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How can I participate in the Space Program?
You don't need to be an astronaut to participate in the space program. You can tune in space satellites with radios you can buy at your local Radio Shack store. You can even talk to the Astronauts and Cosmonauts if you get your Ham Radio license. This is because ham radio is one of the few hobbies you can take with you to the International Space Station. AMSAT, the Amateur Radio Satellite Organization is made up of ham radio operators who build their own satellites, and launch them as secondary payloads with various rockets that go into space. Contact the American Radio Relay League, or a local ham radio club for more information. You can also request an information packet by e-mailing newham@arrl.org

If you want to see who has been sending messages via the Packet Radio system aboard the International Space Station, click here for a list of Ham Operators via the International Space Station. All are identified by their Ham Radio call signs.

If you thought you were too young to participate in the space program, there is KidSat, a program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Another way you can really help the space program is by writing letters to your Congressman, and to both U S Senators from your state, and let them know that you want them to support the NASA Budget. NASA can't fly missions, without the funding from Congress.

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