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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (clifford2007 Chat Log)During this online chat, 444 questions were asked by 16 schools. There were 29 adults and 99 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Rich Clifford of Boeing

    Mary Warner - Guest Teacher at George Gilson Junior High Scho from Valdez, Alaska asks:
    Student Nate asks "do you believe that we will colonize in space?"

    I believe that is the logical extension of exploration

    Nolan J. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What space sutute did you go on?

    I flew on Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

    Tamara Opalek - Teacher at Bowling Green Elementary Schoo from Bowling Green, Florida asks:
    How heavy or uncomfortable is your spacesuit?

    The launch and entry suit weighs about 50 lbs and is uncomfortable, The suit for space walks weighs over 180 lbs, but weight means nothing without gravity.

    Princess - Chat Guest at Ripley Elem from Ripley, Tennessee asks:
    Have you ever seen a meteor shower in space?

    Yes. It was impressive, but not nearly as beautiful as the southern aurora.

    Student - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    How long is it possible to stay in space with out damaging their body from no gravity until you come back to earth?

    The answer is not clear. Some have stayed over 365 days with little or no effects after return to gravity. Exercise proves to be the key ingrediant in sustaining lower body muscle capability

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 01/31/07 at 12:30.

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

    Shanice W. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What is the best thing about being an astronaut?

    The experience of space travel and the great people I get to work with

    Dorian G. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What is the face-shield on your helmet made out of?

    The EVA suit face shield is lexan (plastic).

    Tamara Opalek - Teacher at Bowling Green Elementary Schoo from Bowling Green, Florida asks:
    How do you cook your food?

    We use hot water, or an oven that acts like a hot plate.

    Tamara Opalek - Teacher at Bowling Green Elementary Schoo from Bowling Green, Florida asks:
    Do astronauts get paid to go into space?

    No special bonus. Just the thrill of it.

    Heidi Sutter - Teacher at Chistochina Elementary School from Gakona, Alaska asks:
    Have you been to the moon? (Jaden)

    Not yet. The last time someone was on the moon was 1971.

    Student - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Did you ever want to be something else before being an astronaunt?

    I initially wanted to be a chemist until I saw Armstrong walk on the moon. Then I wanted to be a test pilot and eventually an astronaut

    Asia B. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    How did you become the Director of Technology Development for the International Space Station Program at the Boeing Company?

    The Boeing Company offered me a job that allowed me to continue with the human space programs

    Simeon S. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    what was your happiest moment in space?

    Reaching orbit the first time and my first look at a sunrise/set from orbit

    Mary Warner - Guest Teacher at George Gilson Junior High Scho from Valdez, Alaska asks:
    Student Charles from Gilson Junior High school in Valdez, Alaska asks what do you have to do to be an astronaut?

    Be good in science/math and have diversified skills. This means be good at a wide variety of skills

    Matt F. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What does it feel like have all those G's thrust upon you during the launch?

    Launch is exciting. The vibrations and noise are more impressive than the g force. That is until the last 30 seconds when the g force is 3. It is pretty constraining.

    Tamara Opalek - Teacher at Bowling Green Elementary Schoo from Bowling Green, Florida asks:
    What experiments do you do in space?

    I launched satellites, operated a space based imaging radar, performed space walks, and many other activities

    Tamara Opalek - Teacher at Bowling Green Elementary Schoo from Bowling Green, Florida asks:
    How do you drink water if it starts to float?

    WE drink from sealed bags through straws.

    Heidi Sutter - Teacher at Chistochina Elementary School from Gakona, Alaska asks:
    What is the food like that you eat in space? How does it taste?

    Our food is much like we have on earth. Some is dehydrated, some freash, some like lean cuisine. The taste is the same becasue we are in an air atmosphere within the shuttle.

    Monique D. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Which mission do you think was the hardest and enjoyed the most?

    The hardest was STS-76. We had to dock with the MIR station, transfer 2000 lbs of supplies, operate experiments, and do a space walk. It was also the most fun.

    Brigitta - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Did you ever go on a spacewalk? if so, for how long?

    One walk of 6 hours on STS-76

    Elizabeth - Chat Guest at Spencer Elementary from Brighton, MI asks:
    What is the temperature in space on the dark side of the Earth and the lighted side of the Earth?

    about 240F in the sunlight and minus 200F in the shade

    Heidi Sutter - Teacher at Chistochina Elementary School from Gakona, Alaska asks:
    How long were you in space for? (Emily)

    Total of 27 days over 3 shuttle flights

    bonnie meinzer - Chat Guest at North Woods International from La Crosse, WI asks:
    How long did it take for you to get used to weighlessness?

    The first mission took a little over 18 hours to get comfortable. My next 2 flights I adapted immediately. Been there - done that

    Tressy Crutchfield - Teacher at Ripley Elementary School from Ripley, Tennessee asks:
    How fast does the rocket go?

    We change our velocity (speed) by 17, 500 miles per hour. 5 miles per secong over the ground

    Tomas N. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you think it is at all posibble that the moon could have once had life like Earth?

    No. The moon never had an atmosphere which makes earth unique.

    Suzanne Johnson - Teacher at Hayes Elementary from Enid, Oklahoma asks:
    Clay asks: What is the altitude that you start floating?

    We orbit anywhere from 100-350 miles. The height is not important. It is the orbital speed that allows the space vehicle to essentially free fall around the earth.

    Heidi Sutter - Teacher at Chistochina Elementary School from Gakona, Alaska asks:
    How does it feel when you are taking off in the space shuttle? (Bjorn)

    Lots of noise, vibration, and intense watching of the computer screens

    Lori Schilling - Guest Teacher at Spring Hill Elementary from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    What is the toughest part about your job?

    The long hours away from family during a 12 month training protocal

    Zach R. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Is it hard to adapt to 0 gravity?

    No. I just have to get rid of excess fluids because the leg muscles are not required

    Zach R. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Have you ever got sick while in space?

    Yes. Adapting to zero g on the first mission. I was nauseous for about 8 hours, but it didn't stop my activities

    Tressy Crutchfield - Teacher at Ripley Elementary School from Ripley, Tennessee asks:
    Who is your idol?

    John Young is my hero

    Crista S. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What is it like to sleep standing up in the sleeping bagss

    There is no standing in space. I just float when I sleep

    Mary Warner - Guest Teacher at George Gilson Junior High Scho from Valdez, Alaska asks:
    Student Alisha asks "Does space food taste good?"

    Yes. It is just like the food we eat daily on earth, just packaged differently

    Suzanne Johnson - Teacher at Hayes Elementary from Enid, Oklahoma asks:
    DeLancey: How long would it take to get to the moon and back?

    The round trip takes 3 - 4 days. Apollo 13 movie was accurate

    Carissa - Chat Guest at Tanana middle school from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Has an astronuat ever developed a virual affection while being in space? Or could it have been carried from earth?

    I don't recall anyone with a viral infection. It could happen though

    Logan K. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What was the longest time you were in space????

    11 days on STS-59

    John - Chat Guest at Baxter Community School from Baxter, Iowa asks:
    What are you most proud of that you have done on your job?

    Not easy to single out just one item. I enjoyed all aspects of the missions

    Heidi Sutter - Teacher at Chistochina Elementary School from Gakona, Alaska asks:
    Did you communicate with your family while you were in space? If so, how?

    Yes. Using a ham radio connection to a earth telephone line and they also came to mission control center for a private two way video conference.

    Kaylee L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you have any spare time in space?

    Only during designated sleep periods. I din't sleep much because that was the only opportunity to look out the windows

    Shanice W. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Have you ever had to come home early, from space, because of technical difficulties?

    No. Each mission actually extended one day due to landing weather

    Clay - Chat Guest at Hayes Elementary from Enid, OK asks:
    have you flew any type of aircraft.

    I am a helicopter and fixed wing pilot. I have flown over 60 different aircraft from jets to propeller driven to helos.

    Tamara Opalek - Guest Teacher at Bowling Green Elementary Schoo from Bowling Green, Florida asks:
    How does space affect astronaut's circulatory systems or bone mass?

    Studies have shown bone mass loss on long duration missions. The circulatory system works quite well.

    bonnie meinzer - Chat Guest at North Woods International from La Crosse, WI asks:
    Were you scared at liftoff?

    Not really. I was prepared and I had done riskier things during test flights

    Tamara Opalek - Guest Teacher at Bowling Green Elementary Schoo from Bowling Green, Florida asks:
    Do astronauts come from diverse educational backgrounds or predominately math/physics backgrounds?

    Diverse backgrounds. The key is science/engineering/medical.

    Logan K. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    when do you think we will be able to live on the moon

    We should be back on the moon by 2016 with permanently manned communities by 2020

    Matt F. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    How long did you spend in space training?

    each mission has a 9-15 month training template depending on the mission requirements. Prior to mission assignment is a one year training program for new astronauts

    Princess - Chat Guest at Ripley Elem from Ripley, Tennessee asks:
    What was your favorite mission?

    all of them

    Heidi Sutter - Teacher at Chistochina Elementary School from Gakona, Alaska asks:
    How do you pilot a space shuttle? (Bjorn)

    In the atmosphere on entry we use standard flight controls (digital) In orbit we type directions to the computer which then determines what maneuvering rockets to fire.

    bonnie meinzer - Chat Guest at North Woods International from La Crosse, WI asks:
    What did it look like in space???

    Realy dark at night. The earth views are tremendous.

    Carissa - Chat Guest at Tanana middle school from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    At what age were you, when you decided you wanted to pursue this career?

    16

    Zach R. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What is your favorite planet?

    I love the earth for what it provides.

    bonnie meinzer - Chat Guest at North Woods International from La Crosse, WI asks:
    What did it feel like when you came out of the atmosphere??

    The flight becomes very smooth becasue there is no drag force due to the atmosphere

    Tressy Crutchfield - Teacher at Ripley Elementary School from Ripley, Tennessee asks:
    If you want to be an astronaut how old do you have to be?

    No specified age. Most get selected in their 30's because we have some proven experience to compare

    Clay - Chat Guest at Hayes Elementary from Enid, OK asks:
    do you like P-51 's

    Great airplane. I only got to fly one for 15 minutes

    Crista S. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What happens if water gets in the spaceship?

    The water either adheres to a surface (like a mirror) or it forms in perfect spheres. Use a towel to wipe it up of catch the balls.

    Mary Warner - Guest Teacher at George Gilson Junior High Scho from Valdez, Alaska asks:
    Student from Gilson Junior High School in Valdez, Alaska asks 'What is the monetary value of the ISS?

    The cost of the ISS, a remarkable vehicle, exceeds $35Billion

    Heidi Sutter - Teacher at Chistochina Elementary School from Gakona, Alaska asks:
    How many planets have you seen form orbit? (Emily)

    5 at various times

    Tomas N. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Could Mars once have had an atmosphere like Earth?

    Research indicates no

    Elizabeth Larwa - Chat Guest at Spencer Elementary from Brighton, MI asks:
    How do astronauts on the ISS handle washing clothes?

    They don't. We all stink up there. Sponge baths are the way we clean.

    Monique D. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    If you had a choice to live on any planet besides earth, which planet would it be?

    No where but earth for me. Visits to other planets only.

    Zach R. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Have you ever traveled with a monkey on a mission?

    No

    Logan K. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    do you like to `eat space food

    My favorite is barbeque beef wrapped ina tortilla.

    Mary Warner - Guest Teacher at George Gilson Junior High Scho from Valdez, Alaska asks:
    How do the astronauts know when it is day or night?

    When the sun is up it is day. We see 16 sunrise/sets every 24 hours

    Heidi Sutter - Teacher at Chistochina Elementary School from Gakona, Alaska asks:
    How do you put your spacesuit on? (Bjorn)

    It is difficult without gravity. Somehow I have to get restrained to pull on the suit,

    Tamara Opalek - Guest Teacher at Bowling Green Elementary Schoo from Bowling Green, Florida asks:
    Does space affect the amount of water in food ie:waffle and does anti-gravity affect the digestive system for astronauts?

    Not really.

    Tressy Crutchfield - Teacher at Ripley Elementary School from Ripley, Tennessee asks:
    What is the strangest thing you've ever seen in space?

    The southern aurora is unbelievable.

    Elizabeth - Chat Guest at Spencer Elementary from Brighton, MI asks:
    If you are in space during a holiday, do you celebrate it?

    Depends if we have time.

    Heidi Sutter - Teacher at Chistochina Elementary School from Gakona, Alaska asks:
    Thank you very much for your time Mr. Clifford. We really enjoyed this chat with you!

    Great questions. Do the best you can at whatever you do and be happy. If you are not happy, find something else to do.

    Kaylee L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Are any of your five sences weakened in space? if so, which?

    Smell tends to disappear because everything stinks. The accomodation is to not smell

    Matt F. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What's your least favorite space food?

    Russian meats and fish. Absolutely unedible

    Logan K. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    what do you think the next planet we will live on?

    Mars

    Steven T. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What happens when air leaks from the space ship?

    Everyone gets rather excited to plug the leak. WE need the air to breathe.

    Matt F. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What was your favorite training exercise?

    Motion based simulations.

    Clay - Chat Guest at Hayes Elementary from Enid, OK asks:
    do you lose a lot of weight in space?

    Unfortunately no. I tended to eat a lot. The snacks were everywhere

    Logan K. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    how do you go to the bathroom in space?

    We essentially have what you can call vacuum. Connect the hose and turn it on.

    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 Rich Clifford for hosting our chat today.

    Tressy Crutchfield - Teacher at Ripley Elementary School from Ripley, Tennessee asks:
    Have you ever completed any experiments in outer space on growing plants?

    None on my missions.

    bonnie meinzer - Chat Guest at North Woods International from La Crosse, WI asks:
    Does it feel weird floating in space?

    It is absolutely the best sensation.

    Zach R. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What do you do for fun in space? Not that being in space isn't fun.

    I get to experience the laws of physics by wrestling my crewmates. bouncing off the walls, etc

    Elizabeth - Chat Guest at Spencer Elementary from Brighton, MI asks:
    What is the largest number of astronauts you have been in space with?

    7 on the shuttle and 2 more on the MIR station

    Kaylee L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you think kids would grow faster in space?

    I think we would have trouble catching up with them

    Tomas N. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Thank You, we loved chatting with you.

    I enjoyed your questions

    Leylla C. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    THANK YOU

    your welcome

    Jeremy B. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Is there any simulation that is like zero gravity on Earth?

    You get close to the sensations when you push an airplane in flight, or driving fast at the top of a hill as the car drops.

    Clay - Chat Guest at Hayes Elementary from Enid, OK asks:
    whats your favorit thing to do in space?

    Look at the earth. It is fabulous

    Brigitta - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What is your favorite phenominon in space?

    Me being there, really the aurora

    Jeremy B. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you think there will be a transportation system from Earth to the moon?

    We are preparing to build one.

    Tressy Crutchfield - Teacher at Ripley Elementary School from Ripley, Tennessee asks:
    Thank you, we enjoyed this chat with you!

    Teachers are the most important ingrediant in a childs development. Keep up the great work.

    Crista S. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you have a favorite rover?

    No

    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:
    1/31/2007 4:18:25 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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