The sound of radio static had never been so suspenseful. After five attempts via ham radio to reach the International Space Station, a man’s voice suddenly filled the room at a Ronkonkoma school. “Great to hear you and answer your questions,” declared astronaut Jack Fischer. With that, a group of parents, students and staff at St. Joseph School collectively sighed in relief. The school could complete its sweeping, yearlong space project, involving students from Pre-K through 8th grade. The ultimate goal: interview a NASA astronaut aboard the orbiting space station, with help from a network of amateur radio broadcasters.