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November 30, 1999
QuestChat with Ray Oyung

Research Coordinator


Tue Nov 30 11:33:02 1999

[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 1 - 09:13:52 ]
Good Morning all! Ray will join us in the chat room at 10 AM PST. If you can't join us then you are still able to sumbit questions in advance. You should have read Ray's bio and ask him something related to his research on keeping pilots awake. During the chat be sure to read other peoples questions. They may ask one of the questions you planned to ask. Also read Ray's answers they are sure to be good, and they might give you an idea for a new question to ask.

[ RayOyung/ARC - 3 - 10:02:12 ]
Good morning everybody! Sorry I'm a bit late. I haven't had breakfast yet and wanted to drop something in the belly before we began....

[ RayOyung/ARC - 4 - 10:02:37 ]
RE: [Cristina] hi
Hi Cristina! How are you doing this morning?

[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 5 - 10:02:47 ]
Welcome, Cristina and anyone else out there! If you have questions for Ray you may begin to submit them now. At the end of the chat we request that you complete our survey at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats

[ Peter - 6 - 10:03:19 ]
Hello Cristina

[ Peter - 8 - 10:03:43 ]
Hello!Greetings from Sombor, Yugoslavia

[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 10 - 10:04:52 ]
Welcome Peter! Glad you could join us! :o)

[ RayOyung/ARC - 12 - 10:09:50 ]
RE: [Kacy] I am a senior at Basehor-Linwood High School and I am researching Aerospace Engineering. I would appreciate any information you could provide me with on this field.
Hi Kacy, Aerospace Engineering is a great field to pursue. There are several schools that specialize in this area. You could actually checkout the AeroDesign Team link on careers at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/background/careers...I'm pretty sure this is the link and will verify in a bit to make sure I give you the right one. There are several things you can do during your search through the high school career center. Think about where you want to go to school. Do you want to stay close to home or move to a school farther away. Schools are pretty expensive now and what I did during the college years was to attend my community college for the first 2 years before going to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for the upper division course work. It saved me an incredible amount of money since I was paying most of my own way through college. Good luck to you!

[ RayOyung/ARC - 13 - 10:10:18 ]
RE: [Peter] Hello!Greetings from Sombor, Yugoslavia
Good Morning Peter!

[ RayOyung/ARC - 17 - 10:12:08 ]
RE: [TonyAFJROTC] Do you think that teenagers will be able to go into space in the near future?
Hi Tony. That's a good question about access to space for younger folks. I don't know if teenagers will be able to go to space soon, but I'd like to think that someday people of all ages will be able to experience living in space.

[ RayOyung/ARC - 19 - 10:16:03 ]
RE: [Peter] Mr.Oyung, in your research you focus on airplane pilots. What is the difference between them and the astronauts as far as fatigue is concerned?
Great question Peter. Fatigue can occur in all of us. It's more of a human thing than an occupational or work related thing. Although the airplane and space environments are so different, both require that the pilots or the astronauts stay focused and alert to maintain safety. Both environments that pilots and astronauts work in have been looked at by many people to ensure a safe place to work. This research continues to improve and maintain that safety.

[ RayOyung/ARC - 21 - 10:18:57 ]
RE: [sarah] How is it possible for astronauts to breath in space
Hi Sarah, Great question about astronauts and breathing...definitely an important issue. ;-) Astronauts are "sealed" inside the shuttle which has just the right balance of oxygen and other elements needed to simulate earth's environment. When they go on space walks, the suits that they wear give them the proper air and temperature levels to work...

[ RayOyung/ARC - 23 - 10:21:03 ]
RE: [Susan/NASAChatHost] Tony would you be interested if teens could go into space?
I know I'd be interested if I were a teen and had an opportunity to go into space! There's lots of activity going on with planning a mission to Mars. It's never been done before and it's exciting to be happening now!

[ RayOyung/ARC - 25 - 10:24:36 ]
RE: [benjaminwilliams] I am writing a report for a class about space scientist and I would like to know if you would allow me to interview you
Hi Benjamin, I'm flattered that you would like me to talk to you about space scientist, but I'm not really a space scientist. I've been part of a team of researchers and scientists during STS-90 and STS-95 with Mr. Glenn, but I'm really a pilot by trade. Perhaps Susan could help find a more suitable person for you :-)

[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 27 - 10:28:01 ]
Well, If you do want me to help you find someone for you to interview you will have to let me know. My email is slee@mail.arc.nasa.gov but I think attending chats is like an interview. I recommend you check the list of upcoming chats and webcasts at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events/

[ RayOyung/ARC - 29 - 10:28:59 ]
RE: [Peter] After you chose the aerospace field, did you want to become an astronaut or was something like your current job what you had in mind from the beginning?
Hey Peter, Hmmm. Very good question. I actually thought I wanted to be a full time pilot with an air ambulance company. I like flying and I like helping people. It seemed like a good combination. Someday, I may pursue that career as part of what I do at NASA. I've thought about what it's like to be an astronaut and would love to have an opportunity to rocket off into space learning more about our universe.

[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 30 - 10:31:08 ]
Peter, how about yourself, would you like to travel in space?

[ RayOyung/ARC - 31 - 10:31:32 ]
RE: [Kaan] Hello, I want to learn that do you bel/=ve that there /=s a compact energy system at all aroun of the space and can we use /=t l/=ke Tesla's Theor/=es? Thanks Kaan Alpan from Turkey
Wow Kaan! Great question...and I wish I could give you an answer you deserve, but I don't know much about our universe and it's dynamic energy system. Keep in touch with these chat sessions and I'm sure someone in that field will be more than happy to answer your question.

[ Peter - 32 - 10:33:30 ]
Well, now that you ask, I am a senior in high school in Yugoslavia, and I am applying to several US universitys to study astrophysics. After that, I hope to go to postgraduate studies in aerospace engineering, get a job at NASA, and later become an astronaut. Pretty modest, don't you think?

[ RayOyung/ARC - 33 - 10:34:48 ]
RE: [Peter] Since yoy have mentioned Mars, from your point of view, what would be the idel number of people to sent to Mars?
I think the number of people that have been chosen for this current mission to Mars is 6 or 7. I think that's a good number. The vehicle the astronauts will be traveling in will be quite small. However, there must be enough people with the right skills to do all the tasks they need to live and work in a place far, far away from here. They'll need to be self-sufficient since they will not be able to seek direct help from anyone here on earth.

[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 36 - 10:37:52 ]
RE: [Peter] Well, now that you ask, I am a senior in high school in Yugoslavia, and I am applying to several US universitys to study astrophysics. After that, I hope to go to postgraduate studies in aerospace engineering, get a job at NASA, and later become an astronaut. Pretty modest, don't you think?
Peter, I think you've got a great plan! I wish you lots of success.

[ RayOyung/ARC - 37 - 10:38:10 ]
RE: [Peter] Well, now that you ask, I am a senior in high school in Yugoslavia, and I am applying to several US universitys to study astrophysics. After that, I hope to go to postgraduate studies in aerospace engineering, get a job at NASA, and later become an astronaut. Pretty modest, don't you think?
Good for you Peter! I know my career path changed direction a couple of times before I found myself here at NASA. Keep at the books in school and keep your focus on the goals you want to achieve. I'm sure you'll do great things...

[ RayOyung/ARC - 38 - 10:41:36 ]
RE: [Susan/NASAChatHost] Ray, I have a question for you, how is your research coming. What is you goal for the research?
Since we've just finished the data collection of a study looking at an alertness monitoring device on airplanes, we're working hard to analyze all the data Susan. It's coming along, but we're only half way through all the numbers that we have to look at. I'm not sure how things will turn out, but we're excited to see if something can be used as another safety device to help pilots with the fatigue factor in airplane operations.

[ RayOyung/ARC - 39 - 10:42:47 ]
RE: [Peter] Have the people for the mission already been chosen, or just the optimal number of people?
Yes Peter. I believe the people have already been picked along with the alternates. I'm not sure how long they've been training. I want to say it's been at least a year now...

[ RayOyung/ARC - 42 - 10:48:27 ]
RE: [Peter] Thank you both fot the encouragement! Mr.Oyung, to which conclusions did you arrive in your research,regarding how to reduce bad effects during flights?
Great question Peter. A big piece of maintaining safe operations in flight is education. We have medical, management, and safety people from lots of flying and shift work environments learn about how the body works (and sleeps) and how to best make crew schedules based on how people operate.

[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 43 - 10:48:41 ]
Please remember to fill out the survey after the chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/quchats

[ RayOyung/ARC - 44 - 10:49:50 ]
Thanks for all the questions today! I really enjoyed the chat. I flights?
Great question Peter. A big piece of maintaining safe operations in flight is education. We have medical, management, and safety people from lots of flying and shift work environments learn about how the body works (and sleeps) and how to best make crew schedules based on how people operate.

[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 43 - 10:48:41 ]
Please remember to fill out the survey after the chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/quchats

[ RayOyung/ARC - 44 - 10:49:50 ]
Thanks for all the questions today! I really enjoyed the chat. I have a few minutes to take a couple more questions, but if you're all set, have a great day!

[ RayOyung/ARC - 47 - 10:51:28 ]
RE: [Susan/NASAChatHost] Please remember to fill out the survey after the chat. http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/quchats
Thanks for hosting the chat today Susan. I wish there was something like this when I was in school! Take care.

[ Susan/NASAChatHost - 48 - 10:52:25 ]
Thanks for a great chat Ray. I'm sure everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

[ RayOyung/ARC - 50 - 10:55:23 ]
RE: [Peter] Yes, about the Mars team again. If they have been already picked up, and the flight happens in 10-15 years won't they be too old?
Hey Peter. The folks that have been chosen know just about every piece of the schedule for training, traveling to Mars, working on Mars, and when they'll be returning to earth. They'll be fine with a ton of new experiences to share with the rest of us! Take care, Peter...and good luck with all the great things you wish to do!

 
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