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ISS Crew Answers: Expedition Six

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*Expedition Six NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit answered these questions via e-mail.

No. 21
From: Ellis Hays, Jackson, Miss., Age: 48

Question: I commend you for your efforts to educate the public about the boundaries of space. Has there been any problems adjusting to eating in space and maintaining a regular fitness routine? May God bless and protect you.

Pettit: Eating and fitness go about the same here as on Earth. Eating does tend to be a bit messier due to food floating off your spoon, but you adjust and get good at chasing down errant pieces.

No. 22
From: Daniel George, Glasgow, U.K., Age: 38

Question: Two questions referring to Don Pettit's experiment with thin film water. Can you control the thickness of the film by changing the diameter of the wire (not the loop)? What happens when you arc a current through the film? Will static pass through? Thanks.

Pettit: Yes, you can change the film thickness as it is drawn with the wire diameter. About the thinnest you can draw a film is one-half the wire diameter. Thinner wires make it harder to draw films. I find it is best to use a wire about 0.012 and make thinner films by expanding the loop. I have not tried zapping the films with electricity. I will have to think about that one.

No. 23
From: Kevin Goedde, Haubstadt, Ind., Age: 43

Question: Everyone onboard is seen wearing short-sleeve shirts. How warm is it inside the ISS?

Pettit: From where I am typing you this answer I can see it is 22 C (74 F), nice weather inside for shirt sleeves.

No. 24
From: Mary Rose and Katie Crombez, Livonia, Mich., Ages: 4 and 8

Question: Mary Rose asks: Is it fun up there? Katie asks: Does anybody get homesick while in the space station?

Pettit: We have fun while we do our work on space station. I have two little boys and I miss them a lot. I miss my wife, but we will all be together after I return from this mission.

No. 25
From: Dr. Ed Masteller, Erie, Pa., Age: 68

Question: Can you describe your impression of the liftoff when it finally took place and your thoughts on your first view of Earth from space?

Pettit: Ed: Ascent was like being in a closet mounted on a roller coaster that goes only straight up. When the main engines cut off, all forces vanish and it feels like you have entered some fairytale land. Seeing the Earth for the first time was way better than anything you could hope to see in an IMAX movie. The difference between an IMAX movie of Earth and seeing Earth is like the difference between eating strawberries that have been frozen and strawberries that are freshly picked off the bush. It was good to see Missy at the launch. Take care. Don

No. 26

From: Misty Scruggs, Silverton, Ore., Age: 17

Question: What was your number one reason for going up into space?

Pettit: Misty, being an explorer is part of the fabric from which you are made. I have wanted to go into space ever since I was a student at Eugene Field grade school.

No. 27

From: Francois Mostard, Heerlen, The Netherlands, Age: 41

Question: What is the most common thing you miss, and what will you enjoy when you're back on Earth?

Pettit: I miss the wind and being in the great outdoors.

No. 28

From: Kirby Runyon, Spring Arbor, Mich., Age: 17

Question: I've noticed in ISS pictures that Ken Bowersox is frequently wearing earplugs. Could you please comment on the noise level onboard the ISS?

Pettit: The noise levels on the space station are like anyplace where you have a lot of machinery. The noise levels will not give hearing damage. However, we wear earplugs more for comfort.

No. 29

From: Ryan Stroyls, Americus, Ga., Age: 31

Question: How are rest periods scheduled, and how many hours of sleep are you allotted? Good job you guys!!!

Pettit: We are scheduled for eight hours of sleep per day and are given time each evening to take care of personal hygiene.

No. 30

From: Kristen Kluge, Phoenix, Ariz., Age: 28

Question: Where is the bell located on the ISS? Who usually rings it, and are there occasions other than a shuttle docking when the bell can be used?

Pettit: The bell is located in the Lab's forward hatchway. It only rings for special occasions or when somebody happens to bump it.

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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 05/01/2003
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