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April 14, 1999
QuestChat with Mark Kilkenny

program planning specialist
NASA John Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio



[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 5 - 09:32:32 ]
Hello to our early arriving chat participants! Today's Aerospace Team Online chat with Mark Kilkenny from NASA John Glenn Research Center will begin at 10:00 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure you have read Mark's profile at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/kilkenny.html before joining this chat.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 6 - 09:32:59 ]
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[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 7 - 09:33:18 ]
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[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 14 - 10:22:44 ]
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.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 15 - 10:23:18 ]
And now, here is Mark Kilkenny to answer your questions.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 17 - 10:26:38 ]
Gene, have you participated in any of our other chats before?

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 21 - 10:34:06 ]
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

[ MarkKilkenny/JGRC - 18 - 10:27:17 ]
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.

[ MarkKilkenny/JGRC - 20 - 10:33:18 ]
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.

[ MarkKilkenny/JGRC - 24 - 10:41:50 ]
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 covers it.

[ MarkKilkenny/JGRC - 28 - 10:52:34 ]
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.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 29 - 10:55:47 ]
Gene, as a reminder, at the conclusion of today's chat, please share your thoughts with us at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats/qchat-surveys. We hope to hear from you!

[ MarkKilkenny/JGRC - 30 - 10:56:30 ]
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.

[ MarkKilkenny/JGRC - 38 - 11:19:22 ]
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.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 33 - 11:00:34 ]
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.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 34 - 11:01:45 ]
We hope you can join us for our next Aerospace Team Online chat on Tuesday, April 20, with Rich Coppenbarger from NASA Ames Research Center. Be sure to read Rich's profile at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/coppenbarger.html in order to prepare your questions. Check the Aerospace Team Online chat schedule page at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/chats to learn more about this chat. Also check our schedule of events page at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events to learn about other upcoming chats with NASA experts.

[ MarkKilkenny/JGRC - 35 - 11:02:20 ]
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!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 36 - 11:02:51 ]
Mark, thanks again for chatting with us today. Have a good day.

 
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