SOFIA Flies First Teachers

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) reached a new milestone on the evening of May 26-27 when its flew its first teacher-educators aboard a science research flight. The flight was part of an expanded series of “Basic Science” flights, conducting peer-reviewed research for the general astronomical community, that will continue through July. The teachers, Mary Blessing (Herndon, VA in suburban Washington) and Cris DeWolf (Remus, MI) were two of the inaugural six educators recently selected as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. Teachers selector to be Ambassadors are expected to take their training and flight experience back to their classrooms to enhance the learning experience. NBC television in Los Angeles recently ran a video story about Kathleen Fredette (Palmdale, CA), an Ambassador who will fly on an upcoming SOFIA flight.