Rendevous with French Astronaut

Students from McBride High School’s Amateur Radio Club worked with NASA to establish radio contact with the International Space Station as it passed over Long Beach this month, speaking directly with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Students asked questions ranging from “Do you ever feel afraid in space?” to “Could you navigate the International Space Station with calculations done by hand like in Hidden Figures?”  Students from Rogers and Bancroft middle schools also participated.

At McBride, 15 students have earned their amateur radio licenses from the FCC and have contacted radio operators internationally.