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Schoolgirl Jessica Leigh Is Going To Operate A Radio Station So She Can Call Tim Peake From Earth

05/01/2016 15:39 GMT | Updated 05/01/2016 16:59 GMT
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 file photo, British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Anyone can dial a wrong number, but its not often done from outer space. Peake tweeted an apology on Christmas Day from the International Space Station after calling a wrong number. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

A schoolgirl who recently passed her radio exams to become a licensed amateur radio user is going to be the first student to speak to astronaut Tim Peake using Amateur Radio.

Jessica Leigh, a student at Sandringham School in St Albans, will be operating a VHF/UHF amateur radio station to enable her school to communicate directly with Peake, who is currently on board the International Space Station (ISS).

The talented teen will be establishing contact and managing a group of 10 students who will be questioning the astronaut on Friday morning.

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The students who will be talking to Peake

The Amateur Radio on International Space Station (ARISS) will be livestreaming the chat on its website at 8.47am, as the ISS passes over the UK.

The school will be able to speak with Peak as long as the ISS is in sight of its ground station.

Peake will also be speaking to nine other schools as part of a competition run by the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the European Space Agency (ESA).