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Published on Oct 23, 2015
In this 6-minute, 48-second video, educators from Georgia and New Mexico fly on board the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) and watch science operations first hand. The educators were able to see a number of ways to present their NASA experience that will benefit their diverse student populations. A large variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career opportunities became evident during the educators' flight as it takes more than astronomers to make SOFIA a success. As a bonus, the educators were joined by cultural icon Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on the original "Star Trek" series. Nichols has been very active in recruiting under-represented candidates into STEM careers.
The SOFIA aircraft, a 747SP, is operated by NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center and is based at Hangar 703 in Palmdale, CA.