Boca Christian students will speak with astronaut aboard space station via radio

H.L. Watkins Middle School students wait to chat via radio with Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi aboard the International Space Station on Monday, October 17, 2016. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

H.L. Watkins Middle School students wait to chat via radio with Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi aboard the International Space Station on Monday, October 17, 2016. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — Students from Boca Raton Christian School have the rare chance to speak with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station using amateur radio this week.

While the space station is directly over Palm Beach County on Nov. 8, the students will use ham radio to speak with an astronaut for a few minutes between 10:45 and 1i:45 a.m., according to school officials. Only a handful of school were selected to participate in the program, which is done in coordination with NASA, the American Radio Relay League and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation.

Students from H.L. Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens used ham radio to connect with Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi earlier this month. A handful of the middle school students got to ask Onishi questions about his career and his experience in space.

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