Explore Solar System and Beyond: SOFIA, the Flying Observatory and the Infrared Universe
Tuesday 11/09/2021
7:30 pm ET/ 
No cost 1-hour webinar
Educators, parents/guardians
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

Who is the amazing Flying Observatory observing the Universe? what is the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)? what are SOFIA’s telescope instruments and how they operate different from Hubble’s?

In this session join Andrew Fischer, Aerospace Engineer, New Horizons Aeronautics Program Manager and Former Operational Engineering Lead for SOFIA at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in a conversation about this extraordinary telescope. Learn some of the differences from the space-based telescopes, what is SOFIA, how this Boeing 747SP aircraft modified allows researchers to observe from almost anywhere in the world. This aircraft can explore new frontiers in the solar system and beyond.




Ms. Monica Uribe serves as the NASA Specialist for both Ames Research Center and Armstrong Flight Center. Her work includes developing Spanish language resources, providing professional development sessions, webinars and NASA STEM engagement sessions and activities for educators and students. Ms. Uribe holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México with a concentration in Industrial Engineering; she has several years of experience in industry as an engineer. Ms. Uribe holds a Texas teaching certification in Mathematics for grades 4-12 and has 10+ years of experience as a mathematics educator. Drawing on her experience in industry and as an educator, Ms. Uribe engages educators and students on a variety of topics in STEM Education to promote best practices in culturally responsive pedagogy and student learning. Ms. Uribe is currently pursuing a doctorate in Mathematics Education at Texas State University.