At first, the kids in the auditorium at Richmond Heights Middle School weren’t sure a they'd hear a voice above the ear-burning static.
Dade Radio Club of Miami president Miguel Garate kept signaling the space station.
“NA1SS, NA1SS, this is Richmond Heights. Over,” Garate said repeatedly, trying to hail the space station.
They had just minutes before astronaut Samantha Cristoferretti would be out of range.
A voice cut through the white noise.
“This is November Alpha One, I-S-S. I read you three by five,” Cristoferretti said.