The idea of an ordinary person sitting at home and talking to someone in space might seem crazy. But devotees of ham radio, as such amateur communication traditionally is called, have been doing it for decades, ever since NASA astronauts began taking compatible transmitter-receivers with them on space shuttle flights as part of the Shuttle Radio Experiment, or SAREX. A 1995 Baltimore Sun article described Samuel T. Durance, a research scientist, talking with a group of middle school students—including his own son and daughter—as he orbited 200 miles above the earth on the Shuttle Endeavour.

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