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WebChat: October 12, 1996 with NASA experts:
Scott Smith (space nutritionist), Katie Hamilton (Life Sciences support)


Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:12PM PDT (-0700 GMT). . .
Hi everybody, I'm Duncan Atchison, and I work as an engineer out at the
Ames Research Center, in the Space Life Science Outreach office. Our
guests today are as follows: Scott M. Smith, Ph.D. - JSC; " who works in
the Nutrition and Metabolism Laboratory at Johnson Space Center to
research nutrient requirements for astronauts' diets for long-duration
spaceflight missions." Kathryn Hamilton - Intern at JSC. She's involved in
administrative support for Life Sciences. Interested in Computer Science,
Biology, Biomedical Engineering. Deborah L. Harm, Ph.D. - JSC; who's
involved with studying human physical and psychological adaptations to
spaceflight, and readaptation to Earth environment. 

Jennifer/NASA (Chat MC): . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:12PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
All, as a reminder to the new participants as we open the S/MORE topic,
please do not post pictures or icons in deference to users with low
bandwidth. Thanks!

AndrewX: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:13PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Hello Everyone.

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:13PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Scott, I've been meaning to ask you, why was Shannon so hungry for
candy when she got back. Did they run out up there?

Jennifer Nova Scotia: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:13PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Duncan, You must spend a lot of time researching space. Do you really
enjoy it. Tell me an interesting fact about Jupitar for my project

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:13PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Actually I am no longer an intern, but employed here permanantly. But I
work in the Mission Science Office.

Christine Munoz, NASA Ames: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:14PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Soryy Duncon what was the questions

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:14PM PDT (-0700 GMT). . .
Just a quick word for those who are joining us now: Shuttle Mir Online
Resources for Educators (S/MORE) is a K-12 project providing a
behind-the-scenes look at the life sciences research conducted in space
aboard the Mir station. S/MORE focuses on the men and women doing and
supporting this research. The goal is to encourage students' interest in
science and technology careers by portraying the NASA experts as friendly
people through biographies and Field Journals of day-to-day activities.
Students are encouraged to interact with these enthusiastic folks as a way
to further engage them in the process of cutting-edge research. In addition,
a special activity highlights the cross-cultural nature of this US/Russian
effort.

AndrewX: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:15PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Hi everyone

Scott M. Smith: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:15PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
I don't think it was that she was so hungry when she got back - but that she
had mentioned missing that during her flight. there were some candy items
flown - but apparently not enough!

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:16PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Deborah, it sounds like after reading your bio, you must be somehow
studying Shannon Lucid and what happened with her. Is that right?

AndrewX: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:16PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
What's going on

Scott M. Smith: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:17PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
I don't think it was that she was so hungry when she got back - but that she
had mentioned missing that during her flight. there were some candy items
flown - but apparently not enough!

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:17PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Shanno actually got some more candy yesterday! During her debfrief a little
girl brougth her 4 pounds of M&Ms!:-)

AndrewX: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:17PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
4 pounds?

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:17PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Jennifer, you asked about Jupiter, one neat thing is that Europa, the second
major satellite, is covered with ice, but its size and density suggest that
it may have a subsurface ocean of liquid water. Want to go do some cold
swimming?

Jennifer Berringer: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:18PM PDT (-0700 GMT). . .
Hi, my names Jennifer and I'm from Nova Scotia.I need to learn
information about NASA for school and I wanted to Know what you could
tell me about it? Please answer my question Katie.

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:18PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Scott, One thing I don't get is why astronauts need a special diet. I know
they can't drink milk out of a cup, but why else would they need to eat
special things?

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:18PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Well, Jennifer what would you like to know?

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:19PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Scott, what fresh fruits and veggies do the Mir inhabitants get to eat?

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:19PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
katie. What did Shannon say at her debrief? Do yo get to meet her and
work with her?

Jennifer/NASA (Chat MC): . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:19PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
All, as a reminder, if you want to discuss topics other than those
related to Shuttle-Mir, you are welcome to do so in the "hallway"
chat room.

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:19PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
TO anybody, how big is the Johnson Space Center. Do you run into
astroanuts all the time?

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:20PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Shannon was at Space Center Houston with the rest of STS-79. She talked
about what happedned and showed videos. She looks GREAT! (about 20
years younger) and is in great spirits!

Scott M. Smith: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:20PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
I don't think it was that she was so hungry when she got back - but that she
had mentioned missing that during her flight. there were some candy items
flown - but apparently not enough!

Marilyn, Virginia: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:20PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
I am a fourth grade teacher in the Shenandoah Valley. For the past two
years I have been involved with the Passport to Knowledge Program,
which is sponsored by NASA, NSF, and PBS. This year our topid is Live
from Mars. In ur discuss group one of our teacher-advocates recommend
the S/More program. My students have just come on board in the past
couple of weeks, inspired by the recent STS-79 mission. We have been
studying plants, photosynthesis and the experiments in this project seemed
so perfect. I teach in a rural agricultural area and my students' parents are
most interested in the attempts to grow wheat. My students just finished
growing the Wisconsin Fast Plants and now this week we will start the
wheat experiments etc.

Jennifer Berringer: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:20PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Duncan, Do you think any astronauts will ever visit Jupitar? Would it be
possible? Could anyone ever live there?

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:21PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
JSC is HUGE! But, the astronauts are a small portion of the work force.
THey are people too and yes I run into them sometimes. They are really
nice!

Robert-future astronaut: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:22PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Scott Smith--How are the nutrition requirements different for astronauts in
space compared to those us who are earthbound??

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:22PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Marilyn, glad to hear from you, I moved out to California from Virgina last
year. Will you be participating in the "Plant Hardware Design" portion of
SMORE?

Robert-future astronaut: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:22PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Scott Smith--How are the nutrition requirements different for astronauts
in space compared to those us who are earthbound??

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:23PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Jennifer, I think astronauts will visit, but never live there. Would take
some very special suits to survive the conditions. Have you visited our
SMORE page?

Terry: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:24PM PDT (-0700 GMT). . . [1059 ]
Tish : Can you tell me how I can find Yvonne's Email address so Vicki can
write to her ?

Jennifer/NASA (Chat MC): . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:24PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Reminder to those who are not seeing their own posts and are re-posting
them: use the "chat" button, rather than the "reload" button, to refresh your
screen.

Robert-future astronaut: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:25PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Deborah Harm-- How long is "too long" in space for the human body?

Marilyn, Virginia: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:25PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
YES!!! In fact this project will tie into our MARS Base Project, as my
students try and set up a Mars Base habitat. My students are only 4th
graders but they are very creative. We may not be able to compete with the
high school students but we have enthusiasm. What I love about NASA
student projects is that students are involved with real scientists,
working together in collaboration. And what we are doing is not textbook
but tied into the real world! 

Jackie: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:25PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Hello. I led a SAREX contact for our school to contact space shuttle
Atlantis, STS-79 over Amateur radio

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:26PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Marilyn, please tell us a bit more about your class, we are looking for some
teachers and classes who are real excited about plants to help us out

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:26PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Deborah. I'm still wondering if you are personally involved in studying
Shannon. It seems like from your bio you must be involved

Scott M. Smith: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:27PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
I appear to be having technical difficulties - please bear with me

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:28PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Matt, I'm not sure Deborah is on yet, try Scott or Katie

Terrie: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:29PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Deborah, I'm wondering what types of physical activity Shannon did to
keep her physically fit in such a comfined space

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:29PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Katie, You wrote about Neurolab in your bio. What is that about?

Jennifer Berringer: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:29PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
No, I haven't visited the S'more page...Yet. We're working with it at
school though. What's interesting to see or do in it.

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:29PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Marilyn, you'll have to ask your kids if they think we could grow apples
on the way to Mars - I'm hungering for some of those Shenandoah apples
myself

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:30PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Neurolab is the third Spacelab dedicated totally to life sciences! It will
launch in 1998.

Jackie: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:30PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
This is the first time I've done this. 

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:30PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Jennifer, first read the bios and journals, they're great, then go to our
"great Plant debate" and get your kids discussing what it would take to
grow plants in space

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:31PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Katie: So what are you doing right now for neurolab? Also, what overall
things are going to be studied? 

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:31PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
To answer questions about Shannon, she exercised two hours a day to
keep fit, she spoke Russian on the station and had a great mission!

Marilyn, Virginia: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:31PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Plant habitats---my students have just finished doing a series of
experiments in deciding which was the most critical factor for plant
survival. We all predicted that "light" was the most important factor,
plants without light would be the first to wilt and die. In the first week
of the experiment, the plants without light showed the most dramatic
change. But as week two and three progressed, the plants without water
fared the worse (worse even than the plants without soil). So my students
concluded that in their plant space habitat, the constant source of water
was important. They also have been working with geotropism and seeing
how plants respond to gravity. For the hydroponic experiments, I am
working on obtaining the nutrient solution. Would stores that cater to
water gardens be a good source?

Tish/NASA: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:31PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Terry - I cannot give out Yvonne's email but I will forward a message to
her. You can write to me at tkrieg@quest.arc.nasa.gov or visit the Women
of NASA page and see when Yvonne will be on line again

Jennifer Berringer: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:31PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Katie, Forget about the subject of NASA. I just thought of somthing else.
I'm doing a project about the space shuttle Challanger and I find the only
person they ever focus on is Chrisa McAuliffe. Do you ever notice this too?

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:32PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
For Neurolab, it is in the "training" stage. Four Payload specialist
candidates have been chosen (two will fly) and are being trained along with
the rest of the crew.

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:33PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Jennifer, yes Challenger is one of my hobbies. I also found this. But there
is some great information available

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:33PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Marilyn, some may consider it heresy, but we've had pretty good results
just watering down Miracle grow.

Scott M Smith: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:34PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Matt and Robert - That's a good question. The body adapts to weightless
and needs different nutrients. My job is to understand what nutrients are
affected. 

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:35PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
jennifer, there are some really techinical books, but I found that the best
source was a book recently written by the Commander's widow. The book
was written by June Scobee Rogers and is called "Silver Linings: The
Triumph of the Challenger 7."

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:35PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Katie: so is it determined exactly what experiments will fly on neurolab?

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:36PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Scott, if you are having technical difficulties, give the K-12 folks a call at
415-604-2159, they are standing by to keep people chatting away

Scott M Smith: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:36PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Many nutrients (like those found in milk Matt) are important for bones.
Changes in bone during flight are very important.

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:37PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Matt, ;keep checking the Quest site, next year we will be starting an online
project all about Neurolab, in fact, I'm meeting with a group of folks next
week to discuss that

Jackie: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:37PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Is anybody seeing my messages? 

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:38PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Scott. So what can you share about what you know. Do astronauts need to
eat more spinach and never eat cabbage? What practical things are done
now to change their diet?

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:38PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Scott, a California question for you, out here we worry about producing
Organic Vegetables. Do the astronauts and their nutrionists worry about
the pesticide and chemicals that might be in their space food?

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:38PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Well, for experiemnts the manifest is set (but not in stone). The majority
of experiments will be done on the astronauts and payload specialists. We
want to determine more about the human body and space flight.

Terry: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:38PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Trish : Many thanks Vicki will appreciate that. I will certainly check out
the schedule but it is getting late here in the U.K and time for good little
girls to be in bed. Thanks again Terry.

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:38PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Hi Jackie, I see you

Roland-from-Australia: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:39PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
G'day from down under Australia. Just been lurking about for the past
hour (yawn - the sun is just rising). I am a GLOBE Trained science teacher
and this is pretty exciting to be a part of.

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:39PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Scott, do you mainly spend time researching what we don't know or
applying what we do now to current astronaut's diets

Marilyn, Virginia: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:39PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
re: S/More Web page I want to compliment the folks who designed that
page. I suspect Marc Segiel had a hand in it. It is colorful, attractive, but
easy to follow and understand. I am trying to spread the word about this
great project to other teachers, especially those owkring in the middle
school and high school. At our school we are very fortunate to have a video
microscope and this week we looked at leaves under it. My kids were so
fascinated to see the pln cells and the stomata. It would be intersting to
compare "earth " leaves with "space" leaves. 

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:39PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Hi Roland, have you gotten your kids involved in the Great Plant Debate
on SMORE?

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:40PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
katie, doesn't nuero mean brain in doctor-talk? Will neurolab mainly be
about brain issues?

Scott M Smith/NASA JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:40PM PDT (-0700 GMT).
Duncan - the resupply ships to Mir ("Progress") bring fresh fruits and
vegetables. Shannon said that the fresh tomatoes were great!!

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:41PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Thanks Marilyn, I'll pass on the praise to Marc and his troupes, they have
done a great job. Incidently, next year we are working to fly some more
tomato seeds

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:41PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
YES, great thinking!! I guess you could say that a lot of experimentation
will be done on the "neurovestibular system"

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:41PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Also, Katie, what exactly are you working on now. For example, what is
on your to-dop list for Monday and Tuesday?

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:42PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Well, I have to finish writing my experiment description for the
Mir22/NASA3 web site and I have to finish the STEP CD ROM. 

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:42PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Katie: neurovestibular system is a new term for me. What does it mean?

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:43PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
STEP is a program where about 20 teachers come in the summer for 2
weeks to train at JSC. We train them on how to use our CD of databases
and about space.

Matt: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:43PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
So Katie, when you say "finish writing my experiment description" does
that mean that you are in charge of one of the experiments? Can you say a
little about it?

joyce/primaryteacher: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:43PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Plants and Space. I can't think of anything more exciting. We tried the
tomato plants from space a few years ago. We have three grow lights in our
classroom and our 7,8 and 9 year olds try about every experiment
imaginable to discover more about plants. Space is their favorite topic and
favorite net sites include Kennedy, JPL and NASA. We would love to
learn about more projects you have in mind.

Jackie: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:44PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Thanks, Duncan. I don't know much about this but I have a great interest
in the space program The Students of Immaculate Conception Elementary
had a great time talking to astronaut Carl walz over the radio

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:44PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Hold on I am getting the exact definition

Scott M Smith/NASA JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:44PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Matt - actually both. I look at what we know about nutrition on Earth (and I
work with nutrition experts around the world on this), and also study the
changes during space flight to apply the uniqe effects of space flight to the
nutrition plans for space flight

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:45PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Joyce, where do you teach? Please check out our SMOREpage on quest if
you haven't already. Also, if you just happen to be in the area, we'll be at
the National ASsociation of Biology Teachers conference next week with
one of our Gorw lights and some wheat and lettuce

Marilyn, Virginia: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:45PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Duncan, have you had any feedback on the number of Russian classrooms
involved in this program. As a Virginian, you know that until recently the
Valley had a very homogeneous population. Through various mission
groups and churches we have had an influx of families coming from the
Ukraine. It is always a concern of our faculty of helping these students
assimilate into our school. Part of the reason I wanted to get involved with
the S/More project (aside from the science) was the cultural excahnge.
What an ego booster this would be for our Russian students.

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:46PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Neurovestibular relates to the interaction between the brain and the
vestibule, especially the vestibule of the ear, a cavity situated at the
entrance to bony labyrinth that contains the saccule and utricle --
the organs of equilibrium.

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:46PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Jackie, great! We've had plenty of elementary classes real excited about
plants and space - at first we thought it might be mainly HS, but we've
seen interest across the board

Roland-from-Australia: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:47PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Duncan, involving my kids in the great plant debate? No, please tell me
more...

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:47PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
UGH!! What a word!! Matt, i am not in charge of an experiment. My grou
manages the web site for the science experiments. We actually write their
descriptions and then "archive" the experiments for NASA.

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:48PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Marilyn, right now only a handful of schools in Russia, actually a much
larger number of schools in the US that have a large Russian population, so
we're having them all chat too!

David: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:50PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
When will the space station be finished?

Katie@NASA-JSC: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:50PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
matt, to understand what I mean, visit button it is the site or one of the
sites we write for. That is the direct link to the Shuttle-Mir Science pages.

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:50PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Roland, in a nutshell, here's the plant debate online at quest: The complete
set of activities can be spread out over 3 months, individual elements that
take 1-2 weeks can be done in a stand alone fashion. Part 1: Classrooms
around the world discuss and design plant-growing hardware, using the
internet to debate the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches, and
then compare with NASA designs and NASA expert guidelines. Sep 22 -
Oct 14: Classroom exercise and discussion of growing conditions for
plants on Earth, then discussion and design of what is needed to grow
plants in space; at conclusion, classes share designs for posting online. Oct
14 - Nov 1: Discuss various design ideas, debate good and bad points, try
to reach consensus. Nov 1 - Nov 15: Get feedback from experts, some
interactions to help students see how their answers compared to NASA
experts Part 2 Students conduct the STELLAR Shuttle/Mir Seed
Germination Activity, collecting data to share with other classrooms.
Results are discussed to make sense of differences. Nov 1 - Nov 22:
conduct the STELLAR Shuttle/Mir Seed Germination Activity (button Dec
2 - Dec 13: Compare results and post summaries online, discuss what may
have caused differences 

joyce/primaryteacher: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:50PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Plants and Space. I can't think of anything more exciting. We tried the
tomato plants from space a few years ago. We have three grow lights in our
classroom and our 7,8 and 9 year olds try about every experiment
imaginable to discover more about plants. Space is their favorite topic and
favorite net sites include Kennedy, JPL and NASA. We would love to
learn about more projects you have in mind.

Marilyn, Virginia: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:50PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
National Associatioon of Biology COnference--bet it's going to be in
California. I know some of the NASA people will be attending the
Classroom COnnect conference in California (Nov. 6-10). I hope the you
folks of S/More will be there. Wow! tomato seeds from space!! How did
you get them, Joyce?

Scott M Smith: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:50PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Duncan - we pay very close attention to exactly what goes in the food that
the astronauts (and cosmonauts) eat. Matt - the food probably doesn't look
that much different from what you might find at thhe grocery store. We try
to make sure the crews eat and drink enough, get enough calcium and
vitamin D, and not too much salt - for a few examples

Duncan of S/MORE: . . . . Sat, Oct 12, 1:52PM PDT (-0700 GMT)
Marilyn, actually we have a few left from previous flights that we haven't
announced yet, and also next year we're trying to manifest (a nasa term for
book a flight on) more on a shuttle in the payload bay

Apologies! The last eight minutes of this chat were lost due to technical difficulties.


 
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