First pole-to-pole telephone call

First pole-to-pole telephone call
Who
George Morrow, Tom Carlson, Joel Michalski, Mike Comberiate, Claire Parkinson, Vince Hurley, Ron Ruhlman
What
First
Where
Unknown (The north and south poles,)
When
28 January 1999

On April 28 1999, at 10:30 am (GMT), the first ever phone call took place between people at the north and the south poles. It was accomplished by Mike Comberiate and Andre Fortin (both NASA, USA). It became a conference call, coordinated from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and lasted 45 minutes. Taking part in the call were: George Morrow, Tom Carlson, Joel Michalski, Mike Comberiate, Claire Parkinson, Vince Hurley and Ron Ruhlman. The participants in the call have the following affiliations:

G Morrow (NASA's EOS-PM Project Manager) T Carlson (National Science Foundation) J Michalski (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) M Comberiate & C Parkinson (Goddard Space Flight Center) Vince Hurley (Global Learning by Observations to Benefit the Environment) R Ruhlman (Reynolds Jr-Sr High School, Pennsylvania)

Other historic firsts by this team were the first internet link and webcast from the the north pole (27/04/1999), and the first time a piece of the exact south pole had been placed in the exact north pole, in commemoration of Earth Week.