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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (louc Chat Log)Hosted by Lou Carfagno of NASA

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    3/5/2003 12:28:05 PM - Room opened by Moderator.

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    Hello and welcome to the online chat with astronaut trainer Lou Carfagno.

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    Who was the youngest astronaut you have trained?

    I do not know

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    How long have you been training astronauts?

    for over 6 years

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    How many do you train at one time?

    2-3 are trained per event that I cover

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    How do they train for microgravity?

    in a place called the NBL. It is a pool that is 40 feet deep with over 6 million gallons of water

    Catalina - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Whata is your favorite part of your job?

    Helping the crew to get ready for space travel.

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    What is the hardest part of the training program?

    Making sure they have the correct sizing to fly

    Ben - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    What kind of chemicals are in the pool?

    the same chemicals like your own pool at home

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    Do you ever train kids?

    No, but I talk to a lot of schools

    Cheryl Reinke - Teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary from Marco Island, Florida asks:
    What qualities do you look for in a top astronaut?

    Well first there are no top Astronauts. They are all great and depending on the mission NASA will decide what they are looking for in a person

    Peter - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Have you ever had a problem with a spacesuit design?

    No really. We can make adjustments so the crewmembers fit real well.

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    How do you train for reentry?

    They wear a crew escape suit to protect them and they train on the Johnson Space center

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    How long does the training take to be an astronaut?

    18-24 months

    John - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    when do you start construting all of the equipment

    please restate question

    Ben - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    When the astronauts go into the pool, about how long are they in there?

    6 hours like an EVA

    Tory - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    does it cost a lot of a lot of money to make the space suits

    yes but a lot has to do with research and development

    Ashlee - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    do you want to be an astronaut?

    yes

    Jace - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Why can't we make a space suit that a micrometeorite can't go through?

    would not be possible to protect for every possible micrometerite

    Catalina - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    If you could work in another job conserning the space station what would it be?

    being an Astronaut or flight controller

    John - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    do you construct each suit specific for each astronaut before the mission, or are all the suits the same?

    all suits are modular in design and I can size it to fit anyone.

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    How long is the average mission in space?

    10-16 days

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    What is an EVA?

    Extra Vehicular Activity or space walk

    Lucca - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    how many astronauts do you in one year (average)?

    about 30-40

    Cheryl Reinke - Teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary from Marco Island, Florida asks:
    What is the best part about being an astronaut trainer?

    I make alot of friends who are in high places

    Clint - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    why are space suits white

    to reflect the heat of the sun

    Clint - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    why are space suits white

    to reflect the heat of the sun

    Gus - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    When they are training in the pool, has the suit ever cracked and leaked?

    they are allowed to leak a little air but not much and none has cracked at this point

    Christie - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Which college did you attend

    Embrey-Riddle Aeronautical University

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    What is your favorite kind of training?

    NBL or pool training

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    Do astronauts get graded throughout the training?

    Yes they do.

    Ashlee - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    do you get to try on suits

    yes I do

    Lucca - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    what do space suits feel like? the material and when you have them on.

    they feel like a rubber suit that is rock hard when pressurized

    Stephanie - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    When an astronaut is out on a spacewalk and got hit by a micrometeorite, would they still use it and fix the spacesuit, or would they throw it away?

    depending on the size of the hole..it will tell how long you can stay . if they have a hole we will look at it when they return to earth

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    How much do you have to study about space and training astronauts in order to do your job?

    basic engineering then about 3 years of space suit training to be good

    Cheryl Reinke - Teacher at Tommie Barfield Elementary from Marco Island, Florida asks:
    What is a typical training session like?

    they go into the water a practice perfroming a space walk

    Clint - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    do you like mokeys

    yes

    Stephanie - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    When an astronaut is in the pool to train for spacewalks, when they have their spacesuits on, wouldn't they sink to the bottom?

    yes and they fill with air to float

    Jennifer Linrud - Teacher at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Hey Lou! How are you? Thanks for helping me out with the glove dex info the other night. Do you think you could email me the rating system (1-5) we discussed? It will help with the activity I'm doing!

    I am doing fine. glad to hear from you. Tell your students we have their letters on the wall. E-mail me later and I will help

    Christie - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    What got u inspired to do space flight?

    to help the world become a better place for us all

    Stevi - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Had you known anyone from Columbia?

    yes

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    Are you still planning to train a teacher for a future trip?

    yes that is my mission STS-118

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    How many G's does a launching rocket ship pull?

    3

    Beth Dusek - Teacher at Olmsted Falls Middle School from Olmsted Falls, Ohio asks:
    What is your least favorite part of the training process?

    I love it all

    Ashlee - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    how much money does the gold face things cost?

    I cannot discuss figures

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    Is it harder to become an astronaut or a navy seal?

    do not know

    Sarah Francetich - Teacher at Rickard Elementary from Williston, North Dakota asks:
    Is it hard to train people to be an astronaut?

    no because they are willing to learn

    Clint - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    what degrees did you get in collige

    aviation

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    How much does a space suit weigh?

    140 lbs for the training suit and 340 lbs for the flight suit

    Keely - Student at Rickard Elementary from Williston, North Dakota asks:
    Do atronauts go through any form of training after they return to Earth?

    yes to get ready to fly again

    Tory - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    How many hours of the day do you work?

    8-10 hours a day

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    How many spacesuits do you go through in a year?

    we build and rebuild about 1000 space suits a year

    John - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    have you ever been in the space shuttle

    not yet

    Elaheh - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Is it hard to get the astrounauts in their suits?

    no we have people help them get dressed

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    Are there dorms for the people who are training?

    no they live in their own homes

    Stevi - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Are the suits over sized because you grow in space? Or are they just baggy for anotehr reason?

    we size the suit 1" longer in the waist to include growth in space

    Miles - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    In the shuttle they have conputers do they have games for in space when they are oard

    no they are too busy working everyday

    Lucca - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    do you know barbra morgan?

    yes I am training her presently

    Kyle - Student at Meadow Creek Christian School from Andover, Minnesota asks:
    how has training astrounauts changed over the years

    they learn more and are easier to train

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    How come some of the space suits are orange?

    that is the crew escape suit. It is so they can be spotted in they should bail out

    Sarah Francetich - Teacher at Rickard Elementary from Williston, North Dakota asks:
    Do you train people on how to go to the bathroom in space?

    They wear diapers in the suit or MAG Maximum Absopancy Garmet

    Periodseven 1 - Student at Nyssa Middle School from Nyssa, Oregon asks:
    When your in a hurry to get you gear on how long does it take you to do that?

    restate question

    Lucca - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    can you call someone from space?

    yes

    Michael - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    my name is michael I am intrested in enigeering and I was wanting to ask you when we will get nuclear propuls systemion

    I do not know

    Beth Dusek - Teacher at Olmsted Falls Middle School from Olmsted Falls, Ohio asks:
    I'm a student with Mrs. Dusek, What is your most interesting experience?

    working with Clint Eastwood in Space Cowboys

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    How does the body adjust to change in pressure during lift-off?

    it adjust over the first several days

    Stevi - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Has NASA ever thought of putting kids in space to see what microgravity affects happen on them?

    I do not know

    Elaheh - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Have u ever tasted space food?

    yes, it taste just like regular food

    Elaheh - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    HOw old were u when u started working at NASA?

    36 years old

    Sarah Francetich - Teacher at Rickard Elementary from Williston, North Dakota asks:
    What movies have you worked on the sets of?

    Space Cowboys and Armaggadon

    Sarah Francetich - Teacher at Rickard Elementary from Williston, North Dakota asks:
    Which actors have you worked with?

    Bruce Willis, Ben Afflick, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Cruise

    Tory - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    How many people, do you think, all together work at nasa?

    10 k

    Catalina - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    How long have you work for the space program?

    6 years

    Ashlee - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    how fast can u get asronauts dressed

    5 minutes

    Periodseven 1 - Student at Nyssa Middle School from Nyssa, Oregon asks:
    How much longet do you think you will be involved in the space studies?

    hopefully till I retire

    Tory - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    What do you like to do for your free time?

    fly, boat, and hang with my friends

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    Do you have anyone that helps you train the astronauts?

    everybody has their specific role. I am the only one who is asigned to a mission for the suits

    Stevi - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Is there a way to back out of being an astronaut if you are ready for launch?

    I guess you can leave but no one has done that yet

    Elaheh - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    My position for our simulation is mission specialist 1 do u know anybody in that position?

    yes I know several Astornauts who are EV-1 in fact every flight has an EV-1. Scott Parazynskie is EV-1 for my flight STS-118

    Keely - Student at Rickard Elementary from Williston, North Dakota asks:
    What movie did you work with Tom Cruise on?

    He did the voice for the IMAX Inside The Space Station

    Tory - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    I like space and I'm really interested, do you think I could work at NASA?

    Sure if you stay in school and take the hard classes like engineering and math

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    Thank you to all of you who submitted questions. We received many and unfortunately weren’t able to answer them all. Check back tomorrow to see an archive of the chat. Special thanks to Lou Carfagno for joining us. The chatroom will be closing at 2:30 PM Eastern Time. Be sure to join us on Friday for our chat with Dr. Morrow at 2:30 PM Eastern time.

    Lynn Jankura - Teacher at Cherokee Trail Elementary from Parker, Colorado asks:
    How many space launches do you do a year?

    2-3 I am responsible for including Hubble and Station missions

    Stevi - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    WE got to go scubadiving for our training as mission specialists in our simulation, have you ever gone?

    Not yet but I am getting certified to go in the water in the space suit

    Keely - Student at Rickard Elementary from Williston, North Dakota asks:
    How many NASA trainers are there?

    I am one of about 14 space suit engineers in the world

    Jennifer Linrud - Teacher at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    This is for all the students at Wichita Collegiate - we would like to thank you for posting our letters at the NBL. The kids all feel deeply about the continuation of the space program, and we're honored that you were able to read and share our letters. Thanks!

    My pleasure, it is students like the ones at Wichita Collegiate and their wonderful teacher like Ms. Linrud that keep the Space Program still a reality. So I want to thank you all.

    Tory - Student at Wichita Collegiate School from Wichita, Kansas asks:
    Wear did you grow up, like the state and the city?

    Philadelphia, PA

    Jeff Chappell - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    3/6/2003 11:13:50 AM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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