In the last live transmission from NASA, a call from Argentina slipped into the communications of the International Space Station (ISS) at the precise moment when a couple of cosmonauts were carrying out a space walk.
In the video you can hear the voice of a citizen with an Argentine accent asking for an address: “150, you said, from Irigoyen?”.
Immediately, the broadcast commentators uttered “hot mic” to warn the Russian crew members, Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Petelinwho had the intercom on while carrying out their tasks in space.
A radio taxi from Argentina?
Although the origin of the call is not known exactly, it is very likely that the message came from a call from an Argentine radiotaxi, a form of communication in which users call a central to request a formal taxi.
And it is that, precisely, at those moments, the orbit of the ISS was above the South American country.
walks on the ISS
Beyond the anecdote, Prokopyev and Petelin completed their objectives, which included relocating a radiator from the Rassvet module to the Nauka module (Russian segment) while being assisted by cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev.
This was the fourth spacewalk for Prokopyev and the second for Petelin. Likewise, it is the third operation of this type to be carried out so far in 2023, indicates the US space agency.