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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (foale2005 Chat Log)During this online chat, 86 questions were asked by 38 schools. There were 57 adults and 113 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Dr. C. Michael Foale of NASA Astronaut Office

    Diana Caldeira - Teacher at Parmalee Elementary School from Indian Hills, Colorado asks:
    Did it get light and dark? Could you always see the sun?

    Not always. Normally we have 1hr of sun, then .5hrs of darkness, then it repeats

    Kimberly Harkner - Teacher at Tomah Middle School from Tomah, Wisconsin asks:
    Did anything physically happen to you after being in space for so long?

    Yes, my feet tingled for a while, on Earth, and my bone calcium density dropped a few percent in some areas. It recovered after 6 months of hiking, exercise, weights etc.

    Sandra Payne - Teacher at Marshall from Chicago, Illinois asks:
    What are your future plans in regards to space travel? Is NASA still interested in teachers to serve as astronauts? How should students prepare to become astronauts?

    Personally I am staying as an astronaut, to test new space suits, and develop training for Moon and Mars

    Mae's Blue - Chat Guest at Russian Mission from Russian Mission, Alaska asks:
    Thank you for taking my question. When you are up in space, how does it feel to breathe? Do you still have use of 100% of your lung capacity? Or does it feel like you are breathing easier or have to have more effort to breathe in space? Thanks again, Dr. Foale for taking the time to answer my question.

    Breathing is just the same. No change. Maybe a little easier, because you do not have the weight of your chest when sleeping.

    Susan anderson - Chat Guest at Stockwell Elementary School from Evansville, Indiana asks:
    Brenae, age 10, wants to know if you had a chance to go to Mars, would you take it?

    Brenae, yes I would go, but I hope my son Ian, 10 will go instead of me

    Wilhelmina Distor - Chat Guest at Pilot Station School from Pilot Station, Alaska asks:
    When was your first space flight?

    1992 - seems a long time ago. I have flown 6 times

    Mrs. Laura Fantazzi - Chat Guest at Badger Road Elementary from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    Could you describe seeing the earth the first time you orbitted it?

    It almost made me tear up. It is so bright, against a black sky. Imagine beeing on a tropical island, looking up at a blue sky. Curve the blue sky into a ball, with clouds, and that is the way it looks.

    fourth graders - Chat Guest at Baxter Community School from Baxter, Iowa asks:
    How long does it take before a person can become an astronuat? What kind of edcuation do you need?

    It depends. In the future, I expect space guides will be needed, with only a single degree. so by the time you are 24 or so. Any technical subject, or medical, scientific.

    Melinda - Chat Guest at Gateway Middle from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    What was your most exciting event that happened while you were in space?

    A collision of a 7 ton cargo ship with us on the Mir space station. The air started to leak out.

    Hollie Miller - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from Depere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 12/06/05 at 11:09.

    Hollie Miller - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from Depere, Wisconsin comments:
    o Space Explorers would like to welcome Dr. C. Michael Foale 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!

    Lawrence - Chat Guest at Rhode Island School of Design from Providence, Rhode Island asks:
    I'm designing an entertainment system that addresses the needs of Astronauts in space, to help them feel more relaxed and keep them entertained when bored. Is there anything you'd like to see happen?

    Good wide screen movies, and sound systems are great if you are in a small crew, for a long time

    Robbie - Chat Guest at Penny Road Elementary from Cary, NC asks:
    Do you like the Space food you had to eat? What is your favorite?

    The food is pretty good, a mixture of US and Russian. Meat and potatoes, veg, eggs, sausage, cheese, powdered milk.

    Luis - Chat Guest at Coonley from Chicago, Il asks:
    Have Walked on the moon?

    No. I really want to. Maybe you will.

    Leslie Gilmer - Guest Teacher at Gardner Magnet School from Hot Springs, Arkansas asks:
    Have you seen any extraterrestrial life in space?

    Not that I could tell. You do see odd things, flashes etc.

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    Does it feel the same walking in space as it does on earth? Jessica

    Not at all. It should be called floating, not walking.

    Margaret Eddy - Guest Teacher at Reed Academy from Houston, Texas asks:
    How much of the space station has been built and what is the time frame now of completing it?

    roughly 50% of the mass, so far. It will be pretty much done by 2010

    Matthew Wojtyla - Chat Guest at St. John the Baptist School from Green Bay, Wisconsin asks:
    How does weightlessnes feel? Do you get used to it, and is it hard when you return to earth to 'remember' gravity?

    Great. Yes, you do. Returning is a little hard, the first hours, but after a bath, and a sleep, you feel able to move about.

    Amber - Chat Guest at Badger Road Elementary from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    Were you lonely up there?

    sometimes, for my other friends, family. My crewmate(s) were nice people, and I am still friends, but we do need other contacts too, when we are alone together.

    Lauryn - Chat Guest at Mamie Lou Gross Elementary from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    How do you walk on the moon?

    I have not done this, but I know people can bound in slow motion. It depends a lot on the stiffness of the space suit

    Reed - Chat Guest at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    How fast does the lauch rocket go?

    7.8 x 10^6 m/s or 17,000 miles per hour, to earth orbit.

    Chris - Chat Guest at Gateway from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    how many trips have you taken to space

    6

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    Is it a rough ride to space?

    yes, like a tire blowing on a car, on the freeway, but you do not get to pull over, for 8 minutes.

    Cathy Palmer - Chat Guest at Franklin County Schools from Louisburg, NC asks:
    When did you first know that you wanted to be an astronaut?

    When I was 6.

    Mrs. Medina - Chat Guest at Coonley School from Chicago, Il asks:
    Third Grade: Have you ever seen a Meteor?

    Lots, from Earth, in Colorado, and from the ISS and Mir stations. They are always pretty.

    Urtha Lenharr - Teacher at Nome Elementary School from Nome, Alaska asks:
    Once the space station is completed, where do you see us going from there?

    Using the station, for decades, as a research post, a space port, and a test bed, for space craft that will be built for the moon and mars.

    Elizabeth - Chat Guest at Spencer from Brighton, Michigan asks:
    Have you noticed any long term affects on your body?

    Not permanent. See below.

    Jackie - Chat Guest at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    What was the scarest thing that happened to you in space

    The collision on the Mir.

    R Smith - Teacher at Nome Elementary School from Nome, Alaska asks:
    Have yuou ever spent a holiday in Space? If so, how did you celebrate it?

    Many. 2 Christmases, Thanksgiving, July 4th etc. We eat some special food, say turkey, in a packet, like the troops do, in Iraq.

    Linda Dunn - Guest Teacher at Dunnwrite Homeschool from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    How long did you train before you got to fly with NASA?

    If you count school, College, which I do, then 30 years!

    Mrs. Schonauer - Chat Guest at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    What experiments have you performed on the ISS?

    Very many different ones, in Physics, Chemistry, materials science, and life science.

    Kevin - Chat Guest at Mamie Lou Gross Elementary from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    Is it hot or cold up in the space shuttle?

    That depends. Inside, it stays about 70f, but outside it goes from -200 to +400 F

    Ashley - Chat Guest at Badger Road elementry from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    were you scared the first time you have rode an Space Craft?

    No, I had waited so long, and wanted to do it so much.

    Jackie - Chat Guest at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    What is the Mir?

    A russian station that is not in space anymore.

    John - Chat Guest at HANNAN HOMESCHOOL from Homer, Alaska asks:
    Can you describe your space walk?

    I have done them in Russian and US space suits. Always they are exciting, and the view is incredible, of the bright blue earth, in sunlight, and the brilliant stars of the galaxy at night.

    Hollie Miller - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from Depere, Wisconsin comments:
    We have a lot of questions coming through, so please be patient as we try to answer as many questions as possible.

    David - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    What does it look like in the rocket?

    A sort of untidy airplane cockpit. With smallish windows. After a few days, it is like the inside of a motor home, on the shuttle, which we have to put right, before we come home for landing!

    Steven - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Did you ever think that space was dangerous

    Yes. I still do. You have to be careful, and recognize you are taking a risk.

    Mrs. Schonauer - Chat Guest at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    How long was the Mir in space?

    15 years, roughly.

    Baileyy - Chat Guest at Gateway from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    Do you think you are going to go back mo space soon?

    Not soon. 70 astronauts have never flown yet. So I have been very lucky.

    Ronnie - Chat Guest at Gateway Middle Shcool from Toledo, Ohio asks:
    What do you do for entertainment in space?

    Watch dvd's, and watch the earth. I like to practice Geography, looking at the earth, and think about the peoples I am passing over.

    R Smith - Teacher at Nome Elementary School from Nome, Alaska asks:
    Q2. How are the astronauts protected from the 2,300 degrees F. heat when a space ship reenter's Earth's asmosphere?

    The ship has a heat shield. These are tiles on the shuttle, or a plastic resin on Soyuz, that burns off slowly.

    chad - Chat Guest at badger road elemantary from north pole, alaska asks:
    did you plan to break the record for the longest time in space

    No. It will not stand very long, either. I expect other astronauts to got to ISS twice.

    Chaz - Chat Guest at Mamie Lou Gross First Grade from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    How long would it take to get to Pluto in the space shuttle?

    The shuttle does not have enough fuel to leave earth orbit, or even go to the moon.

    fourth graders - Chat Guest at Baxter Community School from Baxter, Iowa asks:
    How did you get interested in being an astronaut?

    I saw John Glenn's capsule at a State Fair in Minneapolis

    Amber - Chat Guest at Badger Road Elementary from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    Why did you want to become an astronaut in the first place?

    I liked the idea of exploring, and space seemed to be very mysterious. It still is.

    Elizabeth - Chat Guest at Spencer from Brighton, Michigan asks:
    If you had a choice to live in space or on Earth, what would you choose and why?

    Earth, for retirement. That is where my family, and my friends are. The views and outdoors are just as beautiful on Earth, as in space, actually.

    John - Chat Guest at HANNAN HOMESCHOOL from Homer, Alaska asks:
    Do you sometimes feel claustrophobic in space?

    No, I never have.

    Diana Caldeira - Teacher at Parmalee Elementary School from Indian Hills, Colorado asks:
    Is there gravity inside the ISS?

    Nothing that is noticeable.

    mary - Chat Guest at gateway from maumee, ohio asks:
    what is your most funniest experince in space?

    Lots of different good times with my crews

    Susan anderson - Chat Guest at Stockwell Elementary School from Evansville, Indiana asks:
    Ana, age 10. How do you cook food in space?

    We have a suit case, that heats up the american food, in packets. The russians have holes in the table that heat their cans. Also we have hot water for rehydrating soups, potatoes etc.

    Margaret Eddy - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Is it as bright on the inside of the space station as the pictures show it to be?

    Actually, even brighter, if the windows are toward the sun, or the earth.

    Linda Dunn - Guest Teacher at Dunnwrite Homeschool from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    How many hours was your longest space flight?

    195 days was my last flight. Times 24 = hours

    Leslie Gilmer - Guest Teacher at Gardner Magnet School from Hot Springs, Arkansas asks:
    What type of experiments are you involved in at this time?

    Testing new space suits for use on the moon and mars, and testing how we will set up our operations on the moon, and mars.

    Kimberly Harkner - Teacher at Tomah Middle School from Tomah, Wisconsin asks:
    Are the space suits specially made for each astronaut?

    Only our russian soyuz launch suits. The ones for EVA are not custom.

    Taylor - Chat Guest at Badger Road Elementary from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    Were you inspired by other astronauts as a kid?

    Not really. As a student, I was inspired by John Young, who went to the moon twice.

    Rose Schatz - Guest Teacher at Idea Families from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    Where was your first flight to?

    On the shuttle, to orbit, as a scientist astronaut for the Atlas mission, to study the earth, global warming, ozone destruction, in 1992.

    Denaeuh - Chat Guest at Badger from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    did you see any living things while you where in space

    Only my crew mates. Unfortunately :-)

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    What does it feel like to sleep upside down? Tyler

    No different, because you cannot feel "up" or "down"

    Rose Schatz - Guest Teacher at Idea Families from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    how do you use the bathroom in space?

    We have a funnel, tube, vacuum cleaner hose for urine, and a potty can with air going into it, for the other one.

    Rose Schatz - Guest Teacher at Idea Families from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    What kind of schooling do you need to be an astronaut?

    Today, a technical background, or medical, biological, geological, engineering. Tomorrow, just a good general schooling, and somebody rich enough to pay your ticket.

    John - Chat Guest at HANNAN HOMESCHOOL from Homer, Alaska asks:
    Has being in space inspired you to live differently?

    Yes, I think about the earth and humanity as being very interrelated, and depend on each other. I cannot ignore other peoples or countries when I think about our problems.

    Michael - Chat Guest at DunnWrite Homeschool from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    How many G's do you go through when the Space Shuttle takes off?

    3, max.

    melony - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    McNair Academy Milwaukee WI. Isaiah-When you run out of gas what do you do?

    We never have, because people watch over us in the control center.

    Elizabeth - Chat Guest at Spencer from Brighton, Michigan asks:
    Is there anything easier to do in space than on Earth?

    Float, sleep.

    Hollie Miller - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from Depere, 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 Dr. Foale for hosting our chat today.

    tiffany - Chat Guest at badger road elementery from north pole, alaska asks:
    what food did you eat in space?

    see below. good food.

    Samuel - Chat Guest at Mamie Lou Gross First Grade from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    Do you have to be a good student to become an astronaut?

    To work at NASA, yes. As a tourist, also yes, to earn enough money!

    Susan anderson - Chat Guest at Stockwell Elementary School from Evansville, Indiana asks:
    Sara and Phoenix, both age 10, want to know what the C stands for, in your name.

    Colin. My Dad's name.

    Caleigh - Chat Guest at Mamie Lou Gross First Grade from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    Do you ever get sick when you are up in space?

    Once or twice, for half an hour or so. We have a good medicine if it happens.

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    When was your last flight to space? Megan

    I landed from ISS in 29th April last year

    Lawrence - Chat Guest at Rhode Island School of Design from Providence, Rhode Island asks:
    Do you have a lot of free time on the ISS? How do you spend the free time?

    Not much, which is good, since you need to stay busy with only one other person there.

    Alex - Chat Guest at GateWay Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    How old were you when you first wen to space?

    35 - really old, I thought. I think you should be able to go when you are 18 or so, but the people who pay for the trips want you to be productive and usefuly, so they expect you to train a lot, and have attended a lot of school.

    Diana Caldeira - Teacher at Parmalee Elementary School from Indian Hills, Colorado asks:
    What were some of the things that you did when you were up in space for 374 days?

    Lots of experiments. I fixed a lot of different things. I wrote email home, and did some space walks.

    Hollie Miller - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from Depere, 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!

    Mrs. Laura Fantazzi - Chat Guest at Badger Road Elementary from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    Thank you, Dr. Foale! As you can see, my class has submitted many questions to you! We were all excited to be a part of this live chat. My question is; How many crews did you work with while you were on the ISS and where were they from?

    Basically 3 crews. We replaced an american and russian, we flew up with a spaniard, and my crewmate was russian. We came home with a dutchman.

    Diana Caldeira - Teacher at Parmalee Elementary School from Indian Hills, Colorado asks:
    Have you ever gotten motion sickness while flying in the shuttle?

    Once, I think. It was not for very long.

    William - Chat Guest at Alakanuk School from Alakanuk, Alaska asks:
    how much excercise do you do in space?

    Lots. 2 hrs of time each day, 1 hr of actual activity.

    John - Chat Guest at HANNAN HOMESCHOOL from Homer, Alaska asks:
    Did you have any malfunctions on your flight?

    Many. Part of the job is fixing or working around these.

    Mrs. Wuske's Class - Chat Guest at Marion High School from Marion, Wisconsin asks:
    What made you want to become an astronaut?

    See below. Books on space, astronomy.

    Rose Schatz - Guest Teacher at Idea Families from North Pole, Alaska asks:
    Thank you for chatting with us today it was very educational Miranda and Jon

    I am glad. I hope people are inspired to think what space would be like for them, and what humans will be doing on the moon, and other planets, in the future.

    Reed - Chat Guest at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    What was the longest you were in space at one time?

    195 days

    John - Chat Guest at HANNAN HOMESCHOOL from Homer, Alaska asks:
    What was it like to walk in space?

    Great! The best experience I have ever had.

    Hollie Miller - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from Depere, Wisconsin comments:
    12/6/2005 11:59:42 AM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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