From amateur radio buff to NASA’s go-to guy (Australia)

ABC News article about radio amateur¬†Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI¬†says ‘NASA considers this 80-year-old radio buff part of the astronaut family’

To NASA personnel, he is VK5ZAI. To his neighbours at Pinks Beach, a small coastal town in South Australia, he goes by Tony.

In his 30-year association with the US space agency, Tony Hutchison has been called upon to help in times of crisis, moderate calls between astronauts and their families, and run a worldwide schools program.

He’s shared a beer with first commanders, had barbecues with mission specialists, and watched the space shuttle launch from the bleachers at Kennedy Space Centre.

Looking back, it’s a life he never expected.

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