April 14, 1999
QuestChat with Mark Kilkenny
program planning specialist
NASA John Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
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Hello and welcome to today's Aerospace Team Online chat with Mark Kilkenny
from NASA John Glenn Research Center. Over the past 16 years, Mark has
worked in administrative positions for NASA. His current work focuses
on John Glenn Research Center's administrative and business operations.
He is responsible for conducting strategic planning for the center. He
also helps the center determine how well it is progressing towards its
long-term goals and objectives.
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And now, here is Mark Kilkenny to answer your questions.
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Gene, have you participated in any of our other chats before?
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RE: [Gene-Mr.Caruso/Hypothesis] Not recently.
My interset with these chats was because I have aquired enough knowledge
and experiance to hypothesis a invention that might help future missons
both ground and space.
Gene, that sounds very interesting. Here is some information from the
NASA home page: If you have suggestions, did you know that there's a place
at NASA prepared to "hear" your ideas? NASA encourages the submission
of unsolicited proposals to receive unique and innovative research aligned
with the agency's mission. Proposals may be submitted to: NASA Headquarters;
Mail Code CO; 300 E St. SW; Washington DC, 20546
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RE: [Gene-Mr.Caruso/Hypothesis] Hi Mark I have
a degree in management. My field is very closely tied with the typt of
work your involved with. I have science interest very much simular to
your experience. What are the long term objectives of NASA and projects
are you personality involved with currently?
Hi Gene- NASA's long-term objectives are to: Determine how the galaxy
evolved the future of earth Determine if life exists elsewhere in the
universe Understand how man can live in space Improve aircraft and air
travel on earth Develop and transfer aerospace technologies to benefit
mankind I personally help the Glenn Research Center determine what types
of work it should do to help achieve those objectives (i.e., strategic
planning). I also do a lot of other analytical work.
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RE: [Gene-Mr.Caruso/Hypothesis] I 've read
some about space traffic accidents, the last accident I recall was about
the collusions with a obiting outerspace station. Does NASA have problems
on the ground that is detremental effect on shuttle and station missions?
Gene- I don't fully understand your question. All NASA spacecraft (including
the Space Station) are carefully designed to minimize the effect of an
impact with extra-terrestrial objects-- but this is a very unknown area--
we have only the Russian experience with MIR to go on. They have had very
few impacts. With regards to man-made orbiting debris, the Air Force tracks
all the bigger pieces so that there won't be any unpleasant surprises.
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RE: [Gene-Mr.Caruso/Hypothesis] Q: How's your
record of efficent use of resoures for the NASA program? Does NASA use
more than what they despose of for waste? Q:What current theories exsist
right now about how the galaxy evolved?
NASA's earliest missions were very wasteful-- rockets burned up, landing
craft left on the moon, etc. The Space Shuttle is partially reusable-
the solid rocket boosters, and the Shuttle itself. Only the very thin-walled
fuel tank is expended. Of course, all deep-space missions never return.
So, overally, we still put up much more junk than we bring back. However,
you should note that all feces, exhaust gases, etc. which we send up on
the Shuttle or to MIR are return. (How'd you like to ride back with six
months of astronaut feces in little zip-lock bags!) As to current theories
about the universe, I think a recent issue of Scientific American on-line
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RE: [Oran/NASAChatHost] Gene here is some information from
the NASA home page: If you have suggestions, did you know that there's
a place at NASA prepared to "hear" your ideas? NASA encourages the submission
of unsolicited proposals to receive unique and innovative research aligned
with the agency's mission. Proposals may be submitted to: NASA Headquarters
Mail Code CO 300 E St. SW Washington DC 20546
Gene- Before you submit an unsolicited proposal, it is imperative that
you discuss it with subject matter experts within NASA and other organizations
with similar expertise. Otherwise, you might be wasting your time developing
an idea that has already been thoroughly investigated or tried before.
In my 25 years receiving and forwarding to evaluators unsolicited proposals
which were sent to NASA "blind", I have never seen any one of them accepted.
Just like sending resumes, it is better to talk to/meet with someone in
the organization first.
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RE: [Gene-Mr.Caruso/Hypothesis] Thank you Mark,
your information would really help! Soon I hope to have both my hypothesis
ready to submit for concideration as a entire paper of how some related
current theories might be well applied. Q: what sort of priorities is
given to John Glenn about his research into space travel for geriatrics(sic)?
Space travel for old people is not a NASA priority. However, NASA wants
to use its data from Glenn and other astronauts for purposes on earth--
to discover how to prevent osteoporosis and other diseases normally associated
with old age (but which can be accelerated in a microgravity environment).
In fact, if you've read the paper recently, NASA is thinking about sending
up an all-female crew to study this issue in more depth.
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RE: [Gene-Mr.Caruso/Hypothesis] So far my ideas
were submited to UC Davis Medical School, and was responded to without
comment by Dr. Ken Curry, a second Hypothesis was submitted to Arco Corporation
and they never sent a response or comment. I semm to recall sending a
letter online to NASA, i received a thank you without comment. I hope
to contribute to technologies developing the materials used for space
travel construction. Additionally I have an idea about new processes to
use for manufacturing medicine. Perhaps a way to cure certain decease
or just inprove on the processes for ingestible substances. I havn't seen
anything that says anybody else has taken my approach to material technology.
So I know my ideas have some new innovation, though i probably counldn't
have gone this far without NASA's contributions to keeping the interest
of space exploration priorities for every american.
Gene- You appear to be on the right track. Maybe if you surf the web you
can find someone who might be receptive to your ideas. For medical research,
locally our Cleveland Clinic does a lot. Of course, the main organization
doing space medicine is the Lovelace Clinic.
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We will now be ending our chat Mark Kilkenny Gene, thank you very much
for joining us today. Our thanks to Mark for sharing his time with us
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RE: [Oran/NASAChatHost] We will now be ending our chat
Mark Kilkenny Gene, thank you very much for joining us today. Our thanks
to Mark for sharing his time with us today, as well.
Nice talking with you, Gene! Thanks, Oran!
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Mark, thanks again for chatting with us today. Have a good day.