Volume: 05, Issue: 04 10/11/2006 
John Gruener, image credit: NASA.
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John Gruener begins to harvest the sweet potato foliage. Image credit: NASA.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
NASA’s Mars Rover and Orbiter Team Examine Victoria Crater
NASA Finds Saturn's Moons May be Creating New Rings
Amazing Andromeda Galaxy
Celebrating the First Manned Apollo Mission

Online Chat with NASA Flight Systems Engineer John Gruener

Chat Information:
Live online chat with John Gruener, NASA Flight Systems Engineer on Thursday, October, 19th, 2006.

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

John Gruener’s Biography:
John Gruener currently serves as a flight systems engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He joined Johnson Space Center in May 1986, working on the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs. After a year and a half, he moved into an area more suited to his interests: the exploration of the Moon and Mars. Since then, he has conducted work in several different capacities: as a rocket scientist designing missions to the Moon and Mars, a space farmer growing of plants in advanced life support systems, and a planetary scientist studying the rocks and soils on Mars.

After graduating from Spring Woods High School in Houston, Texas, Gruener earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas. He received his M.S. in Physical Science (with an emphasis in planetary geology) at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

How to log in:
Go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=gruener2006 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.

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