Volume: 05, Issue: 18 11/14/2007 
Dr. Anthony England
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Dr. Anthony England, image credit: NASA.
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Dr. Ellen S. Baker, image credit: NASA.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Shuttle Discovery Crew Returns Home After Successful Mission
Scientists Discover Record Fifth Planet Orbiting Nearby Star
Harmony Moved to Front of Space Station
Student Competitions
 

Online Chats with a Former Astronaut and a Current Astronaut

Space Explorers will host two chat events in the coming weeks:
1) Thursday, November 15th at 12:30 PM CST with former astronaut Dr. Anthony England
2) Tuesday, December 11th at 1:00 PM CST with current astronaut Dr. Ellen S. Baker.

Chat Information:
Live online chat with Dr. Anthony England, a former NASA Astronaut on Thursday, November 15th, 2007.

Time:
9:30 – 10:30 AM Alaska
10:30 – 11:30 AM Pacific
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Mountain
12:30 – 1:30 PM Central
1:30 – 2:30 PM Eastern

Dr. England’s Biography:
Dr. Anthony (Tony) England served as a NASA Scientist-Astronaut during the Apollo program (1967-1972), and again during the early shuttle program (1979-1988). During the Apollo program, he completed Air Force Flight School and served as Mission Scientist for Apollo 13 and 16. During the shuttle program, he was assigned to flight-test for the shuttle's entry and landing system, flew as a Mission Specialist on Spacelab 2 - a solar astronomy and plasma physics mission, and served as space station program scientist (1986-1988). He has logged 4,000 hours as pilot, 2,000 in high performance aircraft, and eight days in Earth orbit. He was co-investigator on the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) used to probe the Moon on Apollo 17 and helped develop an evolutionary version of the radar for his studies of glaciers in Washington and Alaska. He also participated in and led geophysical traverses during two field seasons in Antarctica.

Dr. England received a share of the President's Medal of Freedom (1970) for contributions to the safe recovery of Apollo 13, the NASA Outstanding Scientific Achievement Medal (1973) for contributions to Apollo 16, the U.S. Antarctic Medal (1979) for geophysical studies in Antarctica, the NASA Space Flight Medal (1985), the American Astronomical Society Space Flight Award (1986) for his flight on Spacelab 2, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1988) for contributions to Space Station. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Earth Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1965, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT in 1970. Currently, Dr. England serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, as well as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences. Outside of work Dr. England enjoys sailing and cross country skiing.

How to log in:
Go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=england07 to log in and begin submitting your questions. Questions may be submitted prior to or during the designated chat time. If you are a guest, you will need to complete a simple form on that same page. Often, students without usernames and passwords submit their questions as guests or a teacher submits all of his/her students' questions under his/her username.

To learn more, visit Space Explorers' Online Chats Page. The chat information for Dr. Ellen S. Baker’s chat will be posted after Dr. England’s chat.

    
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