Volume: 02, Issue: 02 01/27/2004 
Planetary Scientist John Gruener.
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Ask Planetary Scientist John Gruener About Future Lunar Exploration

President George W. Bush recently announced a new vision for U.S. space exploration at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The President committed the United States to a long-term human and robotic program to explore the solar system, starting with a return to the Moon that will ultimately enable future exploration of Mars and other destinations. Here’s your chance to ask Planetary Scientist John Gruener questions about Future Lunar Exploration. This live online chat will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004.

Who: John Gruener, Planetary Scientist
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

What: Live online chat about Future Lunar Exploration

When: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Login: Please go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=gruener to log onto the chat and begin submitting your questions to John Gruener. He will try to answer as many questions as possible in the hour allotted for his live online chat.

John Gruener’s Biography:
“What a cool year 1961 was! The first humans in space, the first music from the Beach Boys, and the birth of yours truly. I was born in the Medical Center in Houston and grew up on the west side of town in Spring Branch. It was a great place to grow up with plenty of woods to play in (except for the poison ivy), and not too many people to create traffic, noise and pollution. If you can't tell yet, I love the outdoors, especially camping, hiking, exploring, hunting, and fishing. I also love baseball, and I am a big Houston Astros fan. I graduated from Spring Woods High School and headed off for the University of Texas. While there, I was in the Longhorn Band (tuba), and Air Force ROTC. Oh yeah, I also managed to graduate with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. I arrived at the Johnson Space Center in May of 1986 and for a year and half worked in the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs. Then I started working on what I really like, the exploration of the Moon and Mars. I've done a little bit of everything: rocket scientist designing missions to the Moon and Mars; space farmer growing plants in advanced life support systems, and now a planetary scientist studying the rocks and soils on Mars. Along the way I picked up a Master's Degree in Physical Science (with an emphasis in planetary geology) at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. It's been a fun ride and hopefully it will continue for sometime. My only disappointment is that we still don't have humans back on the Moon or on their way to Mars. But, it will happen someday, and I hope to be a part of it.”

How to Participate:
If you would like to participate in the chat with John Gruener on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time, you may login and submit questions throughout the chat period. If your class does not meet during the chat time, you may submit questions prior to the event. Go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=gruener to login as a Space Explorers™ subscriber or guest. Once logged in, you may submit your question(s) prior to or during the designated chat time.

What happens after your question(s) have been submitted:
Please note: A moderator will review each submitted question. The moderator will then send the chat host the best quality questions. Since numerous questions are submitted for each chat, we cannot guarantee that all questions will be answered or answered in the order of submission. We will, however, try to get through as many questions as possible in the time allocated. Ask away!

After the Chat:
After the special event, please go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/communications/weekly/onlinechats.html to view archived chats and see if your questions were answered.

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