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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (lee2004 Chat Log)During this online chat, 483 questions were asked by 46 schools. There were 54 adults and 329 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Astronaut Col. Mark Lee of ORBITEC

    Kerrie Brandt - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 10/21/04 at 12:30.

    Kerrie Brandt - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.

    Kerrie Brandt - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Mark Lee will be rejoining us shortly.

    Anne Smith - Chat Guest at Bowler Elementary from Bowler, WI asks:
    Mr. Lee, when your biography says you have walked in space untethered, explain how that is done.

    I was wearing a jet pack which enabled me to fly in the vicinity of the space shuttle while we were in orbit.

    Steven - Chat Guest at Langston from Hot Springs, Arkansas asks:
    What did you do in the space shuttle?

    I was a mission specialist and deployed a satellite, worked on scientific experiments, went on 4 space walks and operated the mechanical arm on my 4 missions into space.

    Sean - Chat Guest at Langston from Hot Springs, A.R. asks:
    What was it like when you fixed the Hubble Telescope?

    There is a great deal of pressure to do the job correctly because the space telescope has been such a remarkable instrument. The space walks themselves are so well choreographed that the move along quickly and there aren't many surprises. Every minute of a space walk is a memorable experience

    Daniela - Chat Guest at Nightingale middle school from Los angeles, California asks:
    If you know that going out in space is very dangeroures, why would you go?

    Because of the experience of being in space, the benefits to mankind, the desire to explor, advancement of technology, etc

    Tatiana - Chat Guest at Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    What made you want to be an astronaut?

    Growing up in the1960s was a remarkable time to watch the space program---I decided in 3rd grade to be an astronaut and everything I did in life was centered around acheiving that goal

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    Were you scared on your first trip ?

    Everyone is scared a little bit---you think the mission will go fine but there is always the risk in the back of your mind

    Hero - Chat Guest at Nightingale from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Was outer space beautiful?

    Outer space is beyond beautiful---it is truely a live changing experience to view the earth from the vantage point of space

    Barry Fraioli - Chat Guest at John F. Kennedy Magnet School from Port Chester, New York asks:
    Do Astronuts dream in Space?

    Yes--sleep is not much different than here on earth

    Diana - Chat Guest at Nightingale middle school from Los Angeles, California asks:
    have you ever seen aliens in space?

    No

    Beth Lee - Chat Guest at Cashton Elementary School from Cashton, WI asks:
    My 2nd graders want to know what your favorite thing about being in space was.

    Floating in the cabin and watching the earth go by

    Shelly Clark - Teacher at Langston Aerospace Environ from Hot Springs, Arkansas asks:
    It says in your bio you performed an untethered spacewalk. I thought all spacewalks were tethered. Can you explain that mission in more detail?

    It was a test flight of a jet pack now worn by all astronauts as safety device in the event they become disconnected from the space station

    Patrick - Chat Guest at Mt. Lehman from Abbotsford, BC asks:
    Do you get communications with your family when your in space?

    Yes--communication is possible trhough a satellite phone, normal shuttle communication lines and previously on Ham radios

    Ashlee - Chat Guest at Langston from Hot Springs, AR asks:
    Have you ever road vomet comet ?

    I've been on it a few times fto test equipment but it is not routinely used by astronauts to train for missions

    Lynn - Chat Guest at JFK from Port Chester, NY asks:
    Being a ten year and interested in space travel, do you think there will be a time, that my friends and I will be able to travel in space easily?

    I think short visits to space as we are seeing now(5 minutes) will become common place and we will see suborbital flights from New York to Tokyo as an example in the near future

    Aaron - Chat Guest at Langston from Hot Springs, AR asks:
    Have you ever met Yuri Gagerin?

    He died long before I became an astronaut

    Karla Purcell - Chat Guest at Johm F. Kennedy Magnet School from Port Chester, NY asks:
    How does the space ship stay in place when you go out to fix something?

    The ship, you, what you are working on--- all continue to orbit the earth. As long as you do not change your trajectory you will all continue to fall around the earth together

    Karla - Chat Guest at John F Kennedy from Port Chester, NY asks:
    My students would like to know if you go too far will you get swallowed into a dark hole?

    Not in the space shuttle but there are black holes all over the universe and entire galaxies can be pulled into black holes

    Rainer - Chat Guest at from , Wiscosin asks:
    Were are you chating from.

    Madison Wi---I now work for a company called ORBITEC and we are making experiments that will be flown to the space station

    Brian - Chat Guest at Too old for school from Bangor, Wisconsin asks:
    Are we ever going to the moon again? And did we ever really go to the moon?

    Yes we definitely went to the moon and Ive talked to the people who went there. We will go again and hopefully within the next 15 years

    Karla Purcell - Chat Guest at John F Kennedy from Port Chester, NY asks:
    My students want to know how you move around when you are floating, is like swimming?

    Not like swimming because there is nothing to push on like water. To move across the cabin you gently push off from a wall and float across the cabin

    Aaron - Chat Guest at Langston from Hot Springs, AR asks:
    How heavy is your space suit?

    It weighs about 300 pounds on earth

    Michael - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Do you like space food.

    It's good but it is packaged for some time, irradiated, dehydrated, and many other processes to make it save to eat----so it is OK but not something you would elect to eat on earth if you had the choice

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    will you travel to the ISS again?

    No--I've retired from the astronaut corps and will nto have the chance to go again

    Cheryl Reinke - Teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary from Marco Island, Florida asks:
    What is the fastest speed you have ever traveled?

    Abotu 17,500 miles per hour or 5 miles asecond

    Lynn - Chat Guest at JFK from Port Chester, NY asks:
    What was the most dangerous experience you have had as an astronaut?

    The launches and spacewalks I've always considered the most dagerous although on my flights we had no problems

    Leslie - Chat Guest at Nightingale Middle School from Los Angeles, California asks:
    Where does your waste go after you flush the toilet in the space shuttle?

    The liquid waste is stored and dumped overboard and solid waste is brought back to earth on the shuttle

    Esther Derington - Teacher at Aquilla School from Aquilla, Texas asks:
    This is Charissa: How does it feel to walk outside the space shuttle?

    Just imagine floating 200 miles above the earth with the earth below and this incredible view of the stars. It is so beautiful and awe inspiring

    jhoniequea - Chat Guest at Langston from Hot Spring, AR asks:
    Why did you retire

    It was time to move on---all astronauts eventually need to move on and it was the right time for me

    Kerrie Brandt - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    This 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 Col. Mark Lee for being our chat host today.

    Kerrie Brandt - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Please join us again next month for a chat with John Gruener, Planetary Scientist with NASA. Mr. Gruener will chat about future lunar exploration from 11:00 a.m. - Noon (central time) on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004.

    Kerrie Brandt - 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/communications/chats.html . We look forward to seeing you all again!

    Kerrie Brandt - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    After the room is closed, you can view a log of the entire chat at http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/communications/viewlog.html?lee2004

    Kerrie Brandt - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    10/21/2004 1:44:49 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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