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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (gibson2005 Chat Log)During this online chat, 431 questions were asked by 26 schools. There were 62 adults and 58 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Dr. Edward Gibson of Science Applications International Corporation

    Chrissy Paape - Moderator at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 04/25/05 at 13:00.

    Pamela Braley - Teacher at Glade Creek Elementary School from Ennice, North Carolina asks:
    What was Skylab like?

    A home away from home -- better view (half the US at one time) and a great way to lose weight!

    Melinda Juergens - Guest Teacher at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    what mad you decide to be an astronaut?

    It was a chance in a lifetime to make a major contribution to science and spaceflight, the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of an exciting and worthwhile cause, and the chance to fly high performance aircraft.

    Jean Durrett - Teacher at Maedgen Elementary School from Lubbock, Texas asks:
    Dr. Gibson, your 18 hours of space walks in the Skylab III program in 1974 were lengthy for the time. I know Amy Ross, Jerry Ross's daughter, has been working on gloves for the space suit. Have the gloves improved (helped with the cold) since your 1974 EVA's?

    Yes, they have improved some, but we are a long way from the "spray-on" glove. I hope no one gets "blue fingernails" like I did during one EVA.

    Jessica Berberich - Teacher at South Buffalo Elementary from Freeport, Pennsylvania asks:
    What made you become an astronaut?

    see previous answer

    Jessica Berberich - Teacher at South Buffalo Elementary from Freeport, Pennsylvania asks:
    Is the USA flag still on the moon? If so, have you seen it?

    Yes, all six flags are still on the moon. They have changed color from the ultra violet radiation, we all think, but no none has been back to check. Maybe you will get a chance -- study hard!

    Steve Steffensen - Teacher at Kodiak Christian School from Kodiak, Alaska asks:
    Did you sleep on the wall while in the Sky Lab?

    I slept in a pouch that held me down against a flat surface. Down here the surface would be called a wall. Up there, it made no difference. .

    Susan Abell - Teacher at St. Johns School from Madison, Alabama asks:
    Joshua would like to know, "Did you ever get to use a jet pack, or go deep into space?"

    Not really. We had a test version of the jet pack that we tested inside of Skylab. I was out on three spacewalks and had the experience of looking at the Earth, 270 miles down, with nothing hold me or around me. Get's the heart going!

    Susan Abell - Teacher at St. Johns School from Madison, Alabama asks:
    Bonner would like to ask, "How long would it take if an astronaut actually traveled to Pluto?"

    I do not have an exact figure. It will take 1/2 to 1.0 years to go to Mars. Pluto will take many years longer.

    Samuel - Chat Guest at Bristol Bay High School from King Salmon, Alaska asks:
    what was the best part about space

    I like viewing the Earth. It was always interesting and beautiful! I also like the spacewalks.

    Cindy Renkas - Teacher at Escuela Campo Alegre from Miami, Florida asks:
    Is a space suit heavy?

    Yes, down here it weighs 40 or 50 pounds with all of the equipment on it. Up there, its weight was 0.

    Jennifer Mastromonico - Teacher at Meigs Middle School from Shalimar, Florida asks:
    How long does it take to go through the astronaut program?

    It takes about three years; two years of general training and one year of specific mission training.

    Jean Durrett - Teacher at Maedgen Elementary School from Lubbock, Texas asks:
    Do you know what fuel is being developed to enable an astronaut to go to Mars?

    Hydrogen and oxygen to get off the ground and into orbit. One system considered for thrusting to Mars is ion propulsion, which useselectricity to accelerate chaged ions out the back end at high speed.

    student - Student at Bristol Bay Borough from Naknek, Alaska asks:
    how did it feel when u came home from space?

    HEAVY! I felt like a weighed three time my normal weight. I was disappointed because then had to carry 170 pounds of meat and bone around with me for the rest of my life. No more finger pushoffs and floating.

    Susan Abell - Teacher at St. Johns School from Madison, Alabama asks:
    Elena would like to ask. "When do you think that the astronauts will go to Mars?"

    We could go in 8 years, if the country made a strong committment to do so now. In reality, I think it will happen in 20 to 30 years -- just in time for you to be ready!

    Barbara Parker - Teacher at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, Alaska asks:
    1. What does a science pilot do, and is it an important one?

    The science pilot was inchage of most of the science jobs on the space station. If the mission is to do science, it is a very important job.

    Imani - Chat Guest at Langston from , asks:
    How long will it be before we go to the moon.

    We could go in 7 years, if the country made a strong committment to do so now. In reality, I think it will happen in 20 to 30 years -- just in time for you to be ready!

    Jodi Doster - Teacher at Bristol Bay Borough from Naknek, Alaska asks:
    Hi who took the record for being in space the longest from you?

    Norm Thagaard. He did it on a Russian space station.

    luis - Chat Guest at langston from , asks:
    How Big Is The Moon?

    It is about 1/4 the diameter of Earth; therefore, its volume is about 1/64 of Earth.

    Jennifer Bleicher - Teacher at Cottonwood Creek Elementary from Wasilla, Alaska asks:
    When did you first become an astronaunt?

    1965

    Preston - Chat Guest at Langston from , asks:
    Where were you born.

    Buffalo, NY

    Briana - Student at Mondovi Public Schools from Mondovi, Wisconsin asks:
    do plants really grow in space?

    Yes, if they have the right soil or neutrients. They tend to grow toward the light.

    Susan Abell - Teacher at St. Johns School from Madison, Alabama asks:
    Both Fourth Grade Classes from St. John's have enjoyed visiting with you today, thank you!

    Thanks you. Aim high and study hard!

    Jennifer Mastromonico - Teacher at Meigs Middle School from Shalimar, Florida asks:
    Brayden asks: How fast were you traveling when you left the Earth's atmosphere?

    We traveled at almost 18,000 mph or 5 miles a second when we reached orbit.

    Jennifer Bleicher - Teacher at Cottonwood Creek Elementary from Wasilla, Alaska asks:
    Alex Svoboda from Cottonwood Creek- Were you nervous when you first went into space?

    I was excited. My heart rate was 120 beats per minute. Normally it is half that. however, I was not nervous. Because of my time in high-performance aircraft and other training, my mind was on the job.

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    My grandpa's last name is gibson too!-Mason

    Sounds like a smart man already!

    Chris - Chat Guest at Langston from , asks:
    Did Skylab teach us anything we could use on the international space station?

    Yes: How to protect against calcium loss from our bones, how to run a space station, how to schedule time, how to exercise, etc.

    Jennifer Bleicher - Teacher at Cottonwood Creek Elementary from Wasilla, Alaska asks:
    Eric Dutton Wasilla Alaska- How many stars do you think we can see from Earth?

    It is about the same as down here by eye. Almost all of the light in the visible spectrum that we "see" makes it through the atmosphere, even if it does shimmer a bit. When we look at wavelengths outside of the visible, we have to go into space.

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    Have you driven a lunar rover?

    None on the Moon, just one training vehicle down here on Earth.

    Jonathan Wong - Chat Guest at Monmouth Regional High School from Tinton Falls, NJ asks:
    When will the International Space Station be completed?

    It should be completed in a few years, if we can get the Shuttle to fly to it 5 or 6 times a year.

    Dan - Chat Guest at Monmouth Regional from Tinton Falls, New Jersey asks:
    is the astronaut test hard, or easy??

    Hard. If it wasn't, everybody would be an Astronaut.

    david pinkus - Chat Guest at monmouth regional high school from tinton falls, new jersey asks:
    did you get nauseous in space?

    No. I did not. But my crewmate, Bill Pogue, did get sick.

    Barbara Parker - Teacher at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, Alaska asks:
    How long did you srve as a crewmember of the apollo 12 missions?

    We could walk reasonably well when we first got back. However, the doctors wanted us isolated so that we would not get sick from contaqct with other people. Once they were sure we were OK, we were released (about 3 days from landing).

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    Is it true that your skin would inflate if you took off your helmet in space? Cody

    Yes, you would expand because the gases in our blood and tissue would start to boil out without pressure on them. Don't try it at home.

    Randy - Chat Guest at Harvard from Boston, Massachusetts asks:
    How much money does it cost to send up a shuttle into space

    $250 to $400, dpending what expense you include. That is way too much and has to come down.

    Chris - Chat Guest at Langston from , asks:
    what is the most important character trait that an astronaut needs?

    Vision, honesty, a good work ethic, courage, and a sense of humor.

    student - Student at Bristol Bay Borough from Naknek, Alaska asks:
    how cold is it in space?

    In space there is nothing there to measue, so there is no answer. If you look at things that are in space, like the moon, it goes from +250 to about - 250 depending upon whether it is night or day.

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    How dangerous is a spacewalk? Brian

    It is really safe, if you are careful with your suit before and during the spacwwalk.

    Jennifer Bleicher - Teacher at Cottonwood Creek Elementary from Wasilla, Alaska asks:
    Morgan Morfe-Is water the only thing you can drink in space?

    No. You can drink anything in space that you can on Earth.

    Jean Durrett - Teacher at Maedgen Elementary School from Lubbock, Texas asks:
    I'm very proud of you and what you have accomplished. Do you have advice for our students regarding school and education?

    You bet. I started out slow (president of my 1st grade class 2 years in a row). It took me time to understand that I could do almost anything with my life--if I want to work hard enough! The same is true for each of you. Education is not a chore, it's an opportunity that is only given to you only once. Make good use of it if you want to enjoy doing your favorite things for the rest of your life and get well paid for it. Aim high. Work hard. Enjoy.

    david pinkus - Chat Guest at monmouth regional high school from tinton falls, new jersey asks:
    where did you land when you returned to earth?

    About 250 miles southwest of San Diego. We landed 3 miles from the aircraft carrier that was there to pick us up.

    Jodi Doster - Teacher at Bristol Bay Borough from Naknek, Alaska asks:
    Do you lose muscle mass in space?

    No, very little. I lost some in the legs, even though I excercised my legs on our treadmill. Exercise is the key.

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    Is a lunar year different than an Earth year? Cody

    No, not if you mean the time it takes to go around the sun once, since it travels with the Earth. However, its day is 28 of ours.

    Chrissy Paape - Moderator at Space Explorers 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 Dr. Edward Gibson for being our chat host today.

    Imani - Chat Guest at Langston from , asks:
    do you have to have a certain kind of collage degree to be an astronaut

    Yes. It should be a technical degree of some kind. Engineering, physics, chemistry, math, etc. Pilots also need to have gone through test pilot school. Mission specialists need a Ph.D. or the equivalent.

    Jason Daniels - Teacher at K Beach Elementary School from Soldotna, Alaska asks:
    What do you do for a living besides being an astronaut? Preston

    I am a program manager, a contract manager, writer, lecturer, and father (most important).

    Barbara Parker - Teacher at Delta Cyber School from Delta Junction, Alaska asks:
    How long does it take to put on your space suit? Do you have help getting it on?

    About 20 minutes. Yes, Jerry Carr help me as I help him.

    Chrissy Paape - Moderator at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Visit http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/events/ to learn about more exciting events and activities your classroom can participate in.

    chris - Chat Guest at mrhs from tf, nj asks:
    Do you think space travel could ever be available to the public?

    Yes. Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic will sell seats for $200,000 on his version of Space Ship One that he is buying from Burt Rutan. Pioneer Rocketplane will also offer seats. In many years from now, hundreds of people will fly each year for much less than $200,000. Some day we will have Tourist Modules on a Space Station.

    Jodi Doster - Teacher at Bristol Bay Borough from Naknek, Alaska asks:
    Thank-you Dr. Gibson from Naknek, AK

    Thank you!

    Jonathan Wong - Chat Guest at Monmouth Regional High School from Tinton Falls, NJ asks:
    What do you do for fun in space?

    Look out the window.

    Dan - Chat Guest at Monmouth Regional HS from Eatontown, NJ asks:
    Is it hard to eat in Space?

    No. Easy.

    Steve Steffensen - Teacher at Kodiak Christian School from Kodiak, Alaska asks:
    What was the most frightening moment you have experienced?

    None in space. Down here . . . giving my kids driving lessons.

    Ray - Chat Guest at The School of Life from Huntington Beach, ca asks:
    Dr. Gibson, I had the pleasure of meeting you at Burbank last year, you were very gracious, down to earth and very articulate. Why aren't the Apollo era astros campaigning congress to fund a lunar & Mars program? The public & congress don't realize the incredible benefits we all enjoy due to the M-G-A & Skylab programs, so there is little enthusiasm for going back to the moon or Mars. The M-G-A & Skylab was the most the most successful federal project in history but most people have no idea.

    Thank you for your kind words. I believe that most people understand the value of a Monn-Mars program but understand that until we have terrorism and our budget under control, it will hard to start a major new initiative. The astronauts will support it when the time is right.

    Chrissy Paape - Moderator at Space Explorers from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    4/25/2005 2:06:46 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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