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Jean in the Stratosphere with NASA's SOFIA

Posted by Laura Nuttall on March 08, 2014


Jean Creighton, director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium, has been selected for SOFIA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a highly modified Boeing 747SP jetliner fitted with a 100-inch (2.5-meter) effective diameter telescope and collects data in the infrared spectrum from altitudes between 39,000 and 45,000 feet. It will become a flying classroom for teachers during research flights in the next few months.

Twelve two-person teams have been selected for SOFIA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, representing educators from 10 states. Each will be paired with a professional astronomer to observe first-hand how airborne infrared astronomy is conducted. Jean has been paired with Kathy Gustavson of Nicolet High School and both hope to fly in the next few weeks.

Good luck ladies and safe travels!

To find out more about Jean's upcoming research flight read the official press release.

SOFIA flying in the Clouds. Credit NASA/USRA

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