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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (brandenstein08 Chat Log)During this online chat, 404 questions were asked by 22 schools. There were 21 adults and 128 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Daniel Brandenstein of The United Space Alliance

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 02/19/08 at 13:00.

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Space Explorers would like to welcome Mr. Brandenstein as our host today. All of your questions will be viewed by a moderator. We will try to get through as many questions as possible during the chat period. Ask away!

    Rob - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    Do you have an anti gravity field

    No, we do not. You can only achieve micro gravity by flying a parabola in an airplane (about 30 -40 secs of 0g) or going to space (endless 0g as long as you are in orbit).

    Jovante - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    how many years of school did you have to go through

    I went through 8 years of grade school, 4 years of high school and 4 years of college. I also went through Navy flight training 2 years and Navy test pilot school 1 year. The neat thing is that you never quite learning, every new job and new experience gives you an opportunity to learn more. Unlike your desk top computer, you minds memory bank never gets full...like your harddrive.

    Kathryn Nelson - Teacher at Happy Hollow from West Lafayette, Indiana asks:
    Does food taste different in outer space?

    I don't think so, however some astronauts think food general tastes more bland.

    Julie Bliese - Chat Guest at Ravenwood Elementary School from Olathe, Kansas asks:
    Harker: How do you drive the rocket?

    The controls are very similar to an airplane and you can fly it manually or engage the autopilot.

    Julie Bliese - Chat Guest at Ravenwood Elementary School from Olathe, Kansas asks:
    Mrs. Bliese: Are you scared or excited when its time to blast off?

    I was looking forward to launching, but was not frighted or overly excited. We trained a lot and that gave me confidence that we could handle emergencies as well as the normal procedures.

    Diane - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    Why did you become an astronaut?

    I liked science, was interested in flying and being an astronaut and exploring space seemed like the best of both.

    Erik - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    how long did it take to get out of earths solar system?

    I never left the solar system. The Space Shuttle only flies in earth orbit. My flights were between 150 and 290 miles above earth.

    Julie Bliese - Chat Guest at Ravenwood Elementary School from Olathe, Kansas asks:
    Cory: How many controls are on the ship?

    Counting all the knobs and switches, there are over a 1000 in the shuttle.

    Josh - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    how long does it take to orbite the earth

    It depends on your altitude.....at shuttle and space station altitudes, it takes about 90 minutes to orbit the earth.

    Trenton - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    what did you do in space

    We tested new systems in the shuttle, launched satellites, retrieved satellites, repaired satellites, and did a lot of scientific and medical experiments.

    John Bock - Teacher at Chignik Bay from Chignik, Alaska asks:
    What is the maximum capacity of astronauts in the shuttle?

    The shuttle crews consisted or 5 or 7 astronauts depending on mission requirements. In an emergency situation, you could bring more back from space.

    Julie Bliese - Chat Guest at Ravenwood Elementary School from Olathe, Kansas asks:
    Connor: How do you breathe in space with oxygen?

    In the shuttle or space station, you breathe just as you do on earth because the cabin atmosphere is the same as earth. On spacewalks, the suit provides oxygen in the helmet that you breathe.

    Amante - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    Can you use a phone in space?

    During my career you could not. Today, they have some capability to make calls from the space station.....I don't know if it is a phone or a radio.

    John - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    what was your longest mission

    My longest mission was STS 32.....13 days.

    Courtney - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    What did you do on STS 32??

    I was the Commander, so I was responsible for the safety and success of the mission. I piloted the shuttle and also did a lot of medical experiments.

    Brittany - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    are you able to watch tv in space?

    No, we didn't have a tv, but looking out the window at the earth and heavens was a lot better than anything I have ever seen on tv.

    Tim - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    Have you seen garbage in space?

    No, no garbage in space.

    Julie Bliese - Chat Guest at Ravenwood Elementary School from Olathe, Kansas asks:
    Amanda: How much science and school do you have to have to be an astronaut?

    The more the better in science or engineering. All astronauts must be college graduates.

    Diane - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    What kind of medical experiments?

    They were all focused on longer duration stays in space and how you prevent negative effects when you return to gravity on earth. You don't want to pass out when you are landing the shuttle.

    ipek Tansarękaya - Chat Guest at ITU from , asks:
    What is your major job ?

    I was the pilot on my first mission and then the Commander on my last three missions. The Commander and pilot fly the shuttle to orbit, do any on orbit flying and keep the shuttle operating properly and then fly it back to earth.

    Mykll - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    How many planets have you been on?

    Just the earth.

    Jason - Chat Guest at St. Paul Lutheran from Grafton, Wisconsin asks:
    How did being in space for the first time make you feel?

    It was very satisfying because I had worked and studied long and hard to get there. Once there, there was lot of work to do, so I just concentrated on doing my job.

    Austin - Chat Guest at St. Paul Lutheran, Grafton from Grafton, Wisconsin asks:
    How much more do you have to exercise in space compared to on Earth, because I know that your muscles grow very weak in space if you don't exercise.

    On the space shuttle it wasn't as critical because we weren't in space that long.....we would execise everyother day. However, the crews on the space station execise a lot more because they are up there for months at a time.

    Morissa - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    IS IT COLORFUL UP THERE?

    The sky is black, the stars are white, all the color is on the earth and it is beatiful.

    Joshua - Chat Guest at St.Paul Lutheran School from Grafton, Wisconsin asks:
    Was it fun being in 0 gravity in the space shuttle

    It was a lot of fun, but takes a few hours getting used to it.........all your training is done in earth's gravity, so you have to learn how to operate in 0 gravity in real time when you get there.

    Kathryn Nelson - Teacher at Happy Hollow from West Lafayette, Indiana asks:
    Our fourth grade class would like to know what kinds of food you ate while in space.

    The food was all very good. Some was freeze dried and you added water to prepare it, others were thermostabilze meals, in aluminum pouches and some was right off the grocery store shelf, liked canned fruit and puddings. Also had apples and oranges. We had just about anything you have at home, eggs, sausage, vegetables, meats, pasta, and drinks of all flavors.

    Keiara - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    CAN YOU SEE THE NORTHEN LIGHTS IN SPACVE?

    You can and I have seen some spectacular pictures of them, however, I never saw them on any of my missions.

    Janice Hahn - Teacher at Whitnall High School from Greenfield, Wisconsin asks:
    What does it feel like to be in space?

    Neat, but very hard to explain.....sort of like floating in a swimming pool but not feeling the water.

    Amanda - Chat Guest at St. Paul Lutheran School from Grafton, Wisconsin asks:
    What was the most sucessful thing you have done in space?

    Captured, repaired and relaunched the INTELSAT communications satellite on STS 49. Took a 3 person spacewalk and lots of on-orbit flying to successfully accomplish this mission.

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    The chat room will be closing in approximately five minutes. At this time, we would like to thank everyone for joining us for this special event. We would especially like to thank Mr. Brandenstein for hosting our chat today.

    sarah - Chat Guest at st. paul from grafton, wisconsin asks:
    do you miss being up there?

    A little, but I had a very challeging and rewarding career and don't mind letting the next generation of astronauts carry on.

    Jake - Chat Guest at st paul lutheran from grafton, wisconsin asks:
    do you believe we will be on the moon again in 10 years

    I don't think we'll make it in 10 years, but I do believe we will be there in 15 years if we stay the course.

    John - Student at Wonder Park from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    Thank you very much

    You are very welcome.

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    For the most up-to-date and complete listing of future chat events, please check out http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/events/chats.html. We look forward to chatting with you again!

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    2/19/2008 2:05:57 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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