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March 23, 2007 at 9:35 AM

Simonyi to chat with Redmond kids, from space

Students at Redmond High School will have a chance to ask Charles Simonyi question via ham radio as he circles the earth on the International Space Station next month.

The question-and-answer sessions will be recorded and posted at an educational Web site tracking his adventure. He ought to let people download the recordings — making them the first podcasts from space.

Other schools participating include Fairborn High School in Fairborn, Ohio, and Cedar Point Elementary School in Bristow, Va., near Washington, D.C.

Simonyi will also be contacting students from the Technical University of Budapest, and he’ll be using his technical expertise and interest in amateur radio to maintain ham radios on the space station.

Tour organizer Space Adventures said this “work will include testing one radio set to isolate an antenna problem with the equipment and reprogramming the default settings on a second unit to correct a configuration problem.”

How many people would be willing to provide a little tech support during their $20 million vacation?

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