8-year-old uses father's ham radio to connect with ISS, Nasa astronaut responds

Published on Sep 25, 2022 04:40 PM IST

The 35-second conversation between an eight-year-old girl and a Nasa astronaut has resurfaced online and is doing the rounds on social media.

The image shows Isabella who connected with a Nasa astronaut aboard ISS using her father's ham radio. (Twitter/@ISS_Research)
The image shows Isabella who connected with a Nasa astronaut aboard ISS using her father's ham radio. (Twitter/@ISS_Research)

An eight-year-old girl recently connected with a Nasa astronaut aboard International Space Station (ISS) using her father's ham radio. And the out-of-this-world contact made people raise their eyebrows, and their conversation was all over social media. Now, the 35-second conversation has resurfaced again, and as expected, it is gaining much traction on social media.

The conversation was originally posted on Twitter by the ISS Research page, which describes itself as 'Nasa's official source for research and science from the ISS'. It has now been reshared on Instagram by a page called Positive news. "Matt Payne, of Kent, England, shares his interest and passion for amateur radio (ham radio) with his 8-year-old daughter, Isabella," read a part of the detailed caption posted on Instagram.

"On Aug 2, the father-daughter duo made a call using their radio. To their surprise, the call went through to the International Space Station. On the other end of the line was Kjell Lindgren, commander of NASA SpaceX Crew-4," it added.

Listen to the conversation right here:

Not just Kjell Lindgren, commander of NASA SpaceX Crew-4, spoke with Isabella but also shared how he felt talking to her.

Take a look at his tweet below:

The conversation was reshared a day on Instagram and has since raked up 2.8 lakh likes and hundreds of comments. "Wow!!!! This was awesome," posted an individual. "My freaking heart so precious," expressed another with heart emoticons. "So cool! Ham radio is really an incredible technology," shared a third. "Brought tears to my eyes. Look for this girl on Mars one day," commented a fourth. "As someone who grew up with their dad as a HAM, this brought all the feels," wrote a fifth.

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    Arfa Javaid is a journalist working with the Hindustan Times' Delhi team. She covers trending topics, human interest stories, and viral content online.

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