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UPDATE #40 - November 6, 1998

PART 1: Upcoming Chats
PART 2: Project News
PART 3: Launch at Kennedy Space Center
PART 4: Subscribing & Unsubscribing: How to do it


Tuesday, November 10, 1998, 11 AM Pacific Time: Gloria Yamauchi, aerospace

Gloria conducts research in rotor aerodynamics and acoustics. The
objectives of her work are to understand the flow environment of rotor
blades which, in turn, help her understand why rotors perform the way they
do and why they make so much noise. To study the rotor wake, she sometimes
runs large computer programs which simulate the air flow around the
Read Gloria Yamauchi's autobiography prior to joining this chat.
Registration information at

Tuesday, November 17, 1998, 11 AM Pacific Time: Rich Coppenbarger,
aerospace engineer
 Rich develops systems (hardware and software) to assist air traffic
controllers in managing aircraft as they fly through the nation's
Read Rich Coppenbarger's autobiography prior to joining this chat.
Registration information at

As part of our continuing series of after school chats, we would like to
invite you to join our next chats scheduled coming up this month.  Our
first after school chat will be with Jack Farmer, an exobiologist and
member of Mars Team Online/Space Scientists Online projects.  This chat is
scheduled for Thursday, November 12, at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
More information about this chat is available
at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/events/interact.html

Our next after school chat will be with Nancy Dorighi, a computer engineer
and member of the Women of NASA project.  Our chat with Nancy is scheduled
for Wednesday, November 18, at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  More information
about this chat is available at

We hope you will be able to join us for our upcoming after school chats
with Jack Farmer and Nancy Dorighi.  You can learn about upcoming chats
with other NASA experts on our schedule of events page, at
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events. We hope to hear from you online!


Wright Flyer Online Status Reports will appear on the site at:
The following is the first of these reports:

NASA/Wright Flyer wind tunnel test team meets

On October 29, 1998, a meeting was held to discuss recent
developments and upcoming plans to prepare the 1903 Wright
Flyer replica for the wind tunnel test scheduled for March 1999.

The model is currently up on a sting (as it would be in the
wind tunnel test) in Hangar One. It will be dismounted on November 7,
1998, and engineers will then begin instrumentation work.

Other information discussed in the meeting included:

       Plans for a live broadcast when the Flyer replica is moved from
        Hangar One to the test prep room in the National Full-scale
        Aerodynamic Complex (December/January)
       Data acquisition and processing plans
       Possible early installation in the wind tunnel
Hangar One: http://george.arc.nasa.gov/jf/mfa/facilities.html#Buildings

A graphic representation of the timeline is now online at
It's fun to look at because the graphic version uses a newspaper headline

Have you been searching the website looking for a way to justify
participating in Wright Flyer Online? You can find the corelation to the
National Education Standard in the Teachers Lounge at

Help us advertise the wind tunnel test of the 1903 Wright Flyer!
For more info go to:

Wonder what kind of news classrooms share in collaborative projects?
Here's a clip from what one class wrote: "We are using the Problem Solving
Process to design recycled planes. We hope to test our gliders and finish
our recycled planes this week.

Most of my students are really enjoying this project.  They can hardly
wait to get started each day.  Some, jokingly I am sure, want to come to
school on the weekend.  Oh my!" This class is participating in the
Right Flying project where classes are trying to improve glider designs
see below.

The ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE SCHOOL - Right Flying (glider building) 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

Analysis: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/events/collaborative/video.html
an "in-flight" movie" online collaborative project for grades 8-12 is now
online. To join the discussion list for this project send an email to
Scott at scolett@quest.arc.nasa.gov In your message include information
about who you are and why you are interested in participating.

HIGH SCHOOL / JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - Wind tunnel building activities
are online at
To join the discussion list for this project send an email to
marc@quest.arc.nasa.gov In your message tell us who you are and why you
are interested.

For more information 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

November 14, 1998

STS-95 launched on October 28, 1998 at 2:19 p.m. The day could not have
been better and several of us on the Sleep Team had the
pleasure of seeing the launch 46 miles from the launch pad, 39-B along a
small body of water separating us from the launch area called a
causeway. In addition to seeing the launch under a clear blue sky with
very little wind, an orbiter was also on the other launch pad, 39-A.
That shuttle is getting ready for a November 20, 1998 scheduled launch to
deploy the first piece of the International Space Station.

Now before I go on, here's a little primer on shuttle anatomy. The orbiter
is the whole vehicle that we see on the launch pad. It consists of
the 2 recoverable booster rockets along the side of the great big orange
tank in the middle. This tank is the external fuel tank that holds the
majority of the solid rocket fuel the shuttle burns. To learn more about
the orbiter, check out this URL:

If any of you are interested in viewing a shuttle launch, below is a URL
for more information. Anyone can view the launch and they're
free of charge. For most folks, the trick is finding the time and money to
get to Florida. If you can find both, here's the link:

There were loud speakers lined along the opposite side of the road from
this viewing area and an announcer provided regular updates of
shuttle activities prior to launch. As the announcer's countdown reached
zero, everyone saw a billowing cloud form into a large plume of
rocket exhaust and steam. Thousands of gallons of water are used to spray
down the launch pad to keep it relatively cool under the intense
rocket blast which occurs during lift off. It was an amazing thing
watching the orbiter accelerate from zero to over 1,000 mph in just a few
seconds. At 25 miles overhead, the orbiter was racing along at over 2,000
mph. By the time the shuttle reaches orbit and begins circling
around the earth, it will be moving along at the steady pace of about
180,000 mph! Seeing the launch was only half the experience. Sound
travels through the air at a certain speed. Just a few seconds after
seeing the orbiter launch, we were able to feel and hear the tremendous
rumble produced from the main engines.

After the launch the following day, we joined the rest of the Sleep Team
at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to help monitor the
mission in the Science Center of Mission Control -we're just getting


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