A Radio Enthusiast Called The International Space From His Backyard Shed – and They Answered

A British man reaching out to space from a radio in his shed – a hobby his wife hates and of which she has to tell their kids “Oh, dad’s in the shed again” – reached astronauts on the International Space Station after weeks of attempting to make contact.

The conversation lasted just 50 seconds and covered such riveting topics as the brightness of stars and the fact that space is, in fact, dark.

“He said it was very dark but when you look down at Earth it is full of colour. I basically asked who he was and how things were in space that day. It was such a rush,” said Adrian Lane, a former truck driver, about the communication. “I was buzzing. It’s not every day you get to talk to some guy out in space.”

Lane calculated the ISS’s route and was able to make contact when it flew around 200 miles above his house at almost 20,000 miles per hour.

With the mission accomplished, Lane will now likely commit a considerable amount of time to reconcile with his wife.