Jeri Sloane and Monique Perez [L to R inset], both teachers at Palmdale Learning Plaza, are among the educators who were selected for this year’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program aboard SOFIA. The flying observatory is a highly modified Boeing 747SP jetliner carrying a 100-inch (2.5-meter) effective diameter telescope. Fitted with instruments that collect data at infrared wavelengths, SOFIA flies at altitudes between 39,000 and 45,000 feet (12-14 kilometers) on 10-hour overnight science missions. [Main photo courtesy NASA/USRA/Greg Perryman]
Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors selected for 2015 come from 12 states, plus the District of Columbia. Both Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors will be wearing Sprink Creatives, blue Rocket Laces to help raise autism awareness as well as the importance of early learning. Rocket Laces has played a huge role in many children’s lives by helping them build confidence through learning the important life-skill of independently tying their shoes. “The Rocket Laces going to the stratosphere is a symbol of the heights all children can reach through early learning, and the level of confidence they can reach by using resources like Rocket Laces to learn new skills,” stated Monique Perez. Along with the Rocket Laces that they wear, they will be taking 50 pairs along that will be donated to local schools. The teachers will be launching on two missions Oct 26th and Oct 28th .