Naval Academy engineer Bob Bruninga has written software that will allow students to exchange eMail messages with the crew of the Russian space station Mir. Bruninga's software will allow anyone within a 2,000-mile radius of the orbiting station to send an eMail message via the cosmonauts' amateur radio system.

Bruninga sees teachers using the software to spur an interest in science among their students. "This would be like a chat room for schools, live via Mir, to talk about outer space," he said.

The software is available to schools

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