Palmer H.S. students preparing for conversation with astronaut in orbit

Hampden County

High School students in Palmer are preparing for a conversation with an astronaut in orbit Friday.

The signal from this high school radio station will reach 250 miles out into space Friday morning.

The Pathfinder Regional Technical and Vocational High School radio club students will talk with Astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, as she travels at 17,000 miles an hour, in orbit, aboard the International Space Station.

The students already know what they’ll ask the orbiting astronaut.

“My question would be, what kind of experiments that are difficult or hard on earth are easier on the space station?” Andrew Hurst said.

“They’re so busy up there, but they still have time to talk to us,” Lauren Tracy added. “It’s just a once in a lifetime experience. It’s insane, very, very cool.”

The antenna atop of the Pathfinder Regional High School roof will expedite the 50-minute communications window between the space station and western Massachusetts Friday morning.

Instructors told 22News it’s the students who have made this history-making event possible. They built the radio station which will enable them to speak with an astronaut orbiting the earth. 

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