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Eugene Roddenberry, Technical Advisor, Earth: Final Conflict television series

Christopher Roosa, U.S. Marine Corps, Reservist, son of Astronaut Stuart Roosa and

Rose Grymes, Outreach Program Manager for NASA Life Sciences


last read Mon Sep 28 09:46:25 1998

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 0 - 13:06:34 ]
Join us here for the chat at The Challenge Project resumes its interactive events following evacuation for the Hurricane Georges.

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 1 - 13:08:00 ]
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[ Linda/NASAQuest - 2 - 07:24:54 ]
We are in place here at the MRDF, are you there Station?

[ Station - 3 - 07:25:53 ]
Online and ready.

[ Station - 5 - 07:29:18 ]
Rod Roddenberry has just entered, and is getting dry and comfortable. Anyone signed up for this chat, Linda? Did you get in touch with David and David for this afternooon?

[ Station - 6 - 07:33:07 ]
Where is everybody/

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 8 - 07:35:01 ]
RE: [Station] Hey there, America, this is Rose on-line from under the waves!
Hey Rose, Good to see you. I do see the COSI folks all registered, but not identified yet.

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 9 - 07:35:23 ]
RE: [Tom/KSC-Tom/KSC] Hi from KSC. Tom
Welcome aboard Tom!

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 11 - 07:36:21 ]
Stephanie, if you're online could you please just say hi so we know you're there?

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 12 - 07:37:18 ]
RE: [Tom/KSC-Tom/KSC] Thanks, how do things look today?
We've been very fortunate. Dennis can tell you more about the station, but I was down this morning and all looks terrific!

[ Station - 13 - 07:37:49 ]
Well, I don't know about the rest of you topside, but down here it is wonderful. Lovely setting, good company. The light through the water is a lovely shade, very restful. It's a great place to be exploring. Later this afternoon, our chat will be focused an a famous American explorer of the space frontier, John Glenn, and the mission that will take him back to space, STS-95 in October. This morning, we have Christopher Roosa, whose father flew on Apollo 14, and Rod Roddenberry, whose father imagined the StarTrek universe. Have at them with questions.

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 14 - 07:38:47 ]
I see that Harker School has registered too. If you're on, please let us know!

[ COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus - 16 - 07:40:36 ]
COSI is here now with a roomfull of seniors who are enjoying a little time together and ready to talk with you.

[ Station - 17 - 07:41:24 ]
RE: [Linda/NASAQuest] Welcome aboard Tom!
Hi, Tom, Dennis is just explaining the plant demonstration to Rod.

[ StationERoddenberry - 18 - 07:42:44 ]
Hey Everyone! How'z topside?

[ StationERoddenberry - 20 - 07:44:37 ]
For those of you who do not know, I am Eugene Roddenberry. I currently work on a TV show called "Earth: Final Conflict". Please feel free to ask any question you have. Like, What is Earth Final Conflict?

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 21 - 07:46:16 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] COSI is here now with a roomfull of seniors who are enjoying a little time together and ready to talk with you.
Hi Stephanie, Do you have some questions for our underwater team?

[ Rose/Station - 23 - 07:46:59 ]
RE: [Tom/KSC-Tom/KSC] Did the plants survive the Hurricane? How do they look? I wonder if Christopher could tell us a little of the feelings that his father carried back home from the moon?
Well, the lights were off for 48 hours, so te plants appear a little yellowish. What should we do for them? For those of you listening, we are growing and pollinating plants in a demonstration activity. The directions for this plant husbandry can be found in the Challenge Website, it's the Farming in Space activity.

[ ERodddenberry/Station - 24 - 07:48:27 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] COSISeniors - We want to know what is it like to be underwater after a hurricane?
So far it great, however the visibility is a bit low, as expectd after a hurracaine. For me though, it really cool!

[ Rose/Station - 25 - 07:49:54 ]
How do the seniors collected at COSI feel about Glenn's advnture in space? Anybody else willing to sign up for astronaut training? I myself am waiting for warp technology.

[ Tom/KSC-Tom/KSC - 26 - 07:50:33 ]
Ensure that they have plenty of light for as much time during the day (constant 24 hours if possible) and make sure that they have enough nutrient solution in the bottom of the containers.

[ Rose/Station - 28 - 07:52:27 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] COSISeniors - Bob from COSI wants to know if you think it might be possible to stop or breakup hurricanes? He has experienced hurricanes in Florida for over 50 years.
Well, NASA's not the only agency using satellites and Earth visualization to study weather--there's also NOAA. But Rod has some other more futuristic solutions.

[ ERoddenberry/Station - 30 - 07:53:45 ]
I think we''l have to wait a little while more befopre we havethe Weather Generators and moderators from Star Trek.

[ COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus - 31 - 07:53:56 ]
COSI Seniors - Rod - tell us a couple of you're wildest ideas for controlling hurricanes!

[ Tom/KSC-Tom/KSC - 33 - 07:54:35 ]
The stopping or breaking up of hurricanes is a problem that I'm sure other's have thought about. In this case, these things are so large and so powerful that it would take an event just as powerful to stop it. The solution might just be as devastating as the problem.

[ Dennis/Station - 34 - 07:55:49 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] COSISeniors - We're wondering if the hurricane has shifted the topology around the Carpenter Station? Was the station itself affected in any way?
No bottom shifts. The um lest see what do they; call it, ;water level changed 5 feet which is registered on the instrument above our heads in the command chairs, so the only change was the water depth and the cloudiness of the water around us. The environment that STS-95 finds in space will have much better visibility.

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 35 - 07:56:12 ]
RE: [ChristopherRoosa] hello
Hi Christopher, glad to have you onboard!

[ ChristopherRoosa - 36 - 07:56:27 ]
I wisht to thank all the individuals at NASA Life Sciences Division and MRDF for all thier hard work on the Challenge Project.

[ COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus - 37 - 07:56:56 ]
COSISeniors - We're interested in knowing what the inside of the Carpenter Station is like. Can you describe what its like and how it feels?

[ Dennis/Station - 38 - 07:57:11 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] COSI Seniors - Rod - tell us a couple of you're wildest ideas for controlling hurricanes!
How about a direct pipeline of hot air from Washington DC to interfer with wind pattenrs?

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 39 - 07:58:52 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] COSISeniors - We're interested in knowing what the inside of the Carpenter Station is like. Can you describe what its like and how it feels?
I'm hoping that someone else will answer this as well, but I'd like to invite you this afternoon to join us as we plan to "show" you live what the station looks like. The schedule page at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/challenge/events/9-28.html now reflect that new event just scheduled!

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 40 - 07:59:52 ]
Oops, I didn't mention the webcast will be at 1:30 pm Pacific Time - 4:30 pm Eastern time (and I might add Station time)

[ Rod/Station - 42 - 08:02:05 ]
RE: [Rod/Station] This is my first time in the station and so far it's really interesting. It very cozy! there are 3 of use down here in a space the size of a VW bug or smaller than the Galileo Shuttle.
There is computer equipment on all side of me and a MAcintosh laptop in front. A small TV behind me as well as a microwave and some plants that they areusign for experimentation.

[ Rod/Station - 43 - 08:02:49 ]
RE: [Rod/Station] There is computer equipment on all side of me and a MAcintosh laptop in front. A small TV behind me as well as a microwave and some plants that they areusign for experimentation.
This is also a fridge by me feet. As you can tell there are a lot of "things" down here with us in this underwater VW bug!

[ Rod/Station - 45 - 08:03:13 ]
I keep looking for the Throttle!?!

[ Rod/Station - 46 - 08:04:41 ]
RE: [ChristopherRoosa] Rod, How long have you diving?
Not to long compared to Ed Ball who has been diving for severalm decades. I started in '93. How about you Chris?

[ Rose/Station - 47 - 08:06:14 ]
I have a question for both Rod and Chris. Your Dads must have come home with some interesting stories? Any favorite memories? When your father came home from Apollo 14, what was the first thing he said to you?

[ ChristopherRoosa - 48 - 08:06:25 ]
I started at age 10 in 1970. My main course of instruction was the Navy Dive School in 1986. I was sent there in my Marine Corps training.

[ ChristopherRoosa - 51 - 08:09:36 ]
One story he always told was being at the Moon, all that is visable is the blue of the oceans and the white of the clouds (no land masses are visable) and how alone and isolated you feel. He could cover up the earth in the palm of his hand.

[ Rod/Station - 52 - 08:09:43 ]
RE: [Rod/Station] Well, most of my memories have to do with Gene Roddenberry as a father rather than the Creator of Star Trek. HE didn't bring work home with. Not as far as I could tell. I'd have to say one of my fondest memories was something we called "Bumming".......
Bumming was when he and I got into his Cadallac and went to the Santa Monica Pier. He'd put the car in 2nd gear and say "we are going 'speedster'" now! I couldn't see over the dash board and just heard the engine rev really high. I though.....

[ COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus - 53 - 08:10:05 ]
We're wondering what the atmospheric pressure inside the "VW bug" is - do one of the instruments tell you? Is it the same as on the surface? Also - are you breathing pure oxygen or a mixture of gases in the station?

[ Rod/Station - 55 - 08:11:46 ]
RE: [Rod/Station] ...we were goin warp speed but we were actuially go about 55 mph. At the Pier we would talk all about the things an 8-10 year old would want to talk about. Cars, Girls, sports. Girls, School, Girls, ...etc....
We'd spend the day at the peir playing games and winning prizes. In the evening we'd go out to dinner and then go hoime!

[ Rose/Station - 56 - 08:16:00 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] Rod - Are you participating in any life science experiments yourself? Are your body functions being monitored? If so, what and how are you doing?
Well, Rod just arrived minutes before we dunked him for this chat, so he hasn't had time to get into the activities. We're not doing any investigations per se, but we do have planned a whole slew of activities in the underwater environment, mimicking the microgravity of space. We also have a game that teaches about NASA Life Sciences, it's a reading comprehension, and then a treasure hunt anwering questions. We can put all that on-line, for others to take the InfoQuest challenge. We also have some fitness self assessments. Exercise is the best countermeasure for the deconditioning of space adaptation, as it is to the changes in physiology that we all experience as we age.

[ Rose/Station - 57 - 08:16:47 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] We're wondering what the atmospheric pressure inside the "VW bug" is - do one of the instruments tell you? Is it the same as on the surface? Also - are you breathing pure oxygen or a mixture of gases in the station?
Atmospheric pressure is 25 psia, as compared to the surface which is 14.7 psia

[ Rose/Station - 58 - 08:18:04 ]
RE: [Rose/Station] Atmospheric pressure is 25 psia, as compared to the surface which is 14.7 psia
I was just writing what Dennis dictated. PSIA is pounds per square inch absolute. Absolute pressure is the total pressure as measured againgst a vacuum.

[ Rose/Station - 59 - 08:18:34 ]
RE: [ChristopherRoosa] I started at age 10 in 1970. My main course of instruction was the Navy Dive School in 1986. I was sent there in my Marine Corps training.
So, at 10 you joined the Marines and they trained you as a diver?

[ COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus - 60 - 08:19:03 ]
Rod - Can you tell us about your production "Earth, Final Conflict"? What's it about and when will we be able to see it?

[ Rose/Station - 61 - 08:19:53 ]
RE: [ChristopherRoosa] One story he always told was being at the Moon, all that is visable is the blue of the oceans and the white of the clouds (no land masses are visable) and how alone and isolated you feel. He could cover up the earth in the palm of his hand.
So, all the parent-child conversations, like the ones Rod was telling us about, that have ever occurred took place on that fragile ball spinning in space, that your Dad could cover with the palm of his hand. It ought to humble us Earthlings.

[ Rod/Station - 63 - 08:23:49 ]
RE: [Rod/Station] "Earth: Fianl Conflict" or EFC as some lik to call it is about a group of Alien beings who come to earth with a message and intention of Peace....or so they say...
They end up doing some not so nice things under the puvlkic nose. Human Testing and bio-experiementation. Are lead, Robert Leeshock (actor) Liam Kincaid (Charater) is a half alien hal;f hiuman who struggles each and everyday trying to discopver the aliens true motives.

[ Rod/Station - 64 - 08:25:22 ]
EFC has already had a succesful season I and u can see season II starting this october. They tell me to tell you to check your local listing....or the website below.

[ Rod/Station - 66 - 08:28:15 ]
I also would like to promote my website which deal with the philosophies of Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek. http://www.philosophysphere.com

[ COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus - 67 - 08:29:26 ]
Christopher - How old were you at the time of your dad's mission? Was he gone a lot from home in the year prior to and after his mission - doing NASA work? Did you have any fears about his travelling to space?

[ Rod/Station - 68 - 08:30:13 ]
RE: [Rod/Station] "Earth: Fianl Conflict" or EFC as some lik to call it is about a group of Alien beings who come to earth with a message and intention of Peace....or so they say...
Do you remember the Twilight Zone episode where the aliens act friendly, and ask for human representatives to accompany them to their home planet, and leave a book of ;knowledge to show their good intentions called "TO SERVE MAN'. As the humans are entering the ship, scientists run out to ry to stop them, they've translated the book, and it's a cookbook!

[ RoSE/Station - 69 - 08:32:36 ]
RE: [ChristopherRoosa] One interesting experience, when my father flew we had a voice connection box to mission control. I remember standing on our backporch and listening to his voice at the moon. My mother was on the telephone, telling the CAPCOM, how we were having lasanga for dinner and my father was just waking up and having orange juice. I kept thinking if i would just look hard enough I would see his capsule at the moon. But, I never did.
Rod's going to have a smaller version of a similar experience, we're gonna try calling his mother, Majel Barrett Roddenberry( among other acting accomplishments, the 'Voice of the Future'...the voice of the StarTrek computers) from the Station.

[ ChristopherRoosa - 70 - 08:33:08 ]
I was 11 when he flew. He flew in 1971. He was gone most of time between 1970 and 1976. His crew was orginally scheduled for Apollo 13 and later switched. He then served as backup on Apollo's 16 and 17. In 1973, he was home only 6 days. Since, my father was a fighter pilot, we had grown up with my father doing things on the edge. We were more excited than scared.

[ Rod/Station - 71 - 08:36:28 ]
RE: [ChristopherRoosa] I was 11 when he flew. He flew in 1971. He was gone most of time between 1970 and 1976. His crew was orginally scheduled for Apollo 13 and later switched. He then served as backup on Apollo's 16 and 17. In 1973, he was home only 6 days. Since, my father was a fighter pilot, we had grown up with my father doing things on the edge. We were more excited than scared.
Hey Chris, That sounds really interesting from your Father point of view. What was life like for you/ Did your friends know what your dad was doing? Were you called "Space Boy" or anything like that?

[ Rod/Station - 72 - 08:38:19 ]
This chat has been a really neat experience. As Rose mentiond before, I just got doiwn here and haven't really seen anything yet. I will definatly be chatting again soon.

[ ChristopherRoosa - 73 - 08:39:13 ]
RE: [Rod/Station] Hey Chris, That sounds really interesting from your Father point of view. What was life like for you/ Did your friends know what your dad was doing? Were you called "Space Boy" or anything like that?
All the astronaut families lived in Houston. So, I went to school with kids who dad's had already flown or where going to fly next. It kept your ego in check. But, it was a big deal in school when an actual mission was underway. But, I never had a nickname associated with space.

[ Rose/Station - 74 - 08:39:25 ]
Linda, our chat moderator, has somehow been knocked off-line. I'd like to ask COSI's group if there are any other comments--and then I'll wait for responses and then sign off.

[ ChristopherRoosa - 76 - 08:44:47 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] Christopher - At COSI, we have a brand-new Whales exhibit. Have you ever seen whales during any of your adventures with the Marines?
Yes, I have seen hump back whales and several other types. They are beautiful mammals.

[ COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus - 77 - 08:44:54 ]
Thanks to Rod, Christopher, Rose and Linda for the chat. It's been fun! From: Seniors at COSI from Lancaster Main Street Care Center

[ ChristopherRoosa - 78 - 08:46:34 ]
RE: [COSISeniors-StephMartin/COSIColumbus] Thanks to Rod, Christopher, Rose and Linda for the chat. It's been fun! From: Seniors at COSI from Lancaster Main Street Care Center
Thank you and good bye.

[ Linda/NASAQuest - 79 - 09:39:31 ]
We've come to the end of the scheduled hour for this chat. I have no objection to continuing, but I'm afraid I'll have to relinquish my line very soon here. How's by the rest of you -- are you chatted out?


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