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UPDATE #38 - October 23, 1998

PART 1: Upcoming Chats
PART 2: Project News
PART 3: What's the Right Stuff?
PART 4: Subscribing & Unsubscribing: How to do it


Wednesday, October 28, 1998, 9 AM Pacific Time: Roxana Greenman, aerospace
Roxana researches the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). CFD is
the process of using computers to solve complex equations associated with
aircraft flight. She is trying to learn the benefits of combining
technology based on our biological nervous systems with special computer

Read Roxana Greenman's autobiography
and view her CFD video prior to joining this chat.
Registration information at

Wednesday, November 4, 1998, 4 PM Pacific Time: Susanne Ashby, curriculum
As the curriculum specialist on a multimedia team, Susanne designs and
writes the information found on CD-ROMs and creates the instructional
materials that go with the multimedia. The team that is made up of Susanne
(who is an educator), a computer programmer, a graphic artist,
a production assistant and recently, a writer. The team
develops content and interactive activities found on CD-ROMs.

Read Susanne Ashby's autobiography prior to joining this chat.
Registration information at


The ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE SCHOOL - Right Flying on-line collaborative
activity is now online.
If you haven't already send an email message to
listmanager@quest.arc.nasa.gov leave the subject blank and in the message
body write subscribe debate-aero
This first weeks activities are to introduce yourself online and start
building the gliders.  Join the learning fun! One
classroom teacher introducing herself wrote "Because of my previous
experience with collaborative online activities (Weather Worlds and the
Planet Explorer Toolkit) as well as loads of fun with Aerospace Team
related experiences last year, my students and I are sure Right Flying
(level 2) is for us! By the way, the teacher resources provided for this
project have already helped to launch us to a great start! "


an "in-flight" movie" online collaborative project for grades
8-12 is now online. By analyzing video tape of a glider in flight,
learners can directly measure observed behavior of their glider. This
analysis can be used
as a research tool for understanding aerodynamic performance. Students
will work collaboratively to discover techniques which use
video, image analysis software (free), and a multimedia Mac to visually
describe flight. Additionally students will describe their video
taped flight mathematically, conceptually, and graphically. To participate
in this project send email to scolett@quest.arc.nasa.gov and introduce
your class.

HIGH SCHOOL / JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - Wind tunnel building activities
will be online next week. For more information go to

All of us at Quest hope you will consider joining us for this online
festival of learning.

Wright Flyer Coloring Contest

Entries due October 31, 1998 (NEXT week!)
Which category will you choose for your entry "Most Realistic" or "Most
Patriotic"? Check out all the categories and join the fun.

Hey those of you who are good a graphics programs, let's see what you come
up with!!

To find the details go to

[Editor's Note: Ray Oyung is the Research Coordinator for the Fatigue Countermeasures Program which is one of the Human Factors areas of research. Lately he has been working on and experiment that goes up on STS-95. Read his bio and journals at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/team/ray.html ]


by Ray Oyung

September 28, 1998

Working with astronauts is quite an experience. These folks are required
to apply for positions in the astronaut program. For an example
of the type of people in the astronaut program, I'll give you a brief
description of the crew for this flight. For a full description of these
exceptional individuals, visit this link:

Curt Brown is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force and is also the
Mission Commander in charge of all aspects of shuttle operations
from launch to landing.

Steve Lindsey is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force and is
assigned the job of pilot for this mission.

Steve Robinson is the payload commander in charge of all aspects of the
contents in the shuttle bay including deployment of the Spartan
solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems
Test Platform, and experiments to investigate various aspects of
life science during space flight. This includes learning more about sleep
and the aging process.

Scott Parazynski is an emergency room doctor by trade and will be the
Flight Engineer for this mission. He was also part of the United
States Development Luge Team and was ranked among the top 10 competitors
in the nation during the 1988 Olympic Trials

Chiaki Mukai is one of the payload specialists for this mission who will
be a part of the team doing the life science research. Chiaki is the
first Japanese woman in space from the National Space Development Agency
in Japan (NASDA). She is also a certified cardiovascular
surgeon and professor.

Pedro Duque is a member of the European Space Agency and will act as
mission specialist. This will be his first experience in space.

John Glenn is currently a Senator representing the state of Ohio. John is
also a retired US Marine Corp Colonel with many achievements
from service during World War II and the Korean conflict. He piloted the
first transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to New York that
averaged supersonic speed; and piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7"
spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United

From this brief description you can see the international diversity in
this crew's background, skill, and breadth of knowledge. They are all
members of a team working together to fulfill a mission in an amazing yet
stressful environment. The extensive training provide them the
necessary skills to complete their tasks in a safe and efficient manner.

You might think only super people can be astronauts, but what it takes is
a good academic foundation. Take in all you can in school and
don't be afraid to ask questions. These individuals I've described above
are doing what they want to do, because they remember what
they learned in school. They were motivated and kept a positive attitude
when facing challenges. They believed in themselves and you can


by Ray Oyung

September 28, 1998

A lot has been going on since my last journal about STS 95, the shuttle
mission scheduled for launch on October 29th next month. For
background, the group I work with at Ames is part of a team of researchers
and scientists from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in
Boston and UC San Diego. We are studying how well astronauts sleep and
breathe in the microgravity environment of space. Also, we're
studying the effects of low doses of melatonin that the astronauts will
take during the mission to see if it will help them obtain better sleep.
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that's secreted from the brain
at specific times. Certain companies have been able to create
melatonin in a synthetic form. They determine the chemical building blocks
that make melatonin and manufacture it in the lab in the form
of a pill.

Our experiment on this shuttle mission is only one of over 80 experiments
in the shuttle payload. These experiments are important to life
science research but there are other objectives for this mission too.
Other items on the agenda are to deploy a satellite that will collect data
from the sun and retrieve this satellite at the end of the mission before
coming back to Earth. For more information about the entire STS 95
mission and the shuttle crew, visit the following URL:

For the past couple of months, our "Sleep Team" has been collecting data
on 2 of the astronauts on three different occasions. We are
going to use this data to compare the astronauts on earth before the
mission, in space during the mission, and then again for several days
after landing. During all of the data collection periods before the
mission, we have trained 4 of the astronauts how to operate all of the


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