted the students a short interview. Spoiler alert: they talked about space, and how awesome it is ("very very" as it turns out).

The conversation with the ISS was the culmination of a radio communications course, and constitutes "a first" for students, according to their teachers. Unlike the legions of dedicated ham radio operators that hurl their call signs at the ISS on a regular basis, the Humber team designed and built the radios themselves. They haven't prank called space yet, so I'm declaring the project a complete failure. Check out a video of the transmission here. [Globe and Mail via Reddit]

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After watching that video I only have one thing to say:

Welcome back.

Your dreams were your ticket out.

Welcome back.

To that same old place that you laughed about.

Well the names have all changed since you hung around,

But those dreams have remained and they're turned around....