2013-06-25 20:28:50

Chinle Science Teachers Guests on NASA Flight

 Two Chinle Junior High science teachers now have a better sense of the universe.

Melvin Gorman and Gordon Serkis were selected from among a competitive pool of applicants to participate on research flights last week on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy under NASA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program.

Gorman and Serkis flew on the SOFIA alongside teachers Adriana Alvarez and Mariela Munoz, who teach at the Alicia R. Chacon International School in El Paso, Texas.

The SOFIA, developed by German scientists, is a Boeing 747SP aircraft equipped with a 100-inch, or 2.5-meter, diameter telescope. It is a joint program between NASA and the German Aerospace Center and is the Earth's only airborne observatory. SOFIA is managed out of the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., where it is based.

"It's been a wonderful experience that not many people get to experience," Serkis said while he and Gorman were sitting in the observatory ready to examine the infrared images of the stars they would have studied on June 13.  Read more here.

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