[ Linda/NASAQuest - 0 -
Thank you for registering for the Black History Month Chat with Oran Cox
from NASA Ames Research Center. This chat is scheduled to occur at 9:00
a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Be sure you have read Oran's profile at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats/ocox.html
before joining this chat.
[ Linda/NASAQuest - 1 - 14:03:31 ]
If you attempt to post messages in the chat room at this time, they will
not appear on your screen. However, we invite you to return to the chat
room on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. for our chat with Oran Cox. We look forward
to hearing from you then!
[ Linda/NASAQuest - 2 - 08:58:45 ]
Good morning! We're about to begin our chat with Oran - you may go ahead
with questions now. It helps if you identify where you are coming from
in your handle. Thanks!
[ OranCox/ARC - 4 - 09:00:31 ]
Good morning, everyone. Welcome to today's chat!
[ OranCox/ARC - 7 - 09:01:29 ]
RE: [Linda/NASAQuest] Both Brittney
and Paula want to know: Do you like your job?
Brittney and Paula: I enjoy my job very much. I'm really happy to be able
to interact with different people from different backgrounds and from
all over the world. Things can be very exciting around here!
[ Linda/NASAQuest - 8 - 09:01:38 ]
RE: [Elaina] What do you do
Hi Elaina, if you'll read Oran's profile at the URL above it will help
you know, unless I'm missing the point of your questions.
[ OranCox/ARC - 11 - 09:03:29 ]
RE: [Danisha] Since it took eight and
half years to finish college, what kept you from giving up?
I was fortunate to have a very supportive family. Without their encouragement,
I think finishing school would have been a lot harder to do. I'm really
grateful to all my family members for believing in me.
[ OranCox/ARC - 15 - 09:05:11 ]
RE: [Shontrelle] What made you do what
Shontrelle, I actually never set out to become a QuestChat manager. It
just kind of happened. I think my diverse background was a key factor
in how I found my way into this position. However, I have no regrets and
hope to continue for a long time.
[ OranCox/ARC - 17 - 09:07:36 ]
RE: [Elaina] What advesrsities have
you faced to get in your current job?
Elaina, the hardest part of my job is making sure each event goes off
without a hitch. This can be TREMENDOUSLY stressful at times, because
all of our chats, like this one, are live. The other main difficulty is
scheduling so many chats throughout the year. It's always a challenge
to schedule so many chats far advance. Problems arise and we have to make
changes at the last minute sometimes.
[ OranCox/ARC - 18 - 09:08:26 ]
RE: [Sara] Oran, Where did Augustus
Jackson live? (the one who invented ice cream)
Sorry, Sara, I should probably know this, but I don't. See what you can
find on the Internet and you can share with the rest of us!
[ OranCox/ARC - 20 - 09:09:11 ]
RE: [Paula] Have you lived in CA all
Paula, yes, I was born and raised in San Jose, California and live there
[ OranCox/ARC - 24 - 09:12:04 ]
RE: [IB/SJSU] Hi Mr. Cox, You've mentioned
that one of your long-term goals is to be an anthropological mission specialist.
What experiments would you be interested in conducting as the mission
Hi IB, I would actually be more interested in helping the other mission
specialists and astronauts in space deal with any cultural differences
that may negatively impact their interaction with each other. During some
of our previous missions with the Russian cosmonauts, we heard that some
of the U.S. astronauts felt uncomfortable at times because they didn't
understand the cultural dynamics. I think that is where someone like me
would be able to be beneficial.
[ OranCox/ARC - 26 - 09:13:58 ]
RE: [Elaina] WHat is your favorite food?
Hmmm, well, to be honest I have 2: chocolate chip cookies and pizza. I
only eat pizza once every few months, but believe it or not, I try to
make a batch of chocolate chip cookies once a week. It's usually my "end
of the week" treat for myself. I must watch my waist line, though!
[ OranCox/ARC - 28 - 09:16:51 ]
RE: [KasheenaPrice] Hi Oran ! I just
wanted to know how your family feels about your great achievements??
KasheenaPrice, my family is very happy that I have been able to find a
career that makes me happy, and that I am interested in continuing to
pursue my education through graduate school. However, ALL my family members
are successful in their own right, too.
[ OranCox/ARC - 29 - 09:17:46 ]
RE: [Paula] Did you ever want to be
in any other profession?
Paula, yes, but I'm happy to be part of NASA. This was actually one of
my dreams as a child, and I feel like I'm right where I want to be for
[ OranCox/ARC - 32 - 09:19:26 ]
RE: [Brittney] Do you ever get tired
from doing all your work?
Brittney, yes. I and my coworkers work long hours, and as I mentioned,
I'm also in graduate school. So I try to take care of myself physically
to keep up with my challenging schedule.
[ OranCox/ARC - 34 - 09:20:37 ]
RE: [lonnie] will you ever go into space
Lonnie, I'd certainly like to have the chance to go. Perhaps I will if
private companies design spacecraft to take "regular" citizens in space.
Hopefully, we'll all have the chance to go someday.
[ OranCox/ARC - 38 - 09:23:33 ]
RE: [Michelle] Oran, I know much about
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and what he did for us, but I have only recently
seen a very long list of other blacks who I've never heard of before.
Why haven't they been credited in history for their inventions?
Michelle, I would imagine that as we continue to review the history of
our country, we will uncover much more about the people that helped to
shape it. Once upon a time, black people were not allowed to take credit
for their innovations in the United States. However, what we can be proud
of are the many African Americans today who are contributing to this country
and making history.
[ OranCox/ARC - 39 - 09:25:39 ]
RE: [Amy] What courses did you take
throughout college to get where you are today?
Amy, I took a variety of courses in my college undergraduate career. My
of the classes were in math, science, and computer science. But I've also
had a lot of coursework in social science and humanities. I believe my
diverse academic background helps me in my work with people in different
[ OranCox/ARC - 40 - 09:26:52 ]
RE: [Paul] how did you get involved
Paul, I first worked at NASA as a high school student in the SHARP program.
I participated in a college internship program many years later, and was
hired permanently after graduating from college.
[ OranCox/ARC - 43 - 09:28:13 ]
RE: [CharlotteMaryWong] Have you ever
wanted to quit your job that you have now? If so--what did you want to
CharlotteMaryWong, yes, I've had those days that I've wanted to quit.
But not because I wasn't interested in my work and wanted to find another
job. Let's just say it's been for "political" reasons. But you'll find
that at any job you have.
[ OranCox/ARC - 44 - 09:28:31 ]
Hello Oran and Linda, MSOC 3rd and 4th graders will be able to chat today.
Sorry we are a little late.
Welcome back, Mrs. Mock!
[ Linda/NASAQuest - 45 - 09:28:56
Hello Oran and Linda, MSOC 3rd and 4th graders will be able to chat today.
Sorry we are a little late.
Hi Mrs. Mock and class, Good to have you on board. We have LOTS of questions
waiting. Oran will answer as many as he can.
[ OranCox/ARC - 50 - 09:32:40 ]
RE: [KasheenaPrice] Being an African-American
have you ever experienced prejudice behavior toward you?
KasheenaPrice, unfortunately, yes. Since I was very young, I've been exposed
to people prejudices because of my racial background. But things have
gotten much better since that time. There will always be people around
who will have prejudices about something, but just continue to push forward
toward your goals and you will be successful.
[ OranCox/ARC - 53 - 09:34:19 ]
RE: [IB/SJSU] What technological advances
do you see for QuestChat in the future?
IB, we've considered adding Java capability to our chat software. But
we've not quite implemented that. We deliberately use a simple chat interface
to allow a large audience to participate in our chats.
[ OranCox/ARC - 54 - 09:35:34 ]
RE: [Danisha] Who encouraged your family
(all your sisters and brothers)to go to college?
My parents had tremendous forsight and were adamant that all my brothers
and sisters would attend college. Again, we are all grateful to them for
their neverending support, encouragement, love, and sacrifice.
[ OranCox/ARC - 55 - 09:37:14 ]
RE: [Tyrell] How much money do you make
Tyrell, the starting salary for engineers in the Silicon Valley at this
time is anywhere between $40,000 and $60,000. How much you are paid depends
on where you work and your experience.
[ OranCox/ARC - 60 - 09:38:49 ]
RE: [goat] HI ORAN ! Will you ever go
into space and use what you have learned in college AND HOW MUCH MONEY
DID IT COST YOU TO GO TO COLLEGE THAT LONG
Goat, I do hope to go to space one day and use all the knowledge I've
gained. Because I transferred to a junior college and finished at a public
university, the costs weren't too high.
[ OranCox/ARC - 62 - 09:41:46 ]
RE: [Cherise] I just wanted to know,
is your career something that a lot of people can go into, or is it a
select job, that only has room for some.
Cherise, many people can moderate chats. But my job tends to be very diverse,
so you having a diverse academic background would allow you to do much
more in a career like mine, and stand out in the crowd.
[ OranCox/ARC - 63 - 09:42:09 ]
RE: [Jessica] Were you born in the United
Jessica, yes, I was born and raised in San Jose, California.
[ OranCox/ARC - 64 - 09:43:36 ]
RE: [MrsKoopsclass] Did you always have
an interest in Astronomy?
MrsKoopsclass, yes, I've always been interested in space since childhood.
I am in no way an expert on all astronomical topics. But I'm still interested
in learning different things about our galaxy and space.
[ OranCox/ARC - 65 - 09:44:01 ]
RE: [Christopher] Do you plan on staying
with Nasa for the rest ofyour carrer???????????
Christopher, I'd certainly like to!
[ OranCox/ARC - 69 - 09:46:04 ]
RE: [Brittney] Have you thought about
getting married and having children?
Brittney, yes, I've thought about it. But right now, I'm happy with being
single and enjoying the company of my friends and family. I'm also dedicated
to pursuing my personal life goals, so I would like to take this time
to focus on those things.
[ OranCox/ARC - 70 - 09:46:45 ]
RE: [Emily] How long do you plan on
staying in school?
Emily, that's a good questions. After I graduated, I thought I was finally
done. But then I entered graduate school. So who knows?
[ OranCox/ARC - 74 - 09:48:13 ]
RE: [Jessica] Have you ever done advertisements
Doyle, the closest I've come to making a NASA "advertisement" is producing
a video for our QuestChats. This has been shown on NASA TV and on some
local cable channels. I've actually made a few "fans!" :-)
[ OranCox/ARC - 75 - 09:49:53 ]
RE: [Falisha] Hi Oran! I'd like to know
what your job does that effects us?
Falisha, that fact that you are chatting with me right now is a direct
outcome of my job. I'm involved in managing all chats such as these for
our NASA Quest group here at NASA Ames Research Center.
[ OranCox/ARC - 76 - 09:51:22 ]
RE: [Shontrelle] Does your family play
a big role in your life?
Shontrelle, my family is VERY important to me, and we are all very close.
Although we don't see each other too often because of our busy lives and
locations, we communicate by e-mail and telephone, and try to reunite
at least once per year.
[ OranCox/ARC - 78 - 09:53:16 ]
RE: [doyle] oran what other majors did
you consider in life
Doyle, I originally majored in computer science and pursued that for many
years. I've also considered mathematics, English, and several different
science majors. I took coursework in these majors but eventually graduated
with an anthropology degree. Go figure!
[ OranCox/ARC - 81 - 09:54:13 ]
RE: [MrsK] Why do you think youand your
siblings all seem to be successful and went to college?
Mrs K, I'm sure our success is a result of our parents. they have been
the essential element in all our lives.
[ OranCox/ARC - 86 - 09:55:26 ]
RE: [marco] Is this what you have wanted
to do all your life, or is their another job you have wanted to do also?
Marco, as I explained earlier, I've always been interested in working
for the space program. But I've given some thought to opening up my own
restaurant some day. We'll see.
[ OranCox/ARC - 87 - 09:55:58 ]
RE: [Etta] Have you ever met any famous
Etta, I've met some astronauts but I'm not sure how famous they are.
[ OranCox/ARC - 88 - 09:56:43 ]
RE: [Danisha] How much sleep do you
get at night?
Danisha, I usually get about 6 hours of sleep per night. (My mother always
tell me I need to get more , though.) ;-)
[ OranCox/ARC - 90 - 09:58:42 ]
RE: [Jasmine] Oran, You seem to be a
very intelligent black man. When you were applying for jobs did you ever
experience prejudice from people who seemed intimidated by your intelligence?
If any of them were, I didn't let it bother me too much. I'd only be bothered
by it if they tried to prevent me from achieving my goals.
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RE: [Paul] Oran which college did you
Have you read Oran's profile at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats/ocox.html
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RE: [shelly] Hey Oran, were you ever
a high school genius when you went there?
Shelly, I wouldn't say I was a genius. But I did try to work very hard
and study effectively. I guess my classmates were impressed with my academic
performance, because they voted me Most Likely to Succeed.
[ OranCox/ARC - 97 - 10:03:32 ]
RE: [Lonnie] I really want to be an
astronaut, and I was wondering what courses I would have to take in college
to get there?
Lonnie, personally, I would recommend that you learn as much as you can
from a variety of disciplines. However, at this time, NASA looks first
at people with science/engineering backgrounds. So you probably want to
focus on those areas in college.
[ OranCox/ARC - 104 - 10:04:17 ]
RE: [doyle] how much do you bench press
Doyle, I haven't benched press since I was in high school. I guess I better
start up again so I can see just how much I'm able to do.
[ OranCox/ARC - 105 - 10:05:14 ]
RE: [Michelle] Oran, Before you decided
to be part of NASA, what were your future plans for an profession?
Michelle, I though about working for a private computer company. But I
worked at one as an intern and didn't like it. So I'm happy where I am
[ OranCox/ARC - 106 - 10:06:17 ]
RE: [Burt] Do you have a dog?
Our family has a dog, named Anxious, who is 12 years old, I think.
[ Linda/NASAQuest - 107 - 10:06:36
We are accepting no more questions now, but Oran has agreed to stick around
a little longer. We will answer what we can in that time. Thanks for joining
us. Please be sure to respond back to us about your experience by filling
in the survey at:http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats/qchat-surveys
[ OranCox/ARC - 108 - 10:07:39 ]
RE: [Paul] Mr.Cox do you believe in
Paul, personally, I think we certainly could have some neighbors in other
galaxies. (I just hope NASA doesn't think I'm crazy for admitting this
[ OranCox/ARC - 109 - 10:08:15 ]
RE: [Jessica] Im a second grader....
have you ever played dodge ball?
Jessica, yes! It was one of my favorite games as a kid!
[ OranCox/ARC - 114 - 10:09:52 ]
RE: [Franchesca] Were you ever a really
popular kid in high school? Or were kinda like bill gates, not popular
I was "popular" for my academics, mostly. I wouldn't say I was rich, though.
My parents worked very hard to make my brothers and sisters feel comfortable,
even though we did not have a lot.
[ OranCox/ARC - 116 - 10:11:42 ]
RE: [JessicaCHS] Have you ever been
in a bomb threat situation?
JessicaCHS, I've been through many bomb threats, but fortunately, they've
all been hoaxes.
[ OranCox/ARC - 117 - 10:12:27 ]
RE: [Tyleranewtrooper] How many people
do you think log-on to your website?
Tyler, we generally receive over 550,000 hits on our site each week.
[ OranCox/ARC - 118 - 10:14:28 ]
RE: [PaulC] If you had A chance to start
over, would you do it all over again?
Paul, if I could "start over," I'd definitely do some things differently.
But I'm grateful I've been able to work through some adversity and still
come out O.K.. The key is making the best with what you have.
[ OranCox/ARC - 119 - 10:16:19 ]
RE: [Christopher] I highly respect the
fact that your a black male working for the most sophistocated organization
in the world. Do you know of any Black people into space?
Christopher, there are many black people who have been to space and support
NASA at different centers through out the country.
[ OranCox/ARC - 120 - 10:17:22 ]
RE: [Christopher] I highly respect the
fact that your a black male working for the most sophistocated organization
in the world. Do you know of any Black people into space?
You can learn about some of these African Americans by visiting the NASA
Johnson Space Center web site, at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov.
[ OranCox/ARC - 121 - 10:20:03 ]
RE: [Johnathano] Hello my name Jon.
I highly believe that anybody can achieve there goals if they apply themselves.
And you have proved this to me. Is there any suggestions that you have
for me if I were to work with NASA?
Jonathan, many of the people who work for NASA do so because they are
dedicated to making things better for people on Earth. If that's something
that you wish to do, NASA is a good place to be for that. The main thing
is to find something you enjoy doing, wherever that may be.
[ OranCox/ARC - 170 - 14:06:25 ]
RE: [Ryan] Oran, What was the black
astronaut's name that died in the Challenger explosion?
I believe you may be thinking of Ronald McNair, who was a member of the
crew that died during the Challenger mission.
[ OranCox/ARC - 171 - 14:10:21 ]
RE: [Elaina] If you could change anything
about your job, what would it be?
I'm not exactly sure what I would change about my job. However, I'd probably
like to extend the hours in the day so I could have more time to work,
study, and sleep.
[ OranCox/ARC - 172 - 14:34:56 ]
RE: [doyle] do you feel that you are
discriminated as a black male in the nasa profession
Doyle, I don't feel as if I've been discriminated against within NASA.
Since I've worked in high school, I've never had any problems with any
of my coworkers. However, when we first presented the Black History Month
chats a couple of years ago, I did receive some negative e-mail. Thankfully,
this has not been the case since then. We're happy to provide these opportunities
to you and others.
[ OranCox/ARC - 173 - 14:37:13 ]
RE: [Jessica] What do you think the
future of the space program is?
Jessica, in the short term, I think NASA will be pushing to construct
the Internation Space Station in the next few years. In the long term,
we may continue our missions to Mars, other planets in our solar system,
[ OranCox/ARC - 174 - 14:41:17 ]
RE: [JackieChan] Oran, what was your
I'd say my greatest achievement has been reaching the goals I've set for
myself. There were many times when I thought I'd never achieve my goals,
no matter how hard I worked. The fact that I I have and continue to do
so makes me very proud that I never gave up. Neither should you!
[ OranCox/ARC - 175 - 14:46:10 ]
RE: [Paula/PenderHigh] How long have
you been working in this profession?
Paula, I've been working with NASA Quest for almost 3 years. Part of the
time was as a college intern.
[ OranCox/ARC - 176 - 14:52:31 ]
RE: [raheem] What is you favorite mexican
Hi Raheem, I REALLY like vegetarian burritos. There's a place in San Jose
that I've frequented since college that has totally great (and huge) veggie
burritos. It's not quite Mexican cuisine, but it sure tastes good.
[ OranCox/ARC - 177 - 14:57:29 ]
RE: [Paul] Do you travel around the
world with you job?
Paul, if I had to travel all over the world for my job, I'd probably never
to produce all the chats I do. Any traveling I do is usually local or
to other states. Last summer, I went to Atlanta for NASA's involvement
in the NAACP national convention. Unfortunately, I had less than 24 hour's
notice of my flight plans. But the trip was good for our group.
[ OranCox/ARC - 178 - 14:59:02 ]
RE: [Jessica] What was your favorite
subject in high school?
Jessica, my favorite subject in high school was probably English, with
Physics a close second. It seems fitting that I continued mixing my academic
background in the later years of my life.
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RE: [Jasmine] Oran, In your opinion,
what is the greatest invention of an African-American?
From my perspective, surviving under seeming insurmountable odds has been
the greatest "inventions" of African Americans. The more I learn about
the horrible conditions my ancestors were forced to live in, the more
astounded I am that many were able to survive and, in some cases, flourish
in later years. I'm not sure if I would have been able to do the same.
[ OranCox/ARC - 180 - 15:08:28 ]
RE: [Jessica] What kind of music do
you like to listen to?
I listen to a lot of modern jazz and "easy listening" music. It's really
relaxing to me. One of our interns was riding in my car one day, and remarked
that my music made him want to fall asleep. I guess it was a little too
relaxing for him.
[ OranCox/ARC - 181 - 15:11:16 ]
RE: [Jessica] Do you think that the
government will stop funding the space program?
Jessica, I would imagine that as long as NASA can make a good case to
continue space exploration, we will always have some level of funding
available. However, these days, NASA must be able to do as much or more
with less money. So that requires scientists and engineers to be very
creative in their experiments and designs.
[ OranCox/ARC - 182 - 15:13:35 ]
RE: [Alexis3rd/MSOC] Is it hard to write
Alexis, writing my autobiography was very challenging for me, because
I've done a lot of different things. But the main message I want you and
others to receiving is that you can turn your dreams into reality if you
continue to work hard.
[ OranCox/ARC - 183 - 15:14:15 ]
RE: [Jessica] How old are you?
Alexis, I'm 28 years old and will be 29 in July.
[ OranCox/ARC - 184 - 15:16:08 ]
RE: [Paula] What do you think will be
the outcome of year 2000?
Paula, personally, I think the year 2000 (Y2K) will look much like 1999
does today. It's really interesting to look at old movies and books and
see what we thought life would be like in the future.
[ OranCox/ARC - 185 - 15:18:11 ]
RE: [AsiaRose] How many people do you
work with? and do you get along with them like all the time
AsiaRose, I work with about 10 people in a building at NASA Ames. We also
have several people who telecommute from different states in the U.S.
that are part of our group.
[ OranCox/ARC - 186 - 15:22:57 ]
RE: [OranCox/ARC] AsiaRose, I work with about 10 people
in a building at NASA Ames. We also have several people who telecommute
from different states in the U.S. that are part of our group.
Sometimes we have disagreements in our group, but they're usually resolved
quickly. I'm fortunate to work with a group of really neat people.
[ OranCox/ARC - 187 - 15:23:24 ]
RE: [Paul] Mr.Cox who is your Idol?
Paul, I've never really had an idol.
[ OranCox/ARC - 188 - 15:24:39 ]
RE: [Stephanie] Oran, Have you invented
Not quite, Stephanie. I'm not sure if I would I would make. But I guess
I would create something if I needed it and couldn't find it already.
[ OranCox/ARC - 189 - 15:35:42 ]
RE: [JessicaCHS] Do you think the earth
will ever be in danger of extinction by a huge asteroid or comet?
Jessica, we have evidence that Earth has been struck by large rocks from
space before. It's very possible that something like this could happen
again. However, we have sophisticated equipment that can help us track
large bodies from space. So we would have some warning beforehand.
[ OranCox/ARC - 190 - 15:39:04 ]
RE: [Jennifer3rd/MSOC] How many chats
have you done?
Jennifer, I can't think of the exact number. But we typically offer at
least 5 chats or more every week. So the number is definitely in the hundreds.
[ OranCox/ARC - 191 - 15:40:48 ]
RE: [Elaina] What is your favorite movie?
Is it something about mary?
Elaina, I don't think I have a favorite. But I ALWAYS make time to see
all Star Trek movies.
[ OranCox/ARC - 192 - 15:43:11 ]
RE: [Jessica] Who was your biggest role
model growing up?
Probably my two oldest sisters. They were always accomplishing something
that made me want to work hard, too. Sometimes, I'd be hard on myself
because I didn't think I was "as good" as them. But that was also my way
of trying to do well like them.
[ OranCox/ARC - 193 - 15:49:00 ]
RE: [Travis] What was your GPA in high
Travis, I had a "B/B+" average throughout high school. I wasn't always
motivated to study, but I made sure not to let my grades slip too far.
[ OranCox/ARC - 194 - 15:50:28 ]
RE: [Lucian] Hello, Mr. Cox. I own a
web site which I am promoting as a "Youth Space Forum". Is there any chance
of having an astronaut as a guest in our chat room, and how would I go
Lucian, events and appearances with astronauts are facilitated through
the Public Affairs division at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Check their
web site at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov for more information
[ OranCox/ARC - 195 - 16:03:51 ]
RE: [Jessica] How hard is it to get
into to Santa Clara university?
Jessica, Santa Clara University is a private university, with a small
population. Therefore, the entrance requirements may be different from
other schools. But you shouldn't let something like that keep you from
trying to attend a school that you want to. Just work as hard as you can,
and if you don't get into your first choice school, there are plenty of
other good schools to choose from.
[ OranCox/ARC - 196 - 16:07:18 ]
RE: [Jessica] How do you feel about
Black History Month?
Jessica, I think Black History Month is a great way to learn about the
accomplishments, struggles, and contributions of many African Americans.
For me, it is a time to reflect upon what I now have as a result of others'
[ OranCox/ARC - 197 - 16:09:58 ]
RE: [Elaina] When you were young, did
you picture yourself doing what you do today?
Elaina, no, I had no idea I would be doing what I am today. I think things
turned out are really great for me, though.
[ OranCox/ARC - 198 - 16:14:37 ]
RE: [Tyler] Where you there when John
Glenn went on his last mission??
Tyler, I was not present at Kennedy Space Center for the shuttle launch
marking John Glenn's return to space. However, my group presented a 2
hour live Internet broadcast of the event, which was very exciting. You
can take a look at parts of the event on our site, at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc.
[ OranCox/ARC - 199 - 16:18:00 ]
RE: [goat] Do you think the hubble telescope
is the greatest achievement nasa has preformed
Goat, I think NASA has done many great things in the last few years, like
implementing the Mars missions, linking the space shuttle with the Russian
Mir Space Station, and moving foward with the International Space Station
effort. There are even more great accomplishments that occur everyday
that you may not hear about. But they are equally significant and worthy
[ OranCox/ARC - 200 - 16:19:31 ]
RE: [Sara] Oran, Have you ever been
to a shuttle launch?
Sara, I've never been to a space shuttle launch. But it's on my "list
of things to do."
[ OranCox/ARC - 201 - 16:22:27 ]
RE: [Jessica] What's a field journal?
Jessica, a field journal is like a "snapshot" of some of the activities
that our NASA experts are involved in. Some describe their work with astronauts,
maintenance on the space shuttle, or traveling around the world. You can
read some our expert's field journals on our projects. Visit our NASA
Quest home page at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov to learn more about field
[ OranCox/ARC - 202 - 16:25:51 ]
RE: [Johnathano] do you feel somewhat
lucky making it to were you currently stand?
Jonathano, yes, I'm very fortunate to be where I am in my life right now.
I don't take my life for granted, either. So that helps me map out alternative
plans in case things don't always work out. I've learned that although
things can be going great for a time, they can also change quite rapidly.
[ OranCox/ARC - 203 - 16:28:22 ]
RE: [David] Because of your diverse
academic background has this made you want to give up ion your dreams??
David, absolutely not. I'm the kind of person that is always looking to
learn something in whatever I do. I also have a lot of things that I still
wish to accomplish in my life. So I'm sure I'll always have at least one
more goal to strive for.
[ OranCox/ARC - 204 - 16:30:02 ]
RE: [Paula] What time do you have to
be to work and what time do you usually get off?
Paula, my arrival and departure time from work varies. But I usually work
between nine and ten hours per day.
[ OranCox/ARC - 205 - 16:34:43 ]
RE: [Jessica] Are you part of launches
Jessica, I would say only indirectly. Although we are not directly involved
with the science, training, and launch of a mission, we do try to have
those directly involved in our online chats. They can then share their
roles in a mission with folks like you.
[ OranCox/ARC - 206 - 16:38:03 ]
RE: [Jessica] What are your thoughts
on building a spacestation?
Jessica, I think the construction of the International Space Station is
definitely an ambitious undertaking. Building it will take a lot of time,
patience, and perseverance. But NASA is committed to this effort, and
when it is completed, it will certainly be a monument to the human potential.
[ OranCox/ARC - 207 - 16:48:04 ]
RE: [Elaina] Do you speak any foreign
Elaina, I studied Spanish for 3 years in high school and the equivalent
of 4 years in college. Pero no puedo comunicar perfectamente. Muchas veces,
hago errores (But I'm not able to communicate perfectly. Many times, I
[ OranCox/ARC - 208 - 16:50:21 ]
RE: [Ryan] Oran, Is the experimentation
of the X-33 still in progress?
I believe so, Ryan. But I am not sure what the status of the testing is
right now. You can find out by visiting the NASA Johnson web site, at
[ OranCox/ARC - 209 - 16:54:00 ]
RE: [Uldarkee] Yes, hi, did you ever
want to go to another country and study??
Uldarkee, I did consider it in high school, but I didn't want to have
to repeat a semester when I returned home. I didn't study overseas in
college since I had already transferred twice by the time I enrolled at
SJSU. But traveling to another country is also on my "to do" list. I also
hope to take a cruise to Alaska with one of my sisters at some point.
[ OranCox/ARC - 210 - 16:56:14 ]
RE: [Jessica] Would you ever live in
a space station if they built one?
Jessica, I'd like to think I would. It would be a once in a lifetime experience!
[ OranCox/ARC - 211 - 16:58:42 ]
RE: [Danisha] Do you like living in
the Bay area?
Danisha, I really do. Not only because I grew up here, but the people,
scenery and, of course, weather are really wonderful. Unfortunately, living
here has become much more expensive over the years, so that's kind of
[ OranCox/ARC - 212 - 17:02:09 ]
RE: [goat] Did you graduate with honors
Goat, I didn't graduate with honors from college but I did make the Dean's
List while I was an undergraduate. Fortunately, I'm doing really well
right now in graduate school, and have been invited to join an honor's
fraternity. Although I probably won't, it's nice to be recognized for
[ OranCox/ARC - 213 - 17:05:47 ]
RE: [Jessica] Did you ever want to be
Jessica, like so many other people, I dreamed of floating in space and
flying on space ships as a kid. I still do. But I now have a much better
understanding of all the training, responsibilities, and competitiveness
to become a shuttle crew member. This just means that a lot of hard work
would be involved to achieve this dream. But if it's something I really
want to do, then I'll work for it.
[ Linda/NASAQuest - 122 - 10:20:09
Thanks for joining us! Please don't forget to send in the survey at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/qchats/qchat-surveys
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[ LTMS - 124 - 10:24:01 ]
Oran, It has been a privilege to chat with you. Thank you for all of your
[ MrSalmonsClass - 125 - 10:24:01 ]
We thank you very much in participating in this chat with you. You are
an extraordinary man and we wish you the best in everything you do now
and in the near future.
[ OranCox/ARC - 123 - 10:21:11 ]
Thank you to Linda and everyone for participating in today's chat. Have
a great day!