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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (carlou Chat Log)Hosted by Lou Carfagno of NASA

    at from asks:
    4/4/2003 1:32:22 PM - Room opened by Moderator.

    at from asks:
    Hello and welcome to the online chat with astronaut trainer Lou Carfagno.

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    Thanks for your patience. The chat room is now open and Lou Carfagno will answer your questions in a moment.

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    We are still experiencing some technical difficulties. Please stand by. The chat room will be up momentarily.

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    Thank you for your patience. We have everything up and running now.

    Jean Durrett - Teacher at Maedgen Elementary School from Lubbock, Texas asks:
    How long do astronauts train before they can work on a mission?

    they train in a pool that is 40 feet deep

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    Do you enjoy your job?

    yes it is fantastic

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    How long does the oxygen in a space suit last?

    12 hours but the limiting factor is the battery power

    Rebecca Delua - Teacher at Alta Brown Elementary School from USA asks:
    How do the astronauts drink water when they are in their space suits?

    they use a drink bag filled with up to 32 oz of water

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    What are you currently doing?

    I am working with the crew from STS-118 with Barbara Morgan who sitting beside me right now. she will be on Space Station next May

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    Do astronauts have to be a certain size?

    No

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    How safe are spacesuits

    Very safe they have have a great safety record

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    How long have you been an astronaut trainer?

    over 6 years

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Are there any designs on the MAG? Hana

    do you mean the diaper?

    Jean Durrett - Teacher at Maedgen Elementary School from Lubbock, Texas asks:
    I read your biography and am wondering if you plan to apply for astronaut status in the future? It seems like you would be a great candidate.

    Yes I am and I hope I am afforded the oportunity

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    How much liquid can a MAG hold? Clara

    900 ccc of fluid

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    We at Space Explorers would like to say hello to Barbara Morgan and wish her great success with her upcoming mission.

    Kevin Mentzel - Teacher at Space from Green Bay, Wisconsin asks:
    We heard you are training Barbara Morgan. Is she excited about her first mission in space?

    yes and she is sitting next to me right now. she was just in the pool for a couple of hours and I have been teaching her how to suit up the crewmembers. she uses a step stool to reach the suit:)

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    JoEllen Schuleman Roberts Elementary.... Do you have to go to space to learn how to train people to go to space?

    That is a really good question:) No you can learn right here on earth and then train Astronauts utilizing your expert knowledge.

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Ms. Morgan... how long have you been training to be an astronaut?

    She has been with NASA for over 15 years

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    Is Barbara anxious or scared about her mission?

    She is well prepared and ready to fly

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    What other items are needed on a space suit?

    You need tools, and equipment for that particular mission

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Good luck Barbara Morgan!!

    Thank you.

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Is it sometimes frustrating to work with astronauts?

    No..I look at it as a real challenge to help then attain their goals

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    How long does it take to build a space suit?

    It takes 8 hours to build a suit for a training event.

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    How much do the escape suits weigh? Delaney

    40 pounds

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    My students want to know... if you mean they really wear diapers?

    Yes they do. It is know as a MAG or Maximum Absorbancy Garment I am the engineer responsible for them . They wear them on the ground and on orbit where the Sky is the limit:)

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    Do all astronauts have to learn to fly the shuttle?

    No only the pilot an commander who are both military

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    How many diapers do one astronaut usually bring to space when you are on a mission? Hana and Petra

    we pack 2 per space walk and there is usually 3 space walks per flight

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Barabara, my students would like to know... what made you inspired t to go to space?

    She is going to space to educate the children and future Astronauts

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    Do all astronauts do space walks?

    no, only the ones that are trained for them

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    If the helmet make a fog when you breathe does the water from the fog turn into ice? Taylor

    That is an interesting question. We use anti-fog wipes to reduce the chance of fogging

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    what is barbra morgans mission

    STS-118

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    I was wondering if Barbara being the only educator astronaut for quite some time is she ready for some company from fellow educators

    Yes she is

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Who was the fastest learner who you trained? Petra and Hana

    They are all very bright individuals who know their jobs well

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    What is your favorite part of the job? What is the easist part of ur job???

    Getting the satisfaction of hearing the Astronauts thanks you from orbit. Getting up for work everyday:)

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    When you train the astronauts do you get very excited or very calm? Desmond

    I am usually very steady and get excited when needed

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    Have you ever trained anyone who later did not choose to go into space?

    No everyone so far has made the trip

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Doyou wear PJs when you sleep? Chengxi T.

    Of couse..all good Astronaut trainers do:) Everyone should wear them

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    When you become an astronaut, which position would you prefer- pilot or mission specialist?

    Mission specialist because I want to wear my own suit in space

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Did you train Lance Bass? JoEllen

    No because he was going to Russia but I did train Tom Cruise:)

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Ms. Morgan, when you come back to earth would you become a school teacher again in your old school? Geoffrey

    Yes and then I have to fly again

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Was working with Tom Cruis a nice expirience?

    Yes Tom was a really great guy who had some really good stories for us.

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    How many crew members are on Barbara's mission?

    7 total

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Do you wear clothes under your space suits. Emily E.

    Yes, you wear long john type gear with a LCVG or liquid cooling venilation garment to flow water and air

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Barbara do you have any role models or heros?

    everyone is a hero from educators to Astronaunts and including Lou my spacesuit engineer he has taught me well

    Kevin Mentzel - Teacher at Space from Green Bay, Wisconsin asks:
    Does Barbara like monkeys?

    yes they are adorable

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Ms. Morgan, which part of training was the scariest? Sophie

    It is not really scary because I have some really good trainers

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Are there any age limits on Astronauts? Dania K.

    no real age limit

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    Lou, other than education what do you feel are some other helpful qualities for a astronaut

    To have higher education and depending on the mission special requirements

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Ms. Morgan, were there times in your training when you wanted to quit? Petra

    no I love the job

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    Does Barbara know what type of experiments she will be participating in on STS-118

    She will be the IV crewmember to assist them in getting dressed for the space walk.

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Why did you decide to become an USA Space Suit Engineer?

    To make history and assist in making htis world a better place for everyone.

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Why did you decide to become an USA Space Suit Engineer?

    To make history and assist in making htis world a better place for everyone.

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Can you use a wireless cell phone from the ISS or the orbiter? Julian

    No they have other systems

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Do you work alone training a crew or do you have a team?

    We have a team of highly skilled technicains to suit put the crew and I am in charge to make sure it is a success

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Can you play games like checkers and chess in space? Rafael

    Yes you can with the help of velcro

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    When you were a teacher did you ever think you would be an astronaut? Clara

    yes

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    What is the name of the material you make the space suit with? Delaney

    kevlar, rubber type material

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Do they let animals travel to space and if so... do you train them? Duo, Rafeal, and Melody

    Yes we do and I only train the humans

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    My students would like to know how hard it is to become a astronaut

    It takes a lot of dedication and education. out of 3000 applications on 20 are selected

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    Do you have any collegues (trainers) who were astronauts?

    Yes, Janet Kavandi was an engineer for Boeing and I trained her for her first mission

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    What is required to be a trainer?

    A good engineering background

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    Will Barbara assist any in selecting the next group of educator astronauts?

    She will have some input

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Do you enjoy working with actors?

    yes they are alot of fun and very interesting

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    How many trainers are there?

    there are about 14 space suit engineers in the world

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Ms. Morgan, what is your favorite part of teaining? Sophie

    getting ready to fly

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    Lou,do you only train people for EVAs and assisting of EVAs

    that is correct

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    How dangerous is space? Chris W.

    space is a hostile environment so you need protection.

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    How long do you plan to continue training astronauts?

    until I become one myself

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Do the astronauts wear a swimming suit under the space suit when they trin in the pool? Aiano

    no

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    Barbara what is the major difference in training now and when you first started in 86

    you have much more knowledge and you are better prepared

    Linda Earls - Teacher at Ws Mount Elementary School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    what do you consider the easiest part of your job?

    the satisfaction on meeting my crew at Ellington Field and to thank them for doing a good job

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    If a student is interested in becoming an astronaut, what should he or she study in college?

    Math, engineering, physics

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Mr. Carfagno, when you were a child did you want ot be an astronaut or a suit engineer? Marina and Lalah

    No But I wanted to fly airplanes which is fun. As a matter of fact I will be flying in a Air Rally tomorrow morning with several other Astronauts

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Did you train the Challenger astronauts? Noah

    No was not here back then

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Do the fingers get shriveled up when you are in the pool for such a long time? Ross

    No in the space suit because you do not get wet

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Do you eat dehydrated food? Joey W.

    once water is added. We taste test the food every week

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    How much does a spacesuit cost?

    millions of dollars

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Ehy do you need to know math? Shelton E.

    yes that is a very important subject. I bet your learning algebra today

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    Thank you to all of you who submitted questions. We received many and unfortunately weren’t able to answer them all. Check back tomorrow to see an archive of the chat. Thanks to Lou Carfagno and special thanks to our surprise guest Barbara Morgan. The chatroom will be closing in ten minutes.

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    Barbara,when training in the t-38 do you as a mission specialist ever get to control the plane?

    yes

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    What happens when an astronuat get sicks in a space? Chris

    they have medication to take but most space sickness will pass within a couple of hours

    Jana Perkins - Teacher at Hommel Elementary School from Everman, Texas asks:
    Thank you Lou and Barbara. We wish you both the best of luck.

    From the both of us thank you for all of the great questions

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Which company makes the diapers for the astronauts? Hana

    Kimberly clark

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Can you play musical instruments in space? Rafael

    yes..in fact most Astronauts bring their own

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    Lou, since you do EVA training is most of your time spent at the NBL

    yes it is and some at mission control when they are flying

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Do the astronauts practice eating space food before going to space? Clara

    yes, they get to taste test the food like me

    Guest Account - Teacher at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Thanks Lou and Barabara my class says you both ROCK!!!

    We think all of you guys ROCK as well p.js and all:)

    Jeff Birchfield - Teacher at Iredell Isd from Iredell, Texas asks:
    Thanks Lou and Barbara, As a Educator Astronaut applicant I hope to see you both soon.

    Great we look forward to having you down here

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Ms. Morgan my class wish you good luck , come back safely and have fun and becareful and learn new things about space !

    Thank you,I will carry you guys with me in spirit

    Joyce Iliff - Teacher at Richmond Elementary from Portland, Oregon asks:
    Mr. Carfagno, my class wants you to have fun training the astronauts and we hope your wishes come true (we read about your wishes frm the last CHAT, and have a safe flight tomorrow.

    Thank you very much and remember keep reaching for the stars:)

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    4/4/2003 3:03:31 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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