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QuestChat Archive
Date: September 30, 1999
Featuring: Oran Cox
QuestChat Project Manager
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, CA

Thu Sep 30 15:00:10 1999

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 2 - 13:58:29 ]
Welcome to today's practice session! Feel free to post any questions you have and we will do our best to answer them today.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 4 - 14:11:26 ]
RE: [Stephanie/Edmonton] Hi Oran. Just saw that you had a chat scheduled now.
Hi Stephanie. Yes, this is one of our "practice chat sessions" we've been offering since late summer. Things are quiet right now.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 5 - 14:12:34 ]
Are you finished with school for the day today?

[ Stephanie/Edmonton - 8 - 14:14:20 ]
We get off early on Thursdays. Normally, school is off at 3 (which would be around now).

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 9 - 14:15:16 ]
RE: [Stephanie/Edmonton] We get off early on Thursdays. Normally, school is off at 3 (which would be around now).
I see. Does that mean you have longer school days on other weekdays?

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 11 - 14:17:24 ]
RE: [Stephanie/Edmonton] Yes, this was the activity for the whole day. I went to the engineering and science, computers and technology, and arts and entertainment sessions. Obviously, the first one was the most interesting to me.
That sounds great, Stephanie. Were any representatives from the Canadian Space Agency present at the career fair?

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 15 - 14:20:51 ]
RE: [Stephanie/Edmonton] School goes from 8:25-3:00 (5 classes) except on Thursdays, when junior high gets off at 12 (3 classes) and senior high at 1 (4 classes).
Sounds like you have a pretty reasonable schedule at your school. When I was in high school, most students began the day at 8:00. But some us (your's truly included) began at 7:30 a.m., and didn't finish until 3:00. It was good practice for the future, though, since I'm usually at work between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. and work until 5 or 5:30 p.m. Long days!

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 16 - 14:22:12 ]
RE: [Stephanie/Edmonton] No, it would have been interesting, though. There were some news personalities, architects, musicians, business people, engineers, etc...
OK, well hopefully you received some helpful literature from the people you met. The career fairs I attended in college were absolutely invaluable. I encourage you to attend those when you go to college, as well.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 18 - 14:23:50 ]
RE: [Stephanie/Edmonton] How's everything at Ames?
Well, we've been quite busy with a number of activities during the last few weeks. However, we've more or less caught up with ourselves for the time being. The main "news" has been the weather in the Bay Area. We've had scorching days of 90-100 degrees F during this past week. I think we should be cooling down a bit starting on Friday.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 19 - 14:24:18 ]
RE: [Stephanie/Edmonton] Yeah, but some days can be very grueling indeed! Like tomorrow, classes will include Math and double Physics!
Ouch! But I bet you've risen to the challenge! ;-)

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 21 - 14:28:52 ]
RE: [Stephanie/Edmonton] Well, we've certainly been cooling down these days. Winter is definitely on its way!
So I've hears. I was watching the local weather the other day, and the forecaster mentioned snow had already been falling in different sections of the U.S. I thought I was dreaming, because the weather here was so hot. However, I shouldn't be surprised, since fall and winter tend to "kick in" much later where I live (northern California.)

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 24 - 14:32:34 ]
RE: [Stephanie/Edmonton] Too bad about the Climate Orbiter. I was following its mission closely. The latest news release says that the loss was likely due to miscommunication with the engineers (metric vs. English).
Although I haven't been able to follow that story as closely as I would have liked, I do recall reading a press release that mentioned the loss was due to some form of miscommunication between mission control and the vehicle. Many researchers involved in the project were obviously VERY disappointed about the loss.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 25 - 14:35:00 ]
RE: [Stephanie] Do you follow hockey?
I used to follow hockey pretty closely when the San Jose Sharks team was formed. Although I've certainly developed an interest for the sport, again, I don't have too much time to follow everything going on. Is asking you if you are a hockey fan a rather unnecessary question? ;-)

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 27 - 14:39:58 ]
RE: [Stephanie] I love hockey, and many people in Edmonton would say so too! Just mentioning it because tomorrow, it's the Oilers first regular season game tomorrow and there's going to be a ceremony where they will retire Gretzky's number.
Wow! I bet the ceremony will be packed, and people may event consider the day to be like a holiday, right? Will many of your classmates and teachers be tuning in for that?

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 29 - 14:47:11 ]
RE: [Stephanie] One of ours roads is being renamed Wayne Gretzky Drive. Gretzky will be over at city hall at noon for a ceremony (I'll be in Physics then). It will be jam packed at the coliseum. Unfortunately, you cannot buy tickets for it (unless you get a 21-game pack). They will be playing the Rangers (what concidence!). I'll be following it on TV.
That sounds really exciting, Stephanie. However, I'm sure many people will also be sad to see Gretzky's number retired. I admit I really didn't know much about him until he was well into his career, and I had only seen him play a few times after that. But just during those few times, I could see why people had considered him such a phenomenal player.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 31 - 14:49:52 ]
RE: [Stephanie] Yup. Well, I've got to go now. Talk to you soon! Say hi to Linda and Marc for me! :)
I shall. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.


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