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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (connolly2006 Chat Log)During this online chat, 418 questions were asked by 22 schools. There were 48 adults and 88 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Janis Connolly of The Johnson Space Center

    Elizabeth Russo - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 05/02/06 at 13:30.

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

    Joseph - Guest Student at Whitter Middle School from Lafayette, Indiana asks:
    What is a wardroom?

    A wardroom is a central meeting place for the crew. Typically found on ships.

    Melanie - Guest Student at Whitter Middle School from Lafayette, Indiana asks:
    Do you want to go to the Moon?

    Absolutely!!! My bags are packed if they ever call! My husband, who also works here wants to go to Mars. He's managing the development of the next lunar lander!!

    Patrice Lee - Teacher at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What does the term "Human Rating refer to?

    It refers to the ability of a launch system to take humans to orbit.

    Kevin - Guest Student at Whitter Middle School from Lafayette, Indiana asks:
    Did you want to be an astronaut when you were a kid?

    Not really. Wanted to be an architect, became that, and then got to work in the space program via a grant from NASA while I was in grad school!

    willie - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska asks:
    what is the space station for

    ISS is our premier location/laboratory for studying how humans and systems operate in space and what's needed to take us to the Moon and Mars.

    james - Chat Guest at unalaska school disterict from unalaska, alaska asks:
    when is the space station going to be open to the public

    Oooh, that might be awhile yet. Right now only those trained and cleared for flight can be named as crew to live aboard the ISS.

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    what things are being to be added to the international space station

    We still have a Node and 2 additional modules - 1 for Japan and 1 for European space agency left to launch and attach.

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    do you get to see space storms?

    What kind of storms might you be referring to?

    willie - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska asks:
    how old is the space station

    We've been permanently occupied since 1998!

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    Do you think you or anyone would like to live on the international space station?

    We have folks up there right now! Would I go! Absolutely!! I hear the view is outstanding!

    Hunter H. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    are u ever going to make a space hotel?

    Someday, yes, there will be space hotels. You know there are folks out there now who are building rockets to take private citizens to space! Look up the X-Prize.

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What challenges you most in your job?

    Having enough time to do all the things I have to do. And making sure that we have clear instructions, called requirements, in place so folks who build our spacecraft/landers know exactly what we want built.

    Mrs. Bramfield - Chat Guest at Holy Cross from Champaign, Illinois asks:
    What are the standards you have to make sure are met?

    There are many standards........atmospheric pressures, radiation protection, composition of the air they breathe, what the computer workstations look like.....many many over a wide variety of topics.

    Rachel - Chat Guest at Unalaska City Shool District from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    How many crew members are allowed to be in the International Space Station?

    During an Expedition, 2. When there is a crew change-out, there's usually 5. When the Shuttle visits, there can be as many as 9.

    willie - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska asks:
    can you see the sun from the space station

    Sure! The ISS orbits around the Earth every 90 minutes, 45 in dark, 45 in light. So imagine your day being 90 minutes long....light, dark, light, dark!

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    If you had to chose a planet or star to build on, what one would you chose?

    Can't do that on a star, as a star is a sun. Little toasty! Planet is best way to go! I'd like to build on Mars. Are you students keeping up with our 2 Mars rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) who are STILL operating successfully on Mars right now?

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    How many decks did you design for the space station?

    If you mean a "floor" then it's a single level. Think of long modules attached end to end. Down the middle there is a corridor. The crew floats so they can reach the "ceiling, walls, and floor" very easily.

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    what is the most difficult thing you've ever designed?

    Haven't designed the most difficult....yet. I'm assuming it will be something that has to live on Mars and help keep the crew healthy and productive. I can't wait!!

    Christopher N - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    can you see planets from te space station

    You bet! Just like you can from here. And where ISS orbits, there's no atmosphere so the sky is black....the stars are amazing!

    Leah - Guest Student at Soldotna Montessori Charter Sc from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    what cinde of project are you currently working on. plaese anwser

    I'm working on the next spacecraft that has to be ready when the Shuttle is retired. And my husband is working on the next lander for the Moon. We're quite the "space" family! ;)

    Hannah S. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you consider your job fun?

    Best fun I have EVER had!!!!!

    Mychal J. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    is there any chnce of us landing on mars

    Yes, it's in our plans. I think that we'll have humans on Mars in about 25 years. Maybe it will be one of YOU!

    killian - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Are there any animals in the space station?

    That's a good question. I know the Russian space station, Mir (which no longer flies) had little frogs. We don't have anything like mice or similar.

    Kyle C. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Will we ever live on mars?

    Yes, yes yes!

    Mrs. - Chat Guest at King Elementary from Iowa City, Iowa asks:
    How do you study how a human would behave in space?

    We monitor the crew while they live in the Shuttle or ISS, talk to them everyday, and have great conversations with them when they return. They tell us what it has been like to live up there.

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    How does the space station keep from drifting off?

    It has propellant and when a visiting vehicle comes to dock, that little vehicle helps boost it up a little bit.

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    Do you think you or anyone would like to live on the international space station

    There is a permanent human presence on ISS. Right now there are 2 crew up there, 1 Russian commander, 1 US flight engineer!

    Tori - Chat Guest at Unalaska City School from Unalaska, America asks:
    Would you want to live on Mars now

    Sure! There sure seems to be a lot to look at! The geology is really interesting to me.

    Hunter H. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Is there actual proof that there was life on Mars?

    Not yet.

    Carlin - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    What is the biggest animal that has ever been in space?

    Good question, but I do not know.

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Are you qualified to fly in space or be an astronaut?

    I'm not an astronaut, but I do fly an experimental aircraft, once known as the "Vomit Comet" that flies up and down, up and down, to help simulate micro-gravity....weightlessness! That's an amazing adventure!

    Drew L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Have you found any planets or moons close to having life forms other than Mars?

    Y'all should look up what some of our spacecraft have been photographing on the moons of Saturn and Jupiter! We've got quite a few vehicles out there learning all kinds of things.

    Andy D. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Could there be any future shuttle launches from Alaska?

    No. All shuttle launches begin at the Kennedy Space Center in FL.

    Cheyenne C. - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska, Alaska asks:
    Are the clouds in SPACE?

    No.

    Student - Guest Student at Andreafski High School from Saint Marys, Alaska asks:
    Are kids aloud to go up in space for a while just to look at how it looks?

    Not yet. Sounds like you'd like to go!

    willie - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska asks:
    do the crew in the space station have jet packs?

    Not really. We did fly a jet pack of sorts a while back....the manned manuvering unit or MMU. Look that up online! It was really cool!

    Nicholas M - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Have you ever had astronaut food, and is it good?

    Yes, it is really quite tasty! We do taste tests for the space food laboratory. Every astronaut also taste tests before he/she selects their food for a flight.

    Danae A - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Have you discovered any new planets recently?

    I believe there are some Earth-like planets that have been discovered around other starts, pretty far away from us. We don't know what they have on their surfaces, tho.

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    How long can you live in the space shuttle?

    For about a week to 10 days.

    Naequan J. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    how long have you been working at NASA/

    11.5 years.

    Sara M. - Chat Guest at Westside Middle from , asks:
    What types of systems are you creating for Mars?

    Life support systems are VERY important. Recycling is critical. Communication is equally important!

    Elizabeith F. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    os it cold in space?

    You bet! On the Moon, it can be +250 F and -250F...just between sun and shadow!

    Jase W. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Where do you sleep on your shuttle?

    Down in the middeck! There are bunk-type sleep areas. Sleeping bags work. Sometimes the crew simply seatbelts themselves into a seat!

    Drew L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Whats the harshest part of space life in your opinion?

    The travel between Earth and Mars will be quite tough, long (6-8 months one way) and exposure to radiation will be difficult to protect from.

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    how many years or months would it take to finnish the ISS?

    It needs to be done in the next few years.

    Mrs. Bramfield - Chat Guest at Holy Cross from Champaign, Illinois asks:
    What are the necessary components of a spacecraft?

    A launch system, a vehicle for the crew to live in/return in. Inside, place to sleep, work, eat, go to the bathroom.

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    If you could take one thing with you if you went to the moon, what would it be?

    My husband.

    Maddy B. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Is it true that being in space too long can effect your bones?

    Yes, you lose calcium because there's no gravity. We're trying to use execise to keep us better protected.

    Naequan J. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What college did u go to

    Univer of Wisconsin - Madison and Milwaukee.

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    How higgh up is the International Space Station?

    Approx 248 miles. In fact, you can see it go over your home town. Log onto heavens-above.com and you can find out if the ISS will pass thru your part of the sky.

    willie - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska asks:
    was the space station hard to build

    yes. definitely! lots of pieces, lots of flights, lots of construction and attaching things.

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    How long will the spacestation be in orbit?

    For about 15 years.

    Christopher N - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    have you ever been to the iternational space staion

    Unfortunately, no.

    Hannah S. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    is University of Wisconsin a good college?

    I thought so.

    Maddy B. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    How often are people sent to the ISS?

    Expeditions (as they are called) last approx 6 months.

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Would you trade jobs with someone on the spacestation?

    Sure! I'm an architect by training and would love to go investigate and study the final construction.

    Natalie - Chat Guest at Unalaska City School from , asks:
    Do you think you'll like it on the ISS more or on Earth

    ISS, but I'd miss my family lots.

    Christopher N - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Howmany instruments are on the space station?

    Many many many! More than I could explain here.

    Paul - Chat Guest at Ft. Greely Middle School from Delta Junction, Alaska asks:
    What did you want to be when you were a child?

    An architect or an astronomer.

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    What would happen if the ISS ran out of supplies?

    It doesn't. We plan extra just in case.

    Rachel - Chat Guest at Unalaska City Shool District from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    What kind of marterial is the International Space Station made out of?

    Aluminum is the shell. the interior is made of several materials. But we have a very small number we can use. Since you can't open a door, the interior is called a "closed system." this means that some materials might build up to be toxic. We can't have that and must select carefully.

    Hunter H. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    how many years did you have to go to college to gat a degree for your job?

    9 years. I'm not done yet....still have a PhD to get!

    Natalie - Chat Guest at Unalaska City School from , asks:
    Did you help design the rovers?

    No, but a friend of ours did!

    Kegan P. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Would you ever like to fly to Pluto?

    I don't think so....kinda far away. It takes a spacecraft 12 years to get there!

    Kyle C. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    When will there be commercial flights into space?

    They're trying to build spacecraft for that right now!

    Hunter H. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you send supplies to the space station when every expedition goes?

    Yes, food is send ahead, and a vehicle called a Progress module, takes up additional supplies every few months.

    Drew L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    In your opinion whats the worst part living on the ISS for the average astronaut?

    Missing their family.

    willie - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska asks:
    Is there a time zone in the space?

    good question.......we operate on houston time.

    Natalie - Chat Guest at Unalaska City School from , asks:
    Is mars hot, if so how could people live on it?

    Nope, just the opposite. It's farther from the sun and colder. But on a real hot summer Mars day, it could be about 50 degrees F.

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Will we travel to another galaxy one day?

    Hopefully. Right now, we'll have spacecraft do that for us!

    Ashley H. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    As in Houston Texas??

    As in Houston. TX

    Elizabeith F. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Why would you not want to go to pluto

    Too far.

    Tully - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    how long does it take to fly from earth to the space station

    A couple of days. Pretty quick!

    Drew L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    When is there going to be another shuttle launch?

    Hoefully this summer and another in the fall. I just got a call from an astronaut who will be on the mission in the fall. Told him I was talking to you guys and had to hang up!

    Mychal J. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    How close has any spacecraft gotten to the sun?

    Went near Mercury! Now that's close!

    Kegan P. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What happens if one of the people on the Space Shuttle gets sick?

    They get sick and rest and feel better. Even if they would throw up, there are bags for them. I dont' hear that they get sick really. These folks are really healthy!

    Maddy B. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Are there certain materials that work better when a space station is being built

    Yes, those that do not "outgass"....ever smell new carpeting? The carpet outgasses. You couldn't have carpet in a spacecraft with that smell. It would be toxic to the system.

    Hunter H. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    If you were to choose a planet to travel to, which one would you choose?

    Mars. definitely Mars.

    Bethany - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    What are some other things that you have designed?

    I've designed surface habitats that might be used on Mars one day. I've designed 3 lunar bases, too.

    Naequan J. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Have you ever been to Alaska?

    Not yet! Want to learn to fly fish in Denali National Park!

    Andy D. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Besides Mars, could you see any other planets humans are capable of inhabiting in the near future?

    Not in our solar system. Mars would be best.

    Hannah S. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Asley wants to know were you go to te batroom in space

    There is a special bathroom in the ISS! Kinda like ours at home, but more like one that we might use camping! With seatbelts! :)

    Christopher N - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Can you get stuck when you're floating in space if there is nothing to grab onto?

    You could get stuck if you were in a large volume and couldn't reach the walls. We dont' worry about that as our crafts are small enough.

    Cheyenne C. - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska, Alaska asks:
    If there is water in space, would it float away?

    Not really. Water floats in a ball when released in 0-gravity.

    Shannan H. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What are some dangerous effects from being in space to long?

    Radiation exposure, weightlessness and its effects on the body, like muscle loss, calcium loss in the bones.

    Shannan H. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What's the most excitng thing that you have experienced while working at NASA?

    Seeing the shuttle launch....3 times. I cried.

    Anne C. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Where do you empty your garbagegreater than

    Garbage is brought back to earth, or sent in a vehicle that burns up on re-entry to our atmosphere.

    Nicholas M - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What do people do for fun in space?

    Listen to music, read, sing, watch DVDs.

    Elizabeth Russo - 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 Janis Connolly for hosting our chat today.

    Kyle C. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    How come you dont use chimps in space anymore?

    Chimps were used to be sure humans could fly. We know we can go to space now!

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Why'd you cry?

    It's very emotional to see the launch, friends on the shuttle going to orbit. it's hard work, and really a big part is being proud you had something to do with it!

    Jase W. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Could someone bring a skateboard and skate?

    You could bring it..........in space you'd just float!

    Drew L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    How long have you worked from NASA?

    11.5 years.

    Richard W. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you have the proof that there are more Galaxies out there?

    There are millions of galaxies!!

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do they have iPods in space?

    I think they have something like that!

    Andy D. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you think there will be any famous people in space in the future?

    Sure! And our crews that fly are famous, and brave.

    Drew L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Why would you go to Mars and not somewhere like Saturn, other than the time factor?

    There's no atmopshere to speak of................there is a thin one on Mars.

    Andy D. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Suppose Mars gets colonized by 2100... what would you estimate the population of Mars at?

    Maybe just a few crews......10-20 folks.

    chance - Chat Guest at ft.greely from delta juction, alaska asks:
    What kind of things have you made for humans in space?

    Places to sleep, workstations to do science, experiments.

    Jase W. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you think we will ever be able to live on Pluto?

    No. Just my opinion.

    Carlin - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Does Mars look a little like Earth?

    Amazingly yes. Mountains, volcanoes! Wow!

    Elizabeith F. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    About how long would it take to go to pluto?

    12 years. one way.

    willie - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska asks:
    bye thank you ansering my questions

    you're welcome.

    Elizabeth Russo - 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!

    james - Chat Guest at unalaska school disterict from unalaska, alaska asks:
    Is there gravity in the space station?

    No. It's 0-gravity up there.

    james - Chat Guest at unalaska school disterict from unalaska, alaska asks:
    How many people can fit in the space station?

    It can support about 9 for a short time. 2 just for now, hopefully 6 in the future.

    willie - Chat Guest at unalaska city school district from unalaska, alaska asks:
    can a kid come up the space station right now maybe and go to school there

    I wish a kid could. I have 3 that would go.

    Melissa A. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Is interplanetary travel in our future?

    I sure hope so, but that's a long way off.

    Maddy B. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    After the current space station is outdated, will it be replaced and will you help design the replacement?

    I think we'll be concentrating on the Moon and Mars by then. I hope I'll be involved.....I'm planning on it! ;)

    Mrs. Bowman - Chat Guest at Edison Middle School from Red Rock, MT asks:
    My class is studing hypothesis/research. Please share with us how you utilize these same processes in your daily work. Thank you.

    Our research (my area) centers around human behavior and how they react to the built environment. Simply - we watc h how folks use machines and work on ISS to give us clues. We study how easy or hard it is to do something in space, find ways to try to make work easier. It's complicated when a person floats and we have to devise ways to anchor them so that they can accomplish their tasks. Lots of design trial and error. We dont' always get it right, but we listen to them.

    killian - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    How many diffrent countries are involved with the space station?

    Many from Europe, Canada, US, Japan, there are quite a few!

    Drew L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What happens if there is a fire on the Space Station?

    The crew has an extinguisher system. That's one thing we really protect against! Even materials are used that won't let fire spread.

    Lauren - Chat Guest at from Boulder, Colorado asks:
    What was your most successful innvention?

    The temporary sleep station.....so far!

    Hunter H. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    If you were to form some kind of life on mars with oxygen tanks, could a plant produce enough oxygen to keep you alive?

    quite possibly. plants give off 02!

    Nicholas M - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What kind of training did you have to go through for your present position?

    Lots of college to begin with. I took classes in subjects important to this kind of career...math, science, computers, and of course architecture.

    Bethany - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    How high up is the International Space Station from Earth?

    248 miles.

    Danae A - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What do you find most interesting about your job?

    The people I work with - lots of smart ones - and the astronauts are simply exceptional. Great folks! And the challenge to take architecture to a new level.

    Kegan P. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    What is it like to work for NASA

    Best job on the planet! And off!

    Cathy Leu - Teacher at Eagle View from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    What other things have you been involved in, or what are some of the other things you have designed?

    I'm a fabric designer, a quilter, design and build houses (here on Earth)

    Drew L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Are you ever going to make a colony on the moon?

    Oh boy, I sure hope so!!

    Mychal J. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    When is the next space mission supposed to be?

    ISS is going on now..........shuttle in the next few months.

    Rachel - Chat Guest at Unalaska City Shool District from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    are there clouds in space?

    No - no water vapor to form them.

    Aidan - Chat Guest at Unalaska city school district from Unalaska, Alaska asks:
    Do they have comfortable furniture on the space station?

    Since you float, furniture is not really required, not like we have here. but they use sleeping bags anchored to the wall to sleep in...keeps you from floating around at night.

    Kegan P. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Do you think we will ever land on Pluto

    I think robotic spacecraft will.

    Richard W. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    When do you think that we will live on Mars?

    About 2030 or so...............just to visit to begin with.

    chance m - Chat Guest at ft.greely school from delta juction, alaska asks:
    What is it like working on humans for space?

    Very exciting..............and a great deal of fun!

    Drew L. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    Did they ever find water on one of Saturn's moons or was that just a rumor??

    I'd suggest you look up the missions we have flying right now. www.spaceflight.nasa.gov

    chance m - Chat Guest at ft.greely school from delta juction, alaska asks:
    What have you worked on lately?

    The next crew vehicle is keeping me very very busy!

    Andy D. - Student at Tanana Junior High School from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    How would Mars be modernized to live on?

    Well, we need a habitat, a way to keep warm, way to provide a good breathable atmosphere! We need the basics to sustain life right now. Modernizing comes from knowing we need to improve something.

    Elizabeth Russo - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    5/2/2006 2:43:57 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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