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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (engine Chat Log)Hosted by Guillermo Tellez of WCSAR

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    12/6/2002 10:56:23 AM - Room opened by Moderator.

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    Welcome to the engineering and space science chat.

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    Welcome Guillermo Tellez, Lead Mechanical Engineer for WCSAR.

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    Mr. Tellez is ready to answer questions about the actual space hardware such as, Humidity-Temperature-Lights-CO2 control, Nutrient Delivery System, materials used, Station requirements, performance testing and ground experiments, etc.

    Ashley - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    What experiments are you currently working on?

    We will be flying a rose next January

    Ashley - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    What experiments are you currently working on?

    We will be flying a rose next January

    Stephanie - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Why do the Wheat and Soybean plants grow in artifical light?

    Artificial light has been designed to mimic the sun light

    Karen - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Have any of your experiments not work?

    We had a experiment on the Russian Space Station that did'n work as we planned

    Vincent - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Will the products of soybean and wheat plants taste good in space?

    We don't know but think that it should be very similar

    Jackson 38 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    How many years of college did it take to become a mechanical engineer

    It took me 5 and then 3 more for the masters degree

    Fair 37 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Is it fun or hard making space products?

    It is a lot of fun, but it is not simple

    Frederickson 08 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    when you were a kid did you like Nasa

    Yes I new about it and it always sounded very interesting

    Griffin 09 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    What exactly do you do?

    I design mechanical components and systems for the payloads (nutrient delivery, humidity control, air circulation, etc)

    Dianne McWhorter - Teacher at Albion Elementary from Albion, Indiana asks:
    What do you mean by "flying a rose?"

    We are working with a company that flew a rose and created a perfume based o how the rose smelled in space (please go to http://wcsar.engr.wisc.edu/sts-95.html and read about it) and we are doing it again

    Powell 32 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Are you building somthing to go to the I.S.S.?

    Yes, I'm the lead mechanical engineer for the Commercial Plant Biotechnology Facility "CPBF"

    Thorne 17 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    How does it feel to make things that go in space?

    It is a very rewarding feeling, not everyone gets a chance to do it, I enjoy it a lot

    Schwartz 14 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Has anythnig gone really bad.

    Not really, we test all the equipment on the ground for long periods of time

    Cristal - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    When the astronauts take the seeds up to space does G-force affect the seeds?

    No, G-forces aren't big enough or long enough to case any changes

    Minh - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    hen the plants, both soybean and wheat grow big and tall and don't fit in the chamber anymore,will that affect growth?

    We have seen that they adapt to the environment around them

    Powell 32 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Do you work on or with the Russion space center?

    No, we don't have any projects with them

    Thorne 17 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    How many years does it take to make a space product?

    Depends but our newest chamber (the biggest in space history) has been developed for 5 years and will fly early 2005

    Randle 33 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    did you ever come upon something that you made that did not work and you had to give up.

    Yes, sometimes you design things and they look good in paper but when you build them it is totaly different and you have to learn from those mistakes

    Fair 37 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    How long have been working with wheat and soy bean plants

    I have been doing ground experiments for more than a year

    Thorne 17 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Do you have any people helping you?

    Yes, we are a team with engineers (mechanical, electrical, computer, industrial, chemical, operations, etc), scientists, etc

    Fatima - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Why did you want to be an engineer?

    I'm not sure, but I was always full of questions on how things work and I think that is what took me this way.

    Fatima - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Why did you want to be an engineer?

    I'm not sure, but I was always full of questions on how things work and I think that is what took me this way.

    Botkin 22 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Do you work on paper before you build the craft?

    Well, it used to be paper, now it is more computers, but yes there is a lot of work done before building a payload

    Jackson 38 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    If you had a chance to go into space ,would you?

    I would consider it very seriously

    Powell 32 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Are you working on new air componets or humididy control?

    Yes, from our ground experiments we discovered that the humidity control was not enough and we are redesigning the system to increase capacity

    Powell 32 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Was college challenging for you?

    I think that the start was easy anl later it became more of a challenge

    Merrick 20 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Has any one ever been hurt during an experement

    Not under my supervision

    Kevin - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    do you really think that we can live on Mars someday? If it ever happens, do we live on plants, because I heard that the soil on Mars has excellent growing nutrients.

    I think is very possible, but we still lack the technology to do it

    Alejandra - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Why did NASA want to start this experiment for our class to do?

    NASA wants to share all the info that they create and at the same time get people interested in space research and exploration

    Cho 23 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    will you ever grow something like grapes up in space

    There has been a talk about growing lettuce, tomatos, and some other vegetables

    Tiffany - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    How many succesful experiments have you performed?

    I've supported about 5 space experiments

    Griffin 09 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Do you ever get bored with your job?

    No, it is the kind of job where everything is different from one day to the other

    Brandon Whiten - Teacher at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    As a scientist, can you tell these students just how impotant it is to study their science now, even at this early age ?

    Yes it is very important to have strong bases, every thing begins here

    Botkin 22 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    do you have a certain schedule you work by?

    Yes we have a schedule for design, fabrication, assembly and testing

    Walker 36 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    have you ever saw the shuttle take off and in space?

    Yes several times

    Foret 07 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    What is the experiment you are working on and if you aren`t working on one what is one you will be working on soon?

    At the moment we are preparing our payload to fly a Rose

    Foret 07 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    What is the experiment you are working on and if you aren`t working on one what is one you will be working on soon?

    At the moment we are preparing our payload to fly a Rose

    Kolb 28 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    how many hours do you work aday?

    8-10

    Jeffrey - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    According to your research, is the plant growth better on earth or in space?

    It not very clear, some species develop better in sapce and some other ones on the ground

    Daniel - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Are you doing the same project as us in space?

    If we have a experiment i space we always have a ground experiment at the same time

    Randle 33 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Is it hard being a mecanhical engeneer

    No but I think it has a lot to do with how well you are prepared and what you learned in school

    Kasra 10 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    waht was your favorite subject in school

    Science and math

    Botkin 22 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    do you think, in the future, that we will explore different galaxies with Nasa products?

    yes but it may take some time

    Attlee 21 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    When you were a kid, were you thinking about another career instead of an Engineer?

    yes I considered some other options but I went for what I liked the most

    Powell 32 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Do you ever get angry when somthing doesn't work?

    yes very often but I always try to find out what went wrong and learn from it

    Randle 33 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    How long does it take to do an experiment

    It depends on the experiment, some take days and some take months

    Powell 32 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    How many people do you work with?

    We are a group of about 30 people

    Kevin - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Do you really think we can live on Mars someday? If it ever happens, do we live on plants because I heard that the soil in Mars has excellent growing nutrients.

    It is possible but not in the near future

    Oscar - Student at Florence Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    How does zero gravity affect the plants' growth in the space station?

    we are not really sure but we have seen changes such as size, color, smell, and at cell level too

    Cho 23 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    is there somthing special about wheat and soybean plants that made NASA study them?

    They are somewhat easy to grow and good sources of food

    Frederickson 08 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    did you ever do crazy experiments when youa kid

    one or two

    Kolb 28 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    how did you think of all the ideas

    Usually the ideas come from requirements that a customer has

    Foret 07 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    has an experiment ever blown up?

    Nooo

    Powell 32 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    thank you

    It was fun

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    Thank you for participating. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, not everyone's questions could be answered. If you missed an answer, you can check Space Explorers' communication page in a few days for a transcription of this chat. Once again, thank you for participating.

    Powell 32 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    Do you begin making small designs and add on with bigger and better ideas?

    Yes that is the way it happens

    Powell 32 - Student at Sparks Elementary from Frisco, Texas asks:
    goodbye

    Bye

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    12/6/2002 12:24:19 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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