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Practice Session Archive
February 10, 2000

Featured URLs: [ Oran/NASAChatHost - 0 - 15:02:29 ]
Thank you for visiting us! At this time, you may submit questions that will be answered during our next live practice session (to be announced.)

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 1 - 15:02:42 ]
Although your questions will not appear on your screen, they will be held in our chat queue and posted during the live session. We will do our best to answer as many of your questions as we can. You can find responses to your questions in our session archives. We look forward to hearing from you!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 13 - 15:08:19 ]
RE: [Rebekah] What is it like working with NASA?
Rebekah, working with NASA is surely an exciting experience for many people. Many of us like exploring and learning about "the unknown," such as other planets and different phenomena in space. Closer to home, however, there are other activities we find equally gratifying, such as solving some of the mysteries of our own planet, and connecting with people like yourself on the Internet. If you choose to pursue a career in NASA, you will certainly have many great opportunities to choose from.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 14 - 15:11:05 ]
RE: [EngMohamedAbuMohamed] What is the fuel constructions which you use it for the spacecraft and do you have any problem with the fuel pump in the spacecraft, If you have before any problem what is excactly error you had find it in the fuel pump also what is the best soluions for such errors. how many days to test the machines I mean the mechnical machines for the spacecraft as well the electirical machines and automatic control machines (Computer system for the spacecraft).
EngMohamedAbuMohamed, your questions can most likely be answered best by some of our real "experts" who work with the technology you are asking about on a daily basis. Check our online schedule of events at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events to learn about upcoming chats and Web casts with scientists, researchers, and others who may be able to answer your questions. Thanks for your interest.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 15 - 15:14:13 ]
RE: [milan] how do i see my house from a sattlite transmission
Milan, you may not necessarily be able to see your house (specifically) from a satellite, but you can certainly view different landscapes and regions on Earth taken from satellites and the space shuttle. There are MANY sites on the Internet that you can visit to find views from space. You may wish to start with the NASA home web site, at http://www.nasa.gov to begin your search. Good luck!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 16 - 15:17:54 ]
RE: [Lillie] I am new to the chat sessions and am interested in learning more about your topics you will be discussing.
Lillie, we offer chats which cover a range of topics. Our regularly scheduled weekly chats focus on aeronautics, space science, and space technology and exploration. However, we also offer a suite of special chat series, such as our upcoming Black History Month chats in February 2000, bilingual chats (in English and Spanish), and our Virtual Take Our Daughters to Work Day chats, which are offered on the last Thursday in April. Be sure to check our schedule of events for these and other chats, at http://quest.nasa.gov/qchats/schedule to keep up to date. Thank you for your interest, and we hope to hear from you online again!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 19 - 15:19:40 ]
RE: [Joy] We had a bit of trouble last time and we need to practice. Am I doing it right?
Joy, we received your message and are glad you were able to join us. If you would like to schedule a time to practice, please contact Oran Cox at NASA Ames Research Center (ocox@mail.arc.nasa.gov) to arrange a time.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 21 - 15:23:59 ]
RE: [justin] what is the mars millenum project?
Justin, the Mars Millennium Project is a program which highlights activities and upcoming missions to Mars in 2000 and beyond. You can learn more about the project at http://www.mars2030.org. Be sure to visit our NASA Quest Space Scientists Online project at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/sso to learn about our ongoing chats with Mars Millennium scientists.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 23 - 09:03:25 ]
RE: [Michelle] i want to chat with poele
Michelle, you can chat with different experts at various times of the year. Check our schedule of events at http://quest.nasa.gov/qchats/schedule to find out about our upcoming chats.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 25 - 09:10:25 ]
RE: [Cora] I had a question on what type of job would involve inventing, designing, participating in building, and observing the data collected of a space craft (such as the mars lander). Could you help?
Cora, there are many ways for you to obtain information on activities or programs involving designing, building, and observing data collection associated with a certain space craft. Visit the NASA home page at http://www.nasa.gov, where you will find links to Internet sites of NASA centers that may offer you opportunities or activities involving sapce crafts. For example, you can visit the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory web site for information on Mars space craft, the NASA Kennedy Space Center web site for information on the space shuttle, and the NASA Glenn Research Center for information on air and space craft wind tunnel testing. Again, links to these sites are provided on the NASA home page. Good luck!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 27 - 09:12:00 ]
RE: [Athena] Hi,my name is Athena I am just starting the Mars Millenium project can you help?
Hi Athena, please see Message #21 for information about the Mars Millennium project.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 29 - 12:38:44 ]
RE: [Megan] What kind of medicine do you use on other plantes
Megan, I'm certainly not a medical expert. But I would imagine many scientists and researchers have, are, and will continue to learn about how space travel and life on other planets may affect or bodies, and ways to keep us healthy. Because we have not yet settled on other planets, knowing exactly what kinds of medicines we will need may still be a bit tricky to determine. Many of the medicines we use on Earth are made from natural and man-made products, and are used to developed medicines to combat illnesses and diseases specific to planet (or at least we think!) So as we begin to settle other worlds, the medicines we use will need to be designed especially for those places, as well as remain compatible with our human bodies. Hopefully, as we continue scientific exploration, we will begin to obtain the information we will need to survive on other planets.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 31 - 13:52:01 ]
RE: [michael] is your job at nasa hard
Michael, my job can get a bit "rough" at times, especially during a month like this coming February, when we have many chats coming up. (Have a look at the schedule at http://quest.nasa.gov/qchats/schedule to see what I mean!) I think the hardest part of my job is trying to make sure the chats happen without a lot of problems. There are many things that can happen during a chat, like a networking problem, power outage, or even an emergency with our featured expert. Of course, at certain times, we have no participants log on for a chat either; that's certainly a BIG problem for us at NASA Quest, and it's one problem we haven't been able to solve yet. I will say that not knowing what will happen during our live events is what makes things fun for us sometimes. Every event is a little different from the last one, and we're bound to learn something new at the end of each.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 34 - 14:32:00 ]
RE: [megandisnmore] what is the dffernce between a loneare eclips and a solar eclips?
Megan, after all these years, I hope I can finally explain this correctly. ;-) A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth passes between the sun and the moon. The shadow of the Earth over the moon is what makes the moon temporarily "disappear" during a lunar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. The shape of the moon covering the sun is what makes the sun temporarily "disappear." In some parts of the world, a solar eclipse causes almost total darkness, whereas in other regions, sunlight may only be a little dim or affected very little. For more information about last year's solar eclipse, check out our archives at http://quest.nasa.gov/sso/chats.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 36 - 14:54:22 ]
RE: [KristenandBrandon] Why does the moon turn red during a eclipse?? We are Southbay Christrain school go to our web site at http://www.southbay.org!!!!
Kristen and Brandon, although I'm not an astrophysicist, I would venture to guess that what may look like a reddish- colored moon during a solar eclipse is actually the "glow" of the sun causing the moon to look that way. Although much of the sun is covered by the moon's body during a solar eclipse, its corona is not. So, more than likely, it is the sun's corona, escaping from behind the moon, that contributes to the red color you see.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 38 - 15:00:48 ]
RE: [MegKat] hi what kind of music do you lisen to?
MegKat, I listen to a very wide variety of music. Lately, however, I've been listening to modern jazz music. I find I like listening to that when I'm driving to and from work, and when I'm relaxing in the evening. (It probably keeps me calm, especially when I'm on the road.) But I guess I just enjoy listening to music that sounds good to my ears, so that includes almost everything!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 40 - 15:07:36 ]
RE: [megandisnmore] what is your favorite t.v. show?
Megan, I'd have to say I enjoy Star Trek shows/movies the most, although I really don't watch much television during the week. (Since I'm also in graduate school, homework comes first!) If I'm not watching Star Trek, I'll usually check out public television (PBS), or the science fiction, Discovery, Learning, or History Channel on cable. Oh yes, I'm also a "news junkie," so I also watch local, national, and international news.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 42 - 15:11:13 ]
RE: [sandy] how many times will there be a eclipse a year?
Sandy, I'm not exactly sure how many eclipses will occur this year. I'm sure you could easily find out by searching the Internet, though. Avid amateur and professional astronomers will usually have information on the web telling us when we should once again look up to the skies for the next astronomical show. So check it out!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 44 - 15:21:38 ]
RE: [megandisnmore] can a lonare eclips blind you?
Megan, I have not heard cases in which people have been blinded by a lunar eclipse. But just because I haven't heard of one doesn't mean it has never happened before! ;-) As for a solar eclipse, for no reason should you ever look directly at the sun without proper equipment to shield your eyes from its harmful rays. You don't have to look at the sun very long to cause damage to your eyes. So just be sure to be safe when viewing some of our naturally occurring atmospheric light shows, and don't forget to have fun, as well!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 46 - 14:11:24 ]
RE: [Mary] Okay, well....there isn't any practice windows, so hopefully this will go alright. I am not necessarily looking for advise, but actually information. I was hoping someone might know how I could possibly correlate languages, archeaology, and health/fitness into one field. I am reading a book called "What color is your Parachute" and he asks us which three subjects we love to study. These are my three. Then, we are supposed to interview people and ask these people if they could think of any correlation between these subjects. I have found noone that can even remotely open their mind up to what other fields are in their studies. Please tell me of anything that pops into your mind so that I may be able to explore it. If I knew what i was looking for, I wouldn't be asking for assistance....thank you.
Mary, perhaps at this time, you may want to focus more on what the different career areas you've listed are comprised of, versus trying to nail down an actual career field. That can take some time. Certainly, archaeology and languages fit quite nicely together, as both are tied to anthropology. However, you might also consider how archaeology requires some level of physical activity, depending on the types of excavations being conducted. Additionally, think about the effects frequent travel may have on archaeologists who venture to different excavation sites, both domestic and abroad. Sometimes, a lot of travel to different parts of the world, coupled with labor intensive activities, can cause our bodies to undergo some level of physical stress. (Emotional or psychological effects can also come into play). Now, these examples may not give you a concrete idea of a career to pursue. But as you narrow your interests and learn more about the possible careers you're interested in, I'm sure you will certainly find even more ways to tie them together. If not, don't forget you can always fit your interests into your hobbies!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 48 - 09:04:13 ]
RE: [Mary] Thank you very much for the advise. The book had me so wound up on finding one absolute field, that I didn't even consider having hobbies. Also, I will continue to find out about the separate career choices first. It might behoove me to go slowly rather than jump in all at once. Thanks again.....
Our pleasure, Mary! We're glad you stopped by to ask your questions. We hope you can join us online for some of our chats with people in careers or who have interests similar to yours. You can find more information about our chats on our QuestChat Information Center, at http://quest.nasa.gov/qchats. We to hear from you in the future!


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