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Stars at Yerkes Teachers to Fly SOFIA!

posted Apr 18, 2014, 3:22 PM by mcorp@starsatyerkes.net   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 5:12 PM ]
Congratulations to our Stars at Yerkes colleagues on their selection to the SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program!

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for our Stars at Yerkes outreach educators Lynne Zielinski, Kathy Gustavson, and Marcella Linahan (pictured here L-R in the Yerkes Observatory Morgan Room). 

Lynne Zielinski (
National Space Society, Long Grove, Illinois) and Marcella Linahan (Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein, Illinois) have teamed together, and will fly sometime in early summer. 

Kathy Gustavson (
Nicolet High School, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin) has teamed with Jean Creighton (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Manfred Olson Planetarium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to bring the excitement of learning the infrared to their respective institutions.  Their flight on March 26, 2014 is highlighted in a YouTube video seen here.

We could not be happier for our Stars at Yerkes SOFIA Ambassadors - way to go!

Read the official press release from the SOFIA site here.  Visit the SOFIA homepage here or the NASA SOFIA Mission Page here.