Astronaut Can See Daughter's Love— From Space
Thanks to a little help from Hyundai
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2015 4:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 13-year-old girl has managed to send a message to her dad ... one that he could see from space. Sure, it's a publicity stunt executed by Hyundai, but it's heartwarming nonetheless. The automaker put 11 Genesis sedans and stunt drivers to work in Nevada's Delamar Dry Lake, where they created a 59 million-square-foot image visible from space. It reads: "Steph [hearts] You!" A press release points out the message covers an area more than one and a half times the size of Central Park. If that sounds record-setting big, it apparently is: Guinness has recognized it as "the largest tire track image" ever made.

A coordinating video gives a sense of just how big the message is. "Stephanie" appears in the video, which has been viewed 6 million times, but her father's identity isn't revealed ("probably because NASA doesn't take kindly to commercial promotion," quips the Verge). But ABC News reports astronaut Terry Virts, who is due home next month, has a teen daughter named Stephanie. The video shows a faceless astronaut floating aboard the ISS saying thank you to his girl—and showing an image he took of the message on a camera.