ABC News reports chance encounters of the space kind give radio amateur Shane Lynd VK4KHZ a chance to help NASA.
Experimenting with amateur radio equipment had led to a rare position as a NASA volunteer for a central Queensland man.
Mackay man Shane Lynd was tinkering with his radio equipment 18 years ago when a chance encounter with space changed everything.
Mr Lynd made radio contact with Andy Thomas VK5JAT / VK5MIR, the first Australian member of NASA’s astronaut corps, who was on board the Russian Space Station Mir at the time.
“That sparked my interest,” Mr Lynd said.
He soon began thinking of opportunities for schools to link with space.
It was another series of chance encounters that took Mr Lynd a step closer to his goal.
He was invited to join Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), a project that helps students engage with amateur radio and make contact with the International Space Station (ISS).
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