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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (marcks2007 Chat Log)During this online chat, 160 questions were asked by 21 schools. There were 12 adults and 66 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Jason Marcks of Space Education Initiatives

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 02/28/07 at 12:29.

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Space Explorers would like to welcome Jason Marcks 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!

    Annette Lopez - Teacher at Ps 306 The Education Complex from Bronx, New York asks:
    During the Space Shuttle's reentry, what causes the heat scheilds to reach the hot temperature?

    Friction with teh earth's atmosphere. The Space Shuttle like any spacecraft slows down by using the earth atmosphere as a break

    Patricia Novy - Teacher at St. Francis Xavier School from Merrill, Wisconsin asks:
    What new changes do you see for future rocket flights?

    Patricia I encourage you to visit NASA's website to view the new diagrams and pictures of NASA's Ares 1 and 5 rockets that will be built and launched in the next 10 years. I also see the United States space program using Delta and Atlas rockets for unmanned missions in the coming decades

    Anthony Prozzoly - Teacher at Mamie Lou Gross from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    Do you think there might be another universe other than the one we are in?

    By definition the universe is everything

    Student - Student at Washington Elementary, Harold from Chicago, Illinois asks:
    do you know what is mars like?if you do can you tell me.

    Mars is somewhat like the Earth, It has rocks, clouds (very thin clouds), a thin atmosphere. However it is very dry and the temperature are very cold compared to those here on Earth. We also have found no evidence of life on Mars. So imagine a very dry, cold, desert with nothing alive and you have a good idea of what Mars is like.

    Mrs.Welander's class - Chat Guest at Horizon High from Thornton, CO asks:
    how possible do you think it'll be to traverse to other planets and colonize there in the near future?

    Define near please, In the next 50 years? Not very likely, In the next 500 years I definitely think so.

    Jennifer Seimer - Teacher at Grant Public Schools from Grant, Oklahoma asks:
    What is your favorite thing about the space program?

    My favorite thing about the space program is the problem solving that goes on. When a mission is designed it has to overcome so many technical and engineering problems to be successful. Many times people working on a mission have to invent a new piece of equipment to complete a task they want their vehicle to perform and that isn't always easy.

    Jeanine Dunn - Teacher at Mcnair Academy Of Science from Milwaukee, Wisconsin asks:
    When is the next shuttle launch?

    Rright now NASA isn't sure. There was a shuttle launch schedule for mid March but because of some hail damage to the external tank the launch has been pushed back to at least late April

    Josef - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    If they try to launch a shuttle from the moon could they crash into Earth?

    The shuttle isn't able to fly to the Moon and would never be launched from the Moon so no.

    Kerry - Chat Guest at Horizon High School from Thornton, Colorado asks:
    When will we be able to travel between planets

    well we send robotic missions to other planets now. We may be able to send humans to Mars as early as 2030.

    Mrs.Welander's class - Chat Guest at Horizon High from Thornton, CO asks:
    Have there ever been any spacecrafts or satelites hit by comets or asteroids and been destroyed?

    Spacecraft and satellites have been hit by tiny micrometeorite sand suffered damage but to my knowledge none of them have been completely destroyed.

    Anthony Prozzoly - Teacher at Mamie Lou Gross from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    Do you think there would ever be a war over planetary land rights? How do we prevent one from happening?

    As far as a war ever happening that is anyones guess but there is a treaty that covers the ownership of teh Moona nd other planets. The Moon Agreement is an international treaty that turns jurisdiction of all heavenly bodies over to the international community

    Kayleigh - Student at Spring Hill Elementary from Anchorage, Alaska asks:
    how was the space shuttle first craeted?

    NASA engineers came up with design specifications and companies bid on contracts to build different parts of the shuttle

    Maria - Chat Guest at columbia Elementary from burbank, WA asks:
    I am a second grader, and I would like to know what happens if you jump really high on the moon? Will you float away, or will you come back down?

    Even though the moons gravity is only 1/6 of Earth's you would never be able to "jump" off the moon. It's gravity would always pull you back down just like here on Earth. When you get to high school remember to ask your physics teacher about escape velocity.

    Blake - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    DO YOU THINK THERE IS GOING TO BE LIFE ON MARS

    I think it is possible we might find evidence of life but it won't be anything above microbial size

    Jeanine Dunn - Teacher at Mcnair Academy Of Science from Milwaukee, Wisconsin asks:
    Jason can you explain to my 2nd graders at Hopkins What space camp is?

    Hi Jeanine! Space Camp is school in Huntsville Alabama where you can go and undergo some of the same training astronauts do. You can also fly space shuttle simulators and learn many things about how you can become and astronaut some day.

    Jeanine Dunn - Teacher at Mcnair Academy Of Science from Milwaukee, Wisconsin asks:
    Is it true that they put American flag on the moon?

    Yes each of the six Apollo missions that landed on the moon left behind and American Flag

    Jacob - Chat Guest at McKinley from Enid, OK asks:
    Do you know if there will be colonies on the moon?

    NASA is planning a Moon base for the 2020's and a colony could be established after that

    Carolyn Bell - Teacher at Cotton Plant Elementary from Cotton Plant, Arkansas asks:
    Do you think there will ever be an opportunity for children to go on a space flight? if so, how soon do you think that could occur?

    maybe someday but by the time they do you wont be a child anymore :)

    Crystal Greer - Chat Guest at Columbia Elementary from Burbank, WA asks:
    One of my second graders would like to know if you will ever be able to fly to the sun?

    It is too hot for any material we have

    Jeremiah - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    How do you control the robots from NASA

    Much like a remote control car. You send radio waves carrying instructions for what you want it to do. Some robots like the MER rovers Spirit and Opportunity can even make some decisions for themselves

    Mrs.Welander's class - Chat Guest at Horizon High from Thornton, CO asks:
    what happenes when something gets sucked in to a black hole, where does it go?

    It becomes part of the blaclk hole. A black hole is simply a star with so much mass that not even light can escape. Again ask your high school science teacher about escape velocity

    Student - Student at Washington Elementary, Harold from Chicago, Illinois asks:
    do coments land on mars?

    yes

    Blade - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Do you think we will ever get humans or robots to Jupiter or Saturn?

    We already ahve sent numerous robots to Jupiter and Saturn and someday humans will explore those systems as well . The Moons of Jupiter and Saturn are especially interesting to scientists

    morgan - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Hi, Jason - this is Bowler Elem and Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Smith and Tom Smith all say hi! Thanks for being on today!

    Hi Gang!

    LaKeisha - Chat Guest at Bowler school from Bowler, W.I asks:
    Do you think it is possible that there could actually be other living creatures in a different gallexy and/or planets?

    I definitely do. To quite from the movie Contact "if not, it's an awful waste of space" I really hope that we are not alone in this grand universe.

    Mrs.Welander's class - Chat Guest at Horizon High from Thornton, CO asks:
    When is an actual human going to travel to another planet?

    Hopefully Mars in the 2030's

    Mrs.Welander's class - Chat Guest at Horizon High from Thornton, CO asks:
    how many years do you think it would take for us to get space stations outside our solar system and be able to observe our galaxy?

    When one of your students invents a way for us to travel much faster then we can now. It could happen in the next 50 to 100 years IF science progresses quickly enough and new technologies are invented.

    Trace - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    did a shuttle ever hit the sun

    no

    Anthony Prozzoly - Teacher at Mamie Lou Gross from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    What kinds of things do they do at Space Camp to get people my age (9) interested in learning about space travel?

    Space Camp is school in Huntsville Alabama where you can go and undergo some of the same training astronauts do

    Justin - Chat Guest at Columbia Elementary from Burbank, WA asks:
    I am a first grader, and I would like to know if you can run laps in space?

    You can run on a treadmill in space. Astronauts use elastic cords to hold themselves against the treadmill. Keep in mind it only takes the space station 90 minutes to go around the Earth so not only can you run laps in space but if you run long enough you can run lapse around the Earth in space.

    Mrs. Welander's clas - Chat Guest at Horizon High from Thornton, CO asks:
    When do you think, realistically, space tourism will be available to the general public?

    It is now if you have 20 million dollars. And you will definitely be able to buy suborbital flights by 2010

    Gabrielle - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    how old is mars

    About the same as the Earth. 4.6 Billion years old. That's 4,600,000,000 years

    Q. - Student at Clay High School from West Portsmouth, Ohio asks:
    what would i weigh in outer space? i weigh 130lbs

    yoru weight woud dbe 0 but your mass would be 130 pounds

    Jeanine Dunn - Teacher at Mcnair Academy Of Science from Milwaukee, Wisconsin asks:
    Would you like to go to space?

    yes, wouldn't you?

    Blade - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Do you think robots are better at exploring planets than humans?

    I think robots can do many things but humans are able to think and adapts much faster then robots. Plus robots can never describe beauty or solve problems they weren't designed to handle so my answer is no.

    Austin - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Do you think that NASA will ever be able to make a shutle to go to Pluto?

    Not a Space Shuttle but maybe another space vehicle

    LaKeisha - Chat Guest at Bowler school from Bowler, W.I asks:
    Do you think that kids could in the future go to a space camp on the moon or planet?

    Yes definitely

    Mrs.Welander's class - Chat Guest at Horizon High from Thornton, CO asks:
    How many satellites are orbiting the Earth?

    thousands

    Anthony Prozzoly - Teacher at Mamie Lou Gross from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    What planet are we seriously considering pioneering because it could be possible to successfully live there?

    Mars is the best candidate right now because it isn't extremely cold or extremely hot and we may be able to find many of the resources we need for a colony right there on the surface of the planet

    Patricia Novy - Teacher at St. Francis Xavier School from Merrill, Wisconsin asks:
    What are the most complicated controls on the space shuttle?

    I would save navigation and guidance

    Patricia Novy - Teacher at St. Francis Xavier School from Merrill, Wisconsin asks:
    Hi, I'm Evan, I'm 11, and by the time I'm 30 what do you think human exploration will be like?

    Evan when your 30 human beings will be exploring the Moon and be preparing to travel to Mars for the first time. if you studied hard and became an astronaut you could be one of the first people to visit Mars

    Jacob - Chat Guest at McKinley from Enid, OK asks:
    Will there ever be wepons in space?

    I hope not

    Brittany - Chat Guest at Horizon from , asks:
    Why did you choose to pursue a career in space education?

    I love space, airplanes, and science and a teacher once told me "find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life" so I did and it has been fun

    Weston - Chat Guest at Horizon High school from Thornton, Colorado asks:
    Has a satellite visited Pluto

    No but one named "New Horizons" is on it's way there now.

    Trace - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    dose NASA have any robots on any other planet besides Mars?

    No planets but there was a robot probe that landed on Titan a moon of Saturn and the Russians sent two robot landers to Venus in the 1970's

    Josef - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Do you have to use airodynamics when you build a space-ship?

    Definitely, Aerodynamics places a key role in the design of any launch vehicle. BUT once something like a satellite or planetary probe reaches space aerodynamics becomes almost insignificant

    Mrs.Welander's class - Chat Guest at Horizon High from Thornton, CO asks:
    How many probes have been on Venus?

    Two Soviet Venera probes landed on venus in the 1970's

    alicia - Chat Guest at horizon from thornton, co asks:
    do you think we would be able to go past pluto with satellites?

    We alredy have

    Jacob - Chat Guest at McKinley from Enid, OK asks:
    Is there a protection system if earth was attacked?

    no

    Kris - Chat Guest at Horizon High School from Denver, Colorado asks:
    do you think we'll ever be able to buy homes on the moon?

    maybe some day

    Josef - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    When the shuttle enters the atmosphere is there any way to slow down other than when you slow down from entering the atmosphere?

    you can use engines to slow down but that is very, very, very expensive so it is cheaper to use atmospheric friction to slow down.

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. 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 Jason Marcks for hosting our chat today.

    julio - Chat Guest at no from no, no asks:
    why cant we go past our galixy how come we cant go faster than light speed

    Well first it would take a long time to travel outside of our galaxy at the speeds we can currently travel. As far as not being able to travel faster then light you will have to ask Albert Einstein that question because according to his theory of general relativity it is impossible. To put it simple his theory states that the faster you go the harder it is to go faster.

    Mason - Chat Guest at Horizon from Thornton, Colorado asks:
    Do you think space exploration will ever be available to anybody other than astronauts

    well in a few years you will be able to but suborbital spaceflight

    julio - Chat Guest at no from no, no asks:
    u think there is planets behind planet x

    I think we have found all the "planets" were going to find in our solar system. Everything else is Kiper Belt objects and dwarf planets like Pluto

    Weston - Chat Guest at Horizon High school from Thornton, Colorado asks:
    What makes pluto a Dwarf planet

    It is just a definition decided on by the International Astronomical Union

    Corey - Chat Guest at Horizon Highschool from Thornton, Colorado asks:
    Do you think that there is extra territrial life out there?

    Yes i do but that is just MY opinion

    Corey - Chat Guest at Horizon Highschool from Thornton, Colorado asks:
    What do you think of the space hotel idea?

    Sure woud dbe fun don't you think?

    Trace - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    what school did you go to and was it a good place to learn about space?

    I have gone to lots of schools and they were all great

    Patricia Novy - Teacher at St. Francis Xavier School from Merrill, Wisconsin asks:
    What do you think was the most important event in space flight history?

    The first Moon Landing of Apollo 11

    Jeremiah - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Is pulto made out of ice

    nope, It has ice on it but were not sure what kind and it is made up of a rocky core

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - 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/events/chats.html . We look forward to chatting with you again!

    blake - Chat Guest at bowler from , wisconsin asks:
    Do you think there is going to be robots on Jupiter

    not on but around. We have already sent robotic spaceships to orbit Jupiter

    Mrs.Weladner's Class - Chat Guest at Horizon Highschool from Thornton, Colorado asks:
    What do you think of Hotels in space

    Sure woud be fun don't you think?

    jessica - Chat Guest at horizion from thorton, colorado asks:
    what do you think of our future in space?

    I think our future is what we decide to make it. We can do whatever we set our mind to

    Anthony Prozzoly - Teacher at Mamie Lou Gross from Woodbine, Georgia asks:
    When we arrive on new heavenly bodies, what types of experiments and inventions can you envision?

    Well we would first look for signs of life and then materials that we as humans might find useful if we were to send human explorers.

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    2/28/2007 1:32:04 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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