Getting a phone call from SPACE!

 Astronaut Jack Fischer works to untangle cables and cords on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut Jack Fischer works to untangle cables and cords on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

Starting in July, Gary Jordan of NASA's Johnson Space Center has been hosting a new podcast called "Houston, We Have a Podcast." The most recent episode was broadcast live on YouTube and featured a special out of this world guest.

Episode six, which was recorded Aug. 10, 2017, featured astronaut Jack "2fish" Fischer, who is currently residing onboard the International Space Station. It was the first live broadcast of the show.

"What makes this episode very special is it's the first time that we don't have our guest right here in the studio, let alone on the planet," Jordan said at the beginning of the show.

Next to Jordan was NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot, also of the Johnson Space Center.

Huot emphasized the magnitude of actually talking to somebody from space and even told a story of a coworker getting a cell phone call from the commander of the ISS just before a Soyuz docking with the outpost. It was a modern feat made more amazing because the coworker was in a remote area of Kazakhstan.

"It's really cool to live in a time where we have the capabilities to talk to somebody who is in outer space flying around [Earth] at 17,000 miles per hour," Huot said.

Watch the whole podcast below. Check out Fischer's twitter here.

Video courtesy of NASA

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Derek Richardson

I am a space geek who loves to write about space.

My passion for space ignited when I watched space shuttle Discovery leap to space on October 29, 1998. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, I soon realized that my true calling was communicating to others about space exploration and spreading that passion.

Currently, I am a senior at Washburn University studying Mass Media with an emphasis in contemporary journalism. In addition to running Orbital Velocity, I write for the Washburn Review and am the Managing Editor for SpaceFlight Insider.