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2 Utah teachers are picked to take part in NASA program

Published: Saturday, Jan. 28 2012 9:07 p.m. MST

Rafael Mendoza makes a glider with his teacher Carolyn Bushman. Bushman will be among 26 teachers making a research flight aboard SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two Utah educators will be among 26 teachers making a research flight aboard SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.

The teachers are part of the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, which connects teachers with professional astronomers to conduct scientific observations in 2012 and 2013.

In a news release, NASA says SOFIA is a modified Boeing jetliner equipped with a 100-inch diameter telescope.

It allows for the analysis of infrared light to study the formation of stars, planets, interstellar gases and the composition of comets, asteroids and black holes.

Teachers were selected for the Astronomy Ambassadors program through a competitive, peer-review process.

The Utah teachers picked for the program include David Black of Walden School of Liberal Arts in Provo and Carolyn Bushman of Wendover Jr./Sr. High School in Wendover.

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