How'd you get the title of "Space Pope"?
What's the biggest, most incredulous Eureka-style revelation you've had on the human factors in engineering side of things?
I’m looking forward to this AMA and I want to get to as many questions as possible over time. Let it be known, that I’m not an official NASA, or JPL spokesperson, nor do I represent EVE Online (the spaceship game) at all. However, I am a fan of both my employer and the game. So please note that I answer as a (proud) private citizen who enjoys his work.
Since I am going to take my time, I have some fellow employees, and some gamer friends that I can ask them questions and I’ll try to get an answer back. I’m not shy at saying “I don’t know” because as a space employee, that is one of the first things I learned. Never make up an answer if you don’t know it, because in some cases, nobody knows!
Thank you for the opportunity to share part of my excitement with what I do with all of you!
Hello Spaleta_S_O,Hi Charles - A few questions:
How are Curiosity's wheels holding up today?
What was the expected life-span of the wheels?
Are Mars 2020 rover's wheels designed differently?
Hi Ramakrishnan,Hi Charles!.. I've an interesting but completely new discussion on Dark Energy.
Could Dark Energy be a repulsive force - something like Antigravity that exists between Dark Matter and accounts for accelerated expansion of the Universe, since Dark Energy and Dark Matter are the dominating entities of the universe and counter acts the weaker Gravity between lesser normal matter?
What do you think about this?
Hi EjmMissouri,Here is a question for you.
Has anyone ever tried to grow crops in simulated martian soil? And if so, what were the results?
In other words, could the potato patch seen in the movie The Martian ever be a reality?
Hello Spacemanspiff,Mr White: I got to see the life-size lunar lander at burning man this year. What are some of your favorite space-themed pieces there, and what would you like to see at burning man? I hung out with the "BRASA" folks which was across from Math Camp at 3:14. Can you talk more about your work with Desert Wizards of Mars in 2020?
Charles: Can you discuss how NASA plans to send me to MARS? I know the SLS and the new Artemis capsule will play a significant part in the voyage. I know that it is larger than the Apollo spacecraft but to keep 6 astronauts cooped up in the spacecraft for a voyage of 8 months seem more like torture to me. And after arriving at Mars and descending to the surface, after 8 months in zero-G, they may not even be able to walk. Are there plans to make a larger vehicle with a rotating section to provide for at least a 1/3G gravity to give the astronauts room to move about and .minimize the physical degradation effects of zero-G? Just curious.
Hi Blisters,What was the Worst Space Launch
Hi AlexK,Hello - thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions .
Mine stems from a very recent development: How do you feel that this "Quantum Computer Supremacy" will affect the ongoing projects at NASA and related industries? Should we anticipate acceleration of space exploration projects, or are they too dependent on manufacturing and budget restrictions to make use of this progress?
Hi Error2002 <--- love that nameHi!
What would you say about the possibility of using the method of thermo-electrics to cool rocket engines or other surfaces?
Where would you put the job opportunities of people specialising in thermodynamics in 5 years?
Hi KingstonJ,Hello Mr. White.
It is really hard know what programs or universities we should aim for if we want to work in Space related jobs. Things are changing fast and everyone has different suggestions. What do YOU suggest for someone who will graduate high school in 2020? What degrees are the most in demand? What programs are most likely to get us a job in a meaningful and interesting role at NASA?
I mean most of my friends don't have any idea what direction we should go these days and my mom says I should just try to take general programs until I decide what direction to go in. I am most interested in engineering but general engineering programs don't really give a solid plan to get into Space engineering.
Hi Cat-Ret-Jet,I have been studying U.F.O. cosmology for over 25 years and developed a theory of how the universe works based of well founded testimony by highly credible observers, Police, pilots (VFR quells), Military personal (who stand to loose face ), politicians, Doctors, Lawyers, and many others on what they saw in conjugation with trace evidence, that can be even today, the theory explains the expansion of the universe why the galaxy are speeding up along with what could be a answer of where Dark Matter and Dark Energy. May I send it to you for your opinion
Hi Photonboy <--- Another cool nameHI, Charles.
Do you know if there are any serious plans to explore, with the goal of eventually habitating within, the caves and/or lava tubes on the moon (or Mars for that matter)? It seems to me that they would have quite a few advantages over surface habitation.
Hi Zoomo1While more space travel and exploration is in our future, I wonder if spending more dollars on curing cancer and life threatening disease here on earth would be more important. It's not like Mars or Neptune are going anywhere soon.
Hi Tariqmalik, thank you for inviting me!Hi Charles!
Thanks so much for your awesome answers from Space.com's readers. It's been a great way to celebrate our reborn Forums. I did have a question tat I hope has not been asked yet.
What, in your opinion, has been the most transformative technology in space exploration (or in communicating space achievements) during your time with JPL and as the Space Pope?
I'm old enough that I remember having to request imagery and posters from NASA directly, and am amazed at how close access to space content has become.