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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (yingst2006 Chat Log)During this online chat, 453 questions were asked by 24 schools. There were 54 adults and 95 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Dr. R. Aileen Yingst of Mars Exploration Team

    Alan Simays - Chat Guest at Hamilton High School from Sussex, WI asks:
    How is it that these two rovers have lasted this long?

    The rovers were built very, very well. We can thank the designers and engineers for being careful and thorough. They designed them to last, and last they did.

    Elaine Meinhart - Teacher at Amity Intermediate Center from Douglassville, Pennsylvania asks:
    What makes Earth the only place that anything can live? Would it be possible for a human to adapt to another planet's conditions and live on that planet?

    In answer to the first question, we assume at this point that Earth is the only place anything like 'us' can live; that may or may not be the case. As to the second question, yes, its called terraforming, and it is technically possible now, but it would take a long time and be exceedingly expensive.

    Jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood Elementary from Amherst, ny asks:
    How long does it take a rocket get to Mars? (Airic

    It depends on how fast you're going. A year or two is average.

    Shelby - Student at Ticasuk Brown Elementary from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    why do we have rovers on mars?

    So we can study Mars without risking human life. We want to know all we can about Mars before we try to send people there.

    Nidhi - Chat Guest at Montessori World from Delhi, New Dehli asks:
    i want to know whether it is correct to say that there are 10 planets or should we stick to 9 planets. If at all there is the tenth planet where can i get the details!My children are confused

    Your kids aren't the only ones. The definition of planet depends on whom you ask; the general sense in the astronomy community is that there are nine planets, not based on science but on tradition.

    Jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood Elementary from Amherst, ny asks:
    What other planets do you hope to send "rovers" to? (Dimitrios

    Name a planet - If I could, I'd send rovers to all of them!

    Bill Nutt - Guest Teacher at Great Meadows Regional from Great Meadows, New Jersey asks:
    How would you feel if you could travel to Mars?

    I would love to be an astronaut. No question.

    Elaine Meinhart - Teacher at Amity Intermediate Center from Douglassville, Pennsylvania asks:
    Have you studied the mountain on Mars that is bigger than Mt. Everest?

    Yes, I study volcanoes among other things, and Olympus Mons is a volcano. It's not only bigger than Mt. Everest, it's three times the height that a jet would fly.

    Jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood Elementary from Amherst, ny asks:
    Do you think there is or ever was water on Mars?

    Yes, the evidence now is clear that there was once water on Mars - the question is, how much? There is a possibility that liquid water occasionally exists on Mars now, when something occurs to melt the sub-surface ice layer.

    Jeff Chappell - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 01/25/06 at 10:30.

    Alan Simays - Chat Guest at Hamilton High School from Sussex, WI asks:
    Dr. Yingst, I have applied to be a member of an eight team research/seminar group that will travel to Alaska this summer to help study permafrost and gather infromation for the Phoenix mission launching in 2008. If my partner and I are selected, part of our agreement is to disseminate information through available channels and people that might be able to help us. Are you familiar with it, first of all, and secondly, can we ask for your assistance in reaching people that might be interested?

    I and some education partners are already involved in the Phoenix mission, so of course we'd be happy to assist where we can.

    Elaine Meinhart - Teacher at Amity Intermediate Center from Douglassville, Pennsylvania asks:
    What is another planet that would be likely for humans to live on?

    Hm. Mars really is the best candidate we know of so far. But maybe Europa (one of Jupiter's moons) would work, if we didn't mind living in a very cold ocean under a thick sheet of ice. I think we should probably learn how to do that on our own ocean first!

    Bill Nutt - Guest Teacher at Great Meadows Regional from Great Meadows, New Jersey asks:
    Would you ever want to go to space?

    Yes, absolutely.

    Jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood Elementary from Amherst, ny asks:
    Do you know how big Mars is ? (Molly)

    Yes, I know how big Mars is. Would YOU like to know how big Mars is? 8)

    Judy Farnham - Guest Teacher at Ticasuk Brown Elementary from Fairbanks, Alaska asks:
    In answering survival problem from the Challenger Learning Center of Alasks my students could not figure out how a .45 pistol could be used as a source of self-propulsion. Could you please explain?

    Well, think about what happens when you fire a gun. There's a kick-back. If you fire a gun in space, for example, the kick-back would propel you in the opposite direction the gun was fired. If you didn't have gravity to hold you down, you'd just move freely, the bullet going one way and you going the other. That's what Newton's laws of motion tell us.

    Jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood Elementary from Amherst, ny asks:
    What is the most interesting thing you learned about Mars? (Abby)

    That there once was a lot of water on the surface, and that it was probably much warmer than it used to be.

    Jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood Elementary from Amherst, ny asks:
    What are the interesting physical features on Mars? *Ben)

    There are many interesting features on Mars - my favorite so far is Olympus Mons, a mountain the size of the state of Arizona.

    Barbara Lindquist - Teacher at Washington Woods School from Holt, Michigan asks:
    Where in our solar system do you think we are most likely to find life and why?

    I think Mars is a good bet, at least as a place to find evidence that life was once there. But the most likely place to find life is still Earth.

    Barbara Lindquist - Teacher at Washington Woods School from Holt, Michigan asks:
    Do you think it is important to study extremophiles on earth and why?

    Studying extreme environments gives us a window on how life might survive in truly extreme environments like Mars. So yes, I think it's very important.

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    What is the average temperature on Mars?

    It depends on the season, but the temperature usually drops to more than a hundred degrees below zero F. every night. It's a nasty, cold place.

    Room 304 - Chat Guest at John C. Coonley from Chicago, ill asks:
    Is ther life on Mars?

    We have no evidence that there is life on Mars. We currently have no evidence that there ever was life on Mars.

    Jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood Elementary from Amherst, ny asks:
    Do you think there was life on Mars in the past? (Jackson)

    I do think it's possible that life once arose on Mars, but as it says below, we have no evidence that such a thing ever happened.

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    Has there been magnetic activity on Mars?

    Yes, Mars once had a magnetic field. If you're interested in seeing the data, Mars Odyssey has been returning data that maps Mars' ancient magnetism.

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    Is it possible that the fossils on Mars were microbes?

    We have yet to find any fossils on Mars, but at one point we thought we had found evidence of fossil microbes in a rock from Mars. Most scientists now think that was not the case.

    Elaine Meinhart - Teacher at Amity Intermediate Center from Douglassville, Pennsylvania asks:
    What is your next challenge to study?

    I am currently still working with an active mission, so every day there is new data, which means that every day is a new challenge!

    Bill Nutt - Guest Teacher at Great Meadows Regional from Great Meadows, New Jersey asks:
    What do you think will happen to the planets in the future?

    Good question! I'm not sure, but the Sun won't survive forever, and will turn into a white dwarf someday. But that should be 5 billion years from now, so I don't worry about it much.

    Elaine Meinhart - Teacher at Amity Intermediate Center from Douglassville, Pennsylvania asks:
    What was the most interesting thing you have learned about Jupiter?

    Jupiter has a ring - a tiny one - just like Saturn and Uranus.

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    What is Mars made of?

    It's made of rock forming minerals, very similar to the ones that make up Earth. That includes silica rock, iron, magnesium, and nickel at the core.

    Regis Leonard - Chat Guest at Magnificat High School from Rocky River, Ohio asks:
    Will the rovers ever get to the Grand Canyon of Mars?

    I sure hope so! That's one option for the Mars Science Lab rover.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    How will you land on Mars?

    I'm assuming the question is, how did the rovers land on Mars? They used a parachute to slow down, then used airbags (like in your car) to soft-land on the surface.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Are you doing any experments on Mars?

    One of the experiments we're doing is using instruments to figure out what the rocks are made of. We also want to know what temperature the rocks are, because that also tells us what they are made of (certain things get hotter in the Sun than others, or cool down faster, for example).

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    How long do you expect the trip tp take?

    It depends on the speed you're going and the direction you take, but 1-2 years for a Mars rover to get to Mars is typical.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    What's the most dangerous part of your mission?

    Well, we're lucky that we'll be sitting at home while the rover takes all the risks. But the most risky part for the rover is entry into the atmosphere, descent and landing on the surface.

    jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood from Amherst, ny asks:
    Wht does a typical day look like for you? (Rachel

    A typical day lasts 8-10 hours and includes lots of meetings with other scientists, at least two hours in operations, deciding what to tell the rover to do for the next day, hopefully some time for my own research.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Do you thinks Mars has oxygen?

    Mars has pretty much no oxygen in the atmosphere. But oxygen is an element that goes into making other things (like water) and does exist in some of the rocks.

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    How did Mars get it's name?

    The Romans called it Mars for their god of war, but other cultures called it other names.

    Room 204 - Chat Guest at John C. Coonley from Chicago, ill asks:
    Can you see Jupiter with a telescope?

    Yup. You can see it without a telescope. It's one of the brightest 'stars' in the sky.

    jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood from Amherst, ny asks:
    If you could live on any planet which would you choose ?

    Earth. Is that an option? Otherwise, the Moon would really interest me.

    Elaine Meinhart - Teacher at Amity Intermediate Center from Douglassville, Pennsylvania asks:
    What are you most facinated by your current studies or project?

    I'm fascinated by how complex Mars is. Lots of things have happened there, geologically speaking, and I find trying to unravel that puzzle the best part of my job. I feel like a detective.

    Room 204 - Chat Guest at John C. Coonley from Chicago, ill asks:
    How long does it take to arrive at Mars?

    Anywhere from one to two years, depending on how fast you go.

    Room 204 - Chat Guest at John C. Coonley from Chicago, ill asks:
    Is it true that Pluto is almost all gas?

    Actually, Pluto is all rock, with maybe a thin atmosphere. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are mostly gas.

    Regis Leonard - Chat Guest at Magnificat High School from Rocky River, Ohio asks:
    How can you tell what the magnetic field used to be?

    The magnetic field magnetized many of the rocks, and we can still see that remnant magnetism using an instrument called - not surprisingly - a magnetometer.

    jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood from Amherst, ny asks:
    When do you think we will send a person to Mars and is it worth the risk?

    I don't know when, but I hope its soon. It's worth the risk in my opinion, in the same way it was worth the risk for Lewis and Clark to try to be the first white men to get to the Pacific Ocean overland. We're explorers. That's how we grow.

    Brian - Chat Guest at Keller from chicago, illinois asks:
    How are the Mar's Rovers lasting so long?

    They were designed and built really, super well.

    Barbara Lindquist - Teacher at Washington Woods School from Holt, Michigan asks:
    Ben would like to know if you think intelligent life exists someplace in the universe and do you think that they have visited the earth in UFO's?

    I think the chances are that life exists elsewhere, but there is no real evidence that they have visited us. Space is really, really big, and we're really, really small, so I'm not sure they'd care to visit us even if they knew about us.

    Karen Schonauer - Teacher at West Elementary from East Rochester, Ohio asks:
    Are there any natural gases on Mars?

    Yes, the atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    What element are you most hoping to find on Mars?

    I really hope to find liquid water!

    Brian - Chat Guest at Keller from chicago, illinois asks:
    How does the rover work

    This is a pretty big question! But it's power source is charged by its solar panels.

    airica - Chat Guest at from chicago, asks:
    how is it possible for a space ship to spotaneously combust?

    Spontaneous combustion assumes that something explodes with no cause or reason, so I don't think it is possible.

    jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood from Amherst, ny asks:
    Which has more gravity moon or Mars?

    Mars has a stronger gravity because it's bigger.

    june - Chat Guest at keller from , asks:
    Would you recommend a job with NASA or other space programs?

    If it's what you love, absolutely.

    Jaron - Chat Guest at Keller from Chicago, Illinois asks:
    How fast can the Mars Rover Travel on the surface and in space?

    The top speed is 120 meters per hour. That's about 4 cm a second. That's a football field in a hour.

    April - Chat Guest at keller from , asks:
    How do you like working for NASA?

    I love the work I do.

    jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood from Amherst, ny asks:
    Have you ever had any problems with the rovers?

    Yes, a lot. The motors that help the robotic arm move are getting old and tired, we've gotten stuck in the sand more than once, and the Mossbauer spectrometer is running out of power.

    airica - Chat Guest at from chicago, asks:
    is it any safer to transport a human to pluto rather than mars

    Nope. Mars is closer so its safer.

    Brian - Chat Guest at Keller from chicago, illinois asks:
    If and when you build another rover to send, what will you change about the creation?

    We're going to make it much, much bigger, so it can last even longer and travel further and faster.

    Student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    How are the rovers controlled?

    Well, it turns out I'm on a teleconference right now, and we're deciding what commands to send up to the rovers tomorrow using radio signals.

    student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    whats your favorite part of building the rovers

    I wish I could say I helped build the rovers, but I'm just a scientist - the engineers did all the work.

    Maya - Chat Guest at Keller from Chicago, Illinios asks:
    What other planents are you planning to go to?

    The New Horizons mission was just launched to Pluto. It should get there in 9-10 years.

    Amber - Chat Guest at Keller Magnet from Chicago, asks:
    Do you think we will be able to visit other undiscovered planets and beyond?

    Yes, I think we can do anything we set our minds to.

    Amber - Chat Guest at Keller Magnet from Chicago, asks:
    What are you looking to discover in going to Mars?

    I want to see what the past history of water was on Mars. How much was there and when did it disappear?

    student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    What kind of training did you have to do to work at NASA?

    I have a PhD in geology. That means I went to school for 4 years for college and then 5 years to get my PhD.

    student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    how long did it take to bulid the rover

    It typically takes several years to get funding, design a spacecraft and then build it.

    jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood from Amherst, ny asks:
    Why do some planets have moons and others don't?

    We aren't sure, but we think the reason the larger planets have so many moons is because their gravity is so strong.

    student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    Can a person live in a rover?

    Nope, there's no air to breathe, no food to eat and no water to drink.

    Elizabethney - Chat Guest at Keller from Chicago, asks:
    When do you think another Mars Rover will be sent?

    There's a lander (not a rover) slated to land in 2008 (launching in 2007) and the MSL rover will launch in 2009 and land in 2010.

    student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    What was the reason for the the names of the rovers

    The rover names were the result of a contest. A 10 year old girl submitted the winning names.

    Brandon - Chat Guest at from Chi Town, asks:
    Do you think there are more planets beyond pluto?

    I think there are many, many small bodies (minor planets) beyond Pluto.

    Maya - Chat Guest at Keller from Chicago, Illinios asks:
    why so long until they get to pluto?

    Because it's so very, very far away. The Sun looks just like any normal star from the surface of Pluto.

    sean - Chat Guest at Keller from , asks:
    why does the rover move at a slow pace, they said it takes an hour to cross a football field

    Several reasons. The most important is that we have to be slow so we can avoid dangerous obstacles. If we had someone driving on the surface, they could see and avoid obstacles, but for us, it takes 20 minutes for a signal to get to Mars and back, and some thing terrible could happen in that time, so we have to be careful.

    Elaine Meinhart - Teacher at Amity Intermediate Center from Douglassville, Pennsylvania asks:
    Are any of the planets really asteroids?

    None of the big planets are asteroids, but there are plenty of asteroids out there.

    Amber - Chat Guest at Keller Magnet from Chicago, asks:
    What is the best thing about this exploration?

    The best thing is learning so much about a place that's so far away.

    Jaron - Chat Guest at Keller from Chicago, Illinois asks:
    Will people be able to use space travel as leisure in the future?

    Yes. In fact, people are already investing in hotels in space.

    june - Chat Guest at keller from , asks:
    do you all ready have pictures of Mars?

    Yes. If you'd like to see the latest, go to jpl.nasa.gov and click on the MER mission. You can see the latest pictures.

    Nia - Chat Guest at Keller from , asks:
    Have you ever been interested in visiting any other planet?

    Yes. I'd love to be an astronaut. I'd like to go to the Moon or Mars if I could.

    Brandon - Chat Guest at from Chi Town, asks:
    when will the rover be sent back to earth?

    The rover will never come back - it costs too much to bring it back. The rover is now a citizen of Mars.

    jonathan Herzog - Chat Guest at Smallwood from Amherst, ny asks:
    How do you think the planets are made?

    The most popular hypothesis is that they formed at the same time as the Sun, coalescing out of gas and dust.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Do you think that scientists will accept "Xena" as a planet?

    I think they will probably call it a 'minor planet', not the same thing as the traditional planets.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    In the movie Star Wars, everyone travels in hyperspace and lightspeed. Will that be possible soon?

    No, not that we know of. As far as we know, based on Einstein's theories, faster-than-light travel is not possible. We don't have any evidence that a "hyperspace" exists.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Do you think they'll be sending any people to Pluto in the not so distant future?

    No, it's way too far away. We'll have to start with the Moon and Mars first.

    dan - Chat Guest at keller from chicago, il asks:
    how long do you plan to keep the mars rover on mars?

    The rover will stay on Mars, and we'll keep talking to it until it loses power and can't talk to us anymore.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Do you think that we will ever be able to colonize Mars?

    Yes, I think that if we want to, we will.

    Room 204 - Chat Guest at John C. Coonley from Chicago, ill asks:
    Can you pleae say Hi to all of us at Coonley School in Chicago?

    Hi to Coonley School in Chicago!!!

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Have you done any research about black holes? What have you found out?

    I haven't studied them myself, but I know that we have very strong evidence now that they do exist. In fact, they seem to be a major component of most galaxies.

    Jeanne & Lindsay - Chat Guest at Keller from Chicago, Illinois asks:
    what happens if a space shuttle gets sucked into a black hole?

    There's no way to know; it would disappear from our universe.

    April - Chat Guest at keller from da chi-town, asks:
    do you think that one day we can build a whole city in space?

    Yes, I think that we can do whatever we decide we want to do.

    sean - Chat Guest at Keller from , asks:
    can you please say hi to all the students at Keller

    Sure. Hi to all the students at Keller!!!

    student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    how big is the rover??

    It's about the size of a golf cart.

    Simandone - Chat Guest at from Chi Town, asks:
    would you ever change your career if you could?

    No. I love what I'm doing.

    Mashleya - Chat Guest at Keller from Chicago, asks:
    Is there anyway possible that a planet could disapear?

    Boy, none that I know of.

    Elizabethney - Chat Guest at Keller from Chicago, asks:
    how do you recieve information from the rover

    We receive radio signals from the rover.

    Amber - Chat Guest at Keller Magnet from Chicago, asks:
    What new projects is NASA working on in the ext few years?

    The Phoenix lander will launch in 2008 for the north pole of Mars; Mars Science Lab launches in 2009.

    student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    how much did it cost to bulid it?

    Not sure, actually. I think it depends on what you include in the price. I know the Mars Pathfinder mission cost about $250 million. In comparison, this is about how much a big Hollywood film costs. About 50cents for every taxpayer.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Does it harm the atmosphere by leaving the rovers in space?

    Nope. The planet is big and the rovers are small. And they don't produce any exhaust, like your car.

    Amber - Chat Guest at Keller Magnet from Chicago, asks:
    Is Mars the planet you are really focusing on?

    Yes. Mars, and also the Moon.

    Simandone - Chat Guest at from Chi Town, asks:
    how many rovers have been made?

    There were four MER rovers made - two are on Mars, and two are still used in the Mars testbed, when we need to do tests on the rovers.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Will you plese say hi to Kevin, Serena, Aurora, Monica, Kristi, Erin, and Mrs. Barrere?

    Yikes. Ok, Hi, Kevin, Hi Serena, Hi Aurora (goddess of the Dawn), Hi Monica, Hi Kristi, Hi Erin (my sister's name) and Hi Mrs. Barrere.

    - Chat Guest at keller from chicago, asks:
    Will kids ever go up in space?

    I think so. I think someday we'll visit space on vacation!

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Is there a way that Earth could survive the sun turning into a Supernova?

    No. Humans could survive, but they would need to leave Earth to do it.

    mimi - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    no life has been found on mars correct?

    Correct.

    Alan - Chat Guest at Hamilton High School from Sussex, WI asks:
    The rovers were supposed to last two months, they've lasted two years, what do scientists think is keeping them 'alive'?

    They were designed and built very, very well.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    How many other galaxies are there, do you think?

    Billions and billions.

    Elizabeth Russo - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from Kenosha, 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. Yingst for hosting our chat today.

    Pat Trotter - Teacher at Baxter Community School from Baxter, Iowa asks:
    What was your proudest moment on your job?

    I think the day I was chosen to be a MER participating scientist. Or it might have been the day I was awarded my first grant to do my own research.

    student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    What's the age range to be able to be in the rover?

    There's no age range to be involved in NASA science. You just need to be qualified. I've known people as old as 80 and as young as 20 be involved.

    Kennedy - Chat Guest at Kennedy Middle School from Clearwater, Fl asks:
    Any more missions planned to mars?

    Two are currently planned to land on Mars - Phoenix in 2007 and Mars Science Lab in 2009.

    Pat Trotter - Teacher at Baxter Community School from Baxter, Iowa asks:
    What do you hope to accomplish this year on your job that you are proud of and would share with us?

    I hope to be able to understand where all of the rocks scattered all over the Gusev site came from. Were they transported there from an impact crater? Are they part of a lava flow close by? How were they formed and how did they get there?

    student - Guest Student at Gateway Middle School from Maumee, Ohio asks:
    is the rover worth the money spent on it

    You bet. We typically get a return of $7 for every $1 we spend in space exploration. We're exploring Mars for less than the price of a typically big-budget Hollywood film.

    Randall - Chat Guest at Keller from chicago, illinois asks:
    will you ever send different animals to space?

    That's already been done - the first living thing sent into space was an animal.

    Judy Barrere - Teacher at Holy Family - Kirkland from Kirkland, Washington asks:
    Will you send any people or space crafts to Mercury? Is it dangerous to dend anyone there for some reason?

    Mercury is really, really hot - and it's hard to get to.

    Elizabeth Russo - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from Kenosha, Wisconsin comments:
    1/25/2006 11:28:56 AM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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