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004 - Student Space Technology Association, Knoxville, TN, USA

Scheduled on 2017-08-31 17:42:14 UTC 60 deg

The University of Tennessee Knoxville is an amazing school located in the hills of Tennessee. It is the largest campus in the state, hosting more than 30,000 students. This school is known for its engineering and science heritage, having close ties with research facilities such as Oak Ridge National Lab and companies like Alcoa. Also, included in our alumni are 9 astronauts including the recent ISS inhabitant Scott Kelly. Our school is filled with thousands of eager students seeking to pursue careers in the space industry. With our vision of becoming a top-tier research school, our students are set to become the next leaders in STEM industries.

Students First Names & Questions:

1. Is it difficult to remain up to date on recent events on Earth?

2. Have there been any recent advancements made in ISS biological research that could be applied on Earth?

3. How do you feel about riding on a commercial spacecraft like SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule as opposed to a government agency's craft?

4. When doing research, or any other investigation, what kind of cleaning processes do you use on your equipment, or even yourself, to avoid contamination of material and equipment?

5. Has there been any research that has been done with the possible application of zero g therapy to joint diseases such as arthritis.

6. Having used current NASA spacesuits, are you excited about the new space clothing developments being made like the Skinsuit?

7. Why does the vegetable growth experiment chamber have a pink-looking light rather than a white light?

8. Are there any items/tools that are “lost” inside ISS?

9. How often do software updates occur on ISS?

10. Are there any experiments related to additive manufacturing going on at the moment?

11. Using the Haptics-2, how close do you think the technology is to application on Mars? What kind of applications could you see the technology being used for? Anything memorable from the experiment?

12. How often, and how, do you launch satellites from the ISS?

13. Are there plans to test means of producing artificial gravity in the near future?

14. Can you talk about the inflatable module that was delivered to the ISS in April of 2016?

15. Would there be any foreseeable benefits in performing complex medical operations (such as open heart surgery) in a zero g environment.

16. How did the ROSA deployment go?

17. What was the solar eclipse viewing experience from space?

18. What ‘treat’ from the Dragon cargo - ice cream or fresh avocado – was the most popular?

19. What has been your most interesting experiment?

20. What type of container do the rodents and fruit flies travel back to earth in?

21. What major differences have you found in the ISS since your last mission?

22. Do you get to eat any plants that are growing on the ISS?

23. What are some of the things that are you doing that are results of research done on the ISS?

24. What are some of the changes to space clothing you use like Skinsuit?

25. How difficult is it to learn to sleep in zero gravity?