Baby Monitor Picks Up Video From NASA

By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email
By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email

June 14

PALATINE, Ill. - A mother of two in this suburb of Chicago doesn't have to turn on the news for an update on NASA 's space mission. She just flips on her baby monitor. Since Sunday, Natalie Meilinger's baby monitor has been picking up black-and-white video from inside the space shuttle Atlantis.

"Whoever has a baby monitor knows what you'll usually see," said the elementary school science teacher. "No one would ever expect this."

Live video of the mission is available on NASA's Web site, so it's possible the monitor is picking up a signal from somewhere.

"It's not coming straight from the shuttle," NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said. "People here think this is very interesting and you don't hear of it often - if at all."

Meilinger silenced disbelieving co-workers by bringing in a video of the monitor to show her class on Tuesday, her students' last day of school. At home, 3-month-old Jack and 2-year-old Rachel don't quite understand what their parents are watching.

"I've been addicted to it and keep waiting to see what's next," Meilinger said.

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  • by Neil Location: Bainbridge, GA on Jun 18, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    There's actually a very simple explanation for this. The frequencies used by these video baby monitors are also assigned to amatuer radio operators (hams). A ham radio club in the woman's area retransmits shuttle video during missions and her moniotr happens to tune that particular frequency. The club is doing nothing wrong, since baby monitors and other unlicensed devices only have secondary rights to the frequecncies. See the following link for more...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2007 at 07:59 AM
    why is this in the news? signal interference happens all the time. maybe because people think she was actually picking up signals from the space shuttle with a baby monitor... uh no
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