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Reach out and touch an astronaut.

What do some students from Marshall, Michigan (below), have in common with the folks at NASA? They all want to find out as much as possible about life in space. But while NASA launches astronauts into orbit on multibillion-dollar missions, the Marshall kids simply telephoned astronaut Jim Voss (right) in Houston, Texas. Grab this chance to listen in on their party line.

Do you have questions of your own for NASA's astronauts? If so, why not call them up--in space! This year, three shuttle missions will be equipped with amateur (ham) radios. The astronauts themselves will select a few lucky classrooms back on Earth to chat with.

Even if the astronauts don't pick your class, you can still use a ham radio to listen in on all kinds of shuttle-to-Earth communications.
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Date:Jan 15, 1993
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