At 2.50pm on the 7th of December, students from Athlone Community College put their school, their county and indeed their country on the astronomical map when they established radio contact with the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbited over Ireland. With thanks to Amateur Radio, the school set up a temporary Radio Station on the school grounds, in order to be able to communicate with the International Space Station in real time. Students were given a narrow time frame of less than 12 minutes to converse with American Astronaut Shannon Walker, on board the ISS. This was an extraordinarily impressive feat, considering the ISS was travelling at approximately 27600km/hr at the time. Every student held their breath as they awaited a reply to their call, ‘EI1ISS (Echo India One India Sierra Sierra) do you copy, Athlone Community College calling, over’. Contact was successful as the Astronaut’s first words echoed throughout the school, “This is Shannon Walker ready for questioning over”.