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Browsing answers to questions already asked

An archive of question/answer pairs of previously asked questions will be maintained and categorized for easy reference throughout the duration of the project.

Asking the Aero Team your questions

The opportunity to send email questions to the men and women of the Aero team is available. We are grateful to the Aerospace Team folks for generously volunteering their time to support this service. This service is available for K-12 students who do not have access to libraries with aeronautics texts. Unfortunately questions regarding homework, science projects and research projects can not be addressed by our experts.

The sections below will describe some guidelines and procedures for the process.

K-12 students/teachers and other interested people can email questions to researchers, engineers and support staff. This interaction will be supported by a "Smart Filter" who protects the professional from Internet overload by acting as a buffer. The actual email addresses of these experts will remain unlisted. Also, repetitive questions will be answered from an accumulating database of replies; thus the valued interaction with the experts will be saved for original questions. (More information about how you can directly search this database will follow later.)


Tips for asking good questions

Each and every expert is excited about connecting with you. But it is important to remember that the time and energy of these researchers is extremely valuable. If possible, please review the materials available online to gain an overall understanding of the basics.It would be best to ask questions that are not easily answered elsewhere. For example, "What is aeronautics?" would not be an appropriate question.

For classrooms asking questions:
We recognize that this creates a gray area about whether or not a question is appropriate. Simply use your best judgment. Since the main idea is to excite students about the wonders of science and research, please err on the side of having the students participate. If you are not sure whether or not to send a question, send it.

Some teachers have used a group dynamic to refine the questions that they email to experts. For example, after first studying ADTO material, students divide into groups and create a few questions per group. All of the questions are then shared and students are given an opportunity to find answers to their classmates' questions. Those that remain unanswered are sent to the ADTO team.

Ideally, the act of sending questions will further engage the student in their learning. It may help to think back to an early stage of development when the 3-year-old learns that repeating the word "why" can get parents to do most of the work in a conversation. The wise parent will try to get their child involved by asking "Why do you want to know?" The same is true in the classroom. Teachers might want to help students learn to ask good questions. Here are three questions the students might ask themselves as they submit their questions:

The last question is the most interesting. Student reflection on why they want to know something is a very valuable learning experience.

Logistics of sending in questions (address and format)

Questions will be accepted from now through the duration of the project. To submit a question, mail it to the following email address:

We will acknowledge and answer all questions as quickly as possible. Our goal is to provide a basic acknowledgment immediately. In most cases we should be able to provide an answer within four weeks.

In the subject field, please put the letters "QA:" before a descriptive subject. Also, provide a sentence of background information to help the experts understand the grade level of your students. The following example should illustrate this idea.

TO:             question-aero@quest.arc.nasa.gov
FROM:           your email address
SUBJECT:        QA: Advances in technology
Hello,
I am an 8th grader from Rochester, New York. What is the biggest advance
in fighter plane technology that has occurred in the last decade?

Thanks, T. Dogg


One question per message

If you or your class have several questions which are unrelated, we ask that you please send each unrelated question in a separate email message rather than as one message with many different questions. While this may be inconvenient, it is important because it will help us to keep track of the questions and ensure that no question remains unanswered. Messages that do not follow this request will be unnecessarily delayed as we go through the extra step of splitting up the messages ourselves.

20 question limit

Any individual teacher will be limited to submitting a total of 20 questions every three months. Hopefully this will encourage more classroom discussion about what students want to know and will lead to research done before asking questions.


Searching question/answer pairs

A capability to search for interesting question/answer pairs is also available. The system relies on the user choosing one or more keywords related to their interest. Every existing question/answer pair will be searched to see if it contains the keywords.


Receiving all question/answer pairs as they get created

A capability has been set up for those people that would like to receive ongoing email with answers to all of the questions asked. Each night, one mail message will be sent to those interested. This message will contain a copy of every question/answer pair generated that day. If you would like to receive these message, please send an email to: In the message body, write these words:

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