As part of the Airborne Astronomy
Ambassadors program two teachers from Germany and their escort recently flew
aboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy or SOFIA. The teachers observed as scientists
collected data from the German Receiver for Astronomy Terahertz frequency
instrument installed on the 2.5 meter telescope. Check every, check all
the pointing for nearby stars and then check it on Saturn again. Then we’ll do the focus. OK, thank you. When
observation time was completed, the researchers began to analyze the data
explaining each step of the process to the teachers.
The Germans joined six teachers from the United States as the first educators to
observe SOFIA’s scientific research and then take that experience back to their
classroom and communities.