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Baby monitor picks up shuttle

June 15, 2007|From the Associated Press

PALATINE, ILL. — An elementary school science teacher in this Chicago suburb doesn't have to turn on the TV for an update on NASA's space shuttle mission. She just turns on her video baby monitor.

Since Sunday, one of the two channels on Natalie Meilinger's monitor has been picking up black-and-white video from inside the space shuttle Atlantis. The other still lets her keep an eye on her baby.

"Whoever has a baby monitor knows what you'll usually see," Meilinger said. "No one would ever expect this."

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

"It's not coming straight from the shuttle," NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said.

Summer Infant, the monitor's manufacturer, is investigating the case, spokeswoman Cynthia Barlow said. She's never heard of anything similar: "Not even close. Gotta love technology."

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