Brushing Teeth in Space, Pt. 1
People who are qualified to discuss oral hygiene in space include astronauts, who have direct experience in performing oral hygiene in space, and astronomy and astrophysics academics, who have knowledge of the relevant physics. Due to their popularity, astronauts' personal contact information is not publicly available; however, NASA provides centralized contact information for astronauts and in some cases, individualized astronauts have contact forms on their websites. This contact information, qualifications, and links to recorded videos for seven astronauts and three academics have been entered into the attached spreadsheet in rows 3-13. In most cases, interviews less than two years old were found, but in two cases, Debra Elmegreen and George Zamka, only older interviews were available and these have been included. A brief overview of the ten experts is below.
1. Joseph M. Acaba: Acaba was on two space missions for NASA, encompassing 138 days in space. He is also a science educator.
2. Leroy Chiao: Chiao has been on four space missions, with a total of 229 days in space. He is also a space educator and public speaker.
3. George Zamka: Zamka has been on two space missions, one for 15 days and the other for 13 days. He is currently the chairman of the board of the National Association of Spaceports.
4. Christopher Ferguson: Ferguson has completed three space missions, one for 11 days, one for 15 days, and one for 12 days. He is currently the Director of Crew and Mission Operations for the commercial space flight program at Boeing.
5. Thomas Jones: Jones spent 53 days in space over four NASA missions. He is also a public speaker and has written four books.
6. Janet Kavandi: Kavandi has been on three space missions, lasting 9, 11, and 12 days. She is currently the Director of NASA'a John Glenn Research Center.
7. Winston Scott: Scott has spent 24 days in space over two missions. He was the Executive Director of the Florida Space Authority, and is currently a public speaker and the Dean of the College of Aeronautics at Florida Institute of Technology.
1. Debra M. Elmegreen: Elmgreene is the Vice President of the Executive Committee of the International Astronomical Union, and a professor of physics and astronomy at Vassar College. She was formerly the President of the American Astronomical Society.
2. Christine Jones: Jones is currently the President of the American Astronomical Society and a lecturer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She has received the Nininger Meteorite Award, the NASA Group Achievement Award (five times), and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.
3. Michael Strauss: Strauss is a professor and Associate Chair of Princeton’s Department of Astrophysical Sciences, and was formerly the Vice President of the American Astronomical Society. He has published over 300 papers, and has won awards including the American Astronomical Society's Newton Lacy Pierce Prize.
These seven astronauts and three highly accomplished academics in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics are qualified to speak about oral hygiene in space because of either direct experience in space or extensive academic knowledge in astrophysics. Detailed information can be found in the attached spreadsheet.