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Sacred Hearts students make out of this world connection

Pictured:  Brittany Villoria, Nancy Rocheleau, Dick Flagg, Tiffany Shigeoka Pictured: Brittany Villoria, Nancy Rocheleau, Dick Flagg, Tiffany Shigeoka

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Students from Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu linked the International Space Station (ISS) with students in Quebec, Canada.

Nine Academy students used the NASA Amateur Radio Ground Station on the Waialae campus to create the connection between the ISS and Nuvviti School located 1,200 miles north of Montreal Canada.  

The contact occurred as the International Space Station flew above Hawaii at 18,640 miles per hour and lasted about 10 minutes. 

The Academy is notified when the International Space Station  is over the islands and has the opportunity to telebridge schools around the world to the ISS. 

The Nuvviti students asked questions of Space Station astronaut Dan Burbank. 

The Academy has connected schools around the world from Kuwait to India.  Nancy Rocheleau is the radio club advisor and coordinated the Academy's first conversation with astronauts in 1994.  Schools earn the opportunity to speak directly to the International Space Station on a rotating basis.  Rocheleau established the radio station at Sacred Hearts Academy with Dick Flagg an electronics engineer.  Flagg has worked in radio astronomy as well as with missile and satellite tracking systems.    

Since its inception in 1994, the Academy's radio station has participated in over 111 contacts, helping to connect people on Earth with astronauts in space.

The Academy's radio station is one of only eleven located around the world.   

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