UWM Planetarium Director blasts off with NASA

Director of the UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium Jean Creighton suited up with NASA to fly into the stratosphere for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity onboard the largest moving observatory in the world.

Creighton was selected to fly, with a handful of other educators including her teammate Nicolet High School science teacher Kathy Gustavson, on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at the end of March. SOFIA is a Boeing 747 retrofitted to carry a 100-inch telescope. She plans to personalize her NASA experience in a special program at the planetarium to promote science literacy.

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