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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (clifford09 Chat Log)During this online chat, 546 questions were asked by 12 schools. There were 16 adults and 37 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Rich Clifford of Boeing

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 03/31/09 at 11:25.

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Space Explorers would like to welcome Mr. Clifford 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!

    Rajan - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Did you like being an astronaut?

    Best job out of this world

    Eleni - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, NY asks:
    What inspired you to become an astronaut?

    Seeing Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I was 16 years old.

    Richie - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    How does it feel to blast off in a rocket/shuttle?

    The intial liftoff is very loud and vibrates wildly. It is quite a ride for 8 1/2 minutes

    Richie - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    What is it like in space?

    Freedom from gravity has its advantages. I can get in the smallest space. But, the bad part is if I drop something I may not find it again because it doesn't go to the floor.

    Mary Tierney-ley - Teacher at Rosholt Elementary from Rosholt, asks:
    have you ever seen a black hole

    Experimenting, using the laws of physics, and doing space walks.

    Brett - Chat Guest at W.S Mount School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    What's your favorite part of being an astronaut?

    Getting to talk to future space explorers such as you.

    Paul - Chat Guest at W.S.Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Do you think spacetravel is dangerous?

    Yes, it is. We reduce the risk as much as we can, but it is inherently dangerous. That is part of the adventure.

    Mary Tierney-ley - Teacher at Rosholt Elementary from Rosholt, asks:
    Has sapce ever affected you physicly or mentaly?

    I often think about that. I believe I have a better perspective on life in our wonderful planet due to my adventures.

    Mary Tierney-ley - Teacher at Rosholt Elementary from Rosholt, asks:
    Have you ever flown or have been in a Saturn 5 rocket?

    No, I was too young. My first flight was in Dec 1992 aboard Shuttle Discovery.

    John - Chat Guest at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, AK asks:
    What Space shuttle did you Like the Best?

    All of them. I flew on Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

    Bill Nutt - Guest Teacher at Great Meadows Regional from Great Meadows, New Jersey asks:
    How long was your longest time in space? What did it feel like to be away from Earth for that much time? (Alex - Liberty)

    11 days. It felt like a relatively long business trip with fun activities each day.

    Bill Nutt - Guest Teacher at Great Meadows Regional from Great Meadows, New Jersey asks:
    How did you get along with the other astronauts (Selah - Central)

    We are all professionals during the missions and training. It is fun working with the various personalities. We have unique skills which makes a very powerful team.

    Mary Tierney-ley - Teacher at Rosholt Elementary from Rosholt, asks:
    what was the most fun part of your former job?

    I liked the opportunity to try something new everyday and expand my knowledge. I also liked sharing the adventure with my kids and other chhildren.

    Bill Nutt - Guest Teacher at Great Meadows Regional from Great Meadows, New Jersey asks:
    What did it feel like to go on a SIX-HOUR walk in space? (Chris - Liberty)

    The view is fantastic, but we have so much activity cramned into 6 hours that I barely had a chance to look around. We get pretty focused on accomplishing the mission.

    Yiran - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    How does it feel like to be in zero-gravity?

    Imagine floating above the head of the person next to you. You don't even have to lean on them. You are superman.

    Brett - Chat Guest at W.S Mount School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Which do you like better: space travel or being a pilot?

    I love both. Each has its advantages. Space travel does not occur that frequently, but it requires the same attentio to detail as test flying. make a mistake and you may not return.

    Elizabeth&Amanda - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount School from Stonybrook, New York asks:
    How does ice cream taste in space?

    Frozen and a real delight. (unless it is the dehydrated version.) Then it tastes like wet paper.

    Japer - Chat Guest at WS mount from Stony Brook, NY asks:
    How doyou eat in space?

    A spoon is most important. The food sticks to the spoon due to friction. There is no gravity (force) to overcome the friction. Forks and knives are not needed.

    John - Chat Guest at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, AK asks:
    What was your job when you were doing the 6 hour space walk?

    We installed four experiments on the MIR space station and tested new tools and techniques to be used to build our space station.

    Bill Nutt - Guest Teacher at Great Meadows Regional from Great Meadows, New Jersey asks:
    Did being in space affect your body? (Gavin - Liberty)

    My leg muscles became weaker but I was able to walk after each landing. The body adapts relatively quickly to changes.

    John - Chat Guest at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, AK asks:
    How is the Mir station differenr from the ISS

    The ISS is an improvement in terms of power available, human accomodations, and variety of available experiment accommodations. MIR was very good, but they could not bring back significant mass. The shuttle can return over 30,000 pounds to earth if needed.s

    Ariel - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    How does it feel like inside a space suit?

    The best part is being your own satellite. It is total freedom, but don't let go or you may not return. The suit is a very elegant design and easy to use after much training. It is very dependable.ab

    Paul - Chat Guest at W.S.Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Can you bring pets into space?

    No. Only experiments like the spider.

    Yiran&Coco - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    What is your favorite planet?

    I sort of like earth. It has all the right stuff.

    Diana - Chat Guest at W.S Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Have you ever gotten hurt in space?

    Never anything other than sinus headaches due to the fluifd shift.

    Diana - Chat Guest at W.S Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    do you have any pets?

    I have a cat.

    Elizabeth&Amanda - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount School from Stonybrook, New York asks:
    how high could you jump in space if you were on a trampoline?

    Newtons laws are very evident. If is was to spring away from a trampoline or big rubber band, I would continue in the direction of travel forever until I have a force in the opposite direction. The force could be running into some structure or a rocket backback pointed in the opposite direction.

    Brett - Chat Guest at W.S Mount School from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    What spider?

    A Japanese experiment on how spiders buid their webs without gravity. I don't know the results.

    Barb Parker - Chat Guest at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, Alaska asks:
    Has anything ever hit the ISS (Zhenia)

    On my first flight, Discovery, was hit by a spec of paint for an old satellite. It cracked the window in the hatch. All space vehicles get hit quite frequently by miniscule debris. We build protection into the vehicles.

    Yiran&Coco - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Who is your hero?

    My wife. She puts up with me.

    Paul - Chat Guest at W.S.Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Have you ever been sick in space?

    Yes on my first mission. The human body adapts quickly and getting nauseated is a normal reaction to change that allows adaptation. The brain remembers and on my next two flights I had the same symptoms , but no nausea or anything else.

    Ariel - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Do you plan on going back to space one day?

    NO my flying days are over. Now I get the shuttle ready for other space adventurers.

    Barb Parker - Chat Guest at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, Alaska asks:
    I was just down in Florida and saw the space shuttle Discovery launch from a distance. What do you find the most interesting about a launch? (Zhenia)

    The fact that the shuttle weighs 250,000 pounds and we accelerate to 17,400 miles per hour in 8 1/2 minutes without a pause.

    Megan - Chat Guest at W.S. mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Do you feel tired after your space trip

    Somewhat. I don't sleep much in orbit. Free time is very rare. I use my sleep time to look at earth and do personal experiments. I can rest when I return. I had missions of 7, 11, and 9 days.

    Grace - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    what is your favorite food you can eat is space?

    I like to make fajitas. I use chipped beef on a tortilla and add salsa. It floats in front of me while I make it.

    Elizabeth&Amanda - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount School from Stonybrook, New York asks:
    Have you ever taken pictures with an infrared telescope?

    No

    Ariel - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Will life in our solar system disappear after the sun burns out? Is there another source of heat and light like Proxima Centauri that we can depend on in the future?

    That is so far in the future. I don't even think about that.

    Marielle - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    What do you do when you get sick in space?

    For nausea, use a bag if needed and try to stay upright. The symptons pass relatively quickly. Just move slowly until you feel better. It is a fact that the slower you move in space the more efficient you become. Very little energy is used to move or change directions if you go slow.

    Ariel - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Does space food taste disgusting?

    some of it only because my sense of smell goes away. You don't taste if your can't smell. My nose stopped working due to most things stink in a small volume with 5 -7 people even with our air scrubber.

    Brett, Thomas,&Alice - Chat Guest at W.S Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    if there is a super heavy person will he float in space?

    Floating in zero gravity is independent of mass.

    Bill Nutt - Guest Teacher at Great Meadows Regional from Great Meadows, New Jersey asks:
    What was it like being in the Russain space station? (Jake - Central)

    Visiting another countries space vehicle was an awesome experience.

    Marielle - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Did you write any books about space?

    not yet, but I have great stories that I share. I may write one some day.

    John - Chat Guest at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, AK asks:
    How do they get electricity to the International Space Station?

    ISS has large arrays of solar cells that convert radiation from the sun to stored electricity in batteries. We then use the batteries to power the entire station. Capability of 75 KWs

    Bill Nutt - Guest Teacher at Great Meadows Regional from Great Meadows, New Jersey asks:
    What are laser sensors, and why are they important in space (Gavin - Liberty)

    we use lasers mainly to measure distance and rate of change when rendezvousing and docking between two space vehicles. Also laser provides very high capacity and fast communication. Light speed.

    Ariel - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Is it true that the oxygen in a space shuttle comes from plants on board? If not, what is your source of oxygen in there? Do you have to carry oxygen tanks in the shuttle?

    We use stored oxygen in either high pressure tanks (ISS) or cryogenic on the space shuttle.

    Yiran&Coco - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    if someone gave you $100000000 would you change your job?

    I would have to think about that now since I have had 3 flights. Probably NO.

    Woony&Richie&Jasper - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New york asks:
    What are some flaws that need to be improved about space shuttles?

    The shuttle is a fantastic vehicle. Improvements can always be made to man made devices but there will never be a vehicle as capable as our shuttle. It is approaching time to retire the shuttle, but we will miss it.

    Paul - Chat Guest at W.S.Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    How do you take a shower in space?

    sponge baths with liquid soap on a wet washcloth.

    grace - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, NY asks:
    Does having more people with you give you an advantage, or does it just get more crowded?

    I didn't notice the crowd when you can access all the liveable volume. The shuttle is only limited by the number of seats for launch and entry.

    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. Clifford for hosting our chat today.

    Yiran&Coco - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Which medal are you proudest of?

    The medals my kids think are important. I had a privilege very few people get to experience. Medals don't make that adventure any more meanigful.

    Michael - Chat Guest at W.S.Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Before you became an astronaut, what was your profession?

    I was in the US Army, cavalry, avaitor, and experimental test pilot. Graduate of West Point and Georgia Tech.

    Michael - Chat Guest at W.S.Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    Did you ever think of joining the communication team on earth to help astronauts in space?

    I have done that

    John - Chat Guest at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, AK asks:
    what was the Battlefield Laser Acquisition Sensor Test?

    A Dept of Defense experiment testing accuity of laser sensors from earth based platforms while we directed the lasers to the designated ground sights when passings overhead at 160 miles high.

    Elizabeth&Amanda - Chat Guest at W.S. Mount School from Stonybrook, New York asks:
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for your interest in human space. Future explorers will have even greater adventures. If you really want to explore, give all you energy to get the opportunity.

    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!

    Diana - Chat Guest at W.S Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    How close have you been to the sun?

    ONly 160 miles closer than you

    Rajan - Chat Guest at WS Mount from Stony Brook, New York asks:
    what do you do now in your spare time?

    golf, fly, and visit my kids

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    3/31/2009 12:33:07 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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