Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) Application Opportunity
Cycle 2 AAA team applications will be accepted March 1 - May 3, 2013 via the website http://www.seti.org/sofia
Cycle 2 application process and requirements will be similar to Cycle 1
The seti.org/sofia website will be updated in January
Astronomical Society of the Pacific, in partnership with the SETI
Institute conducts the Education and Public
Outreach Program for SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared
is NASA's next-generation airborne observatory. SOFIAl features
a 2.5-meter telescope mounted in a highly-modified Boeing 747SP.
SOFIA is based at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, adjacent to Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. SOFIA's science and mission operations center are at NASA's Ames Research Center in northern California. SOFIA takes astronomers to an altitude of about 41,000 feet. From this vantage point above
99% of the infrared-absorbing atmospheric water vapor, SOFIA will
help study many astronomical problems that are very difficult to
study from ground-based observatories, including the nature of galactic
black holes, the evolution of galaxies, the chemical composition
of interstellar gas clouds, complex molecules in comets, and how
stars and solar systems form.
and public outreach activities developed by the ASP and
the SETI Institute include programs for K-12 teachers, informal
educators, college teachers, journalists, and the general public.
Educators will have the opportunity to
fly aboard SOFIA, interacting with working astronomers and seeing
the process of scientific research close up. Other education programs
to be implemented after SOFIA operations begin include teacher/astronomer
educational partnerships, classroom activities, interactive web-based
activities, and live webcasts.
visit the SOFIA web site.