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And it begins! On our way to L.A. To meet our group!
After a busy day of sight seeing around Los Angeles, including an awesome stop to see Space Shuttle Endeavour and the La Brea Tar Pits, we are in Palmdale! Off to a great beginning:
Went through egress training on SOFIA and got a picture with Nichelle Nichols:
What an unbelievably great day! Talked some with Eddie Zavala, the SOFIA program director, THE head guy, and he is from El Paso! He definitely will come visit our school when he is in the area.
Getting a little rest before we go to dinner with the program staff and scientists.
Today we are on crew rest as we prepare to stay up all night tonight flying on SOFIA. So I won’t be doing much until later this afternoon when we go in for the flight briefing.
Listen to Nichelle Nichols with the following link:
On our way to SOFIA for flight briefing, boarding, and then LAUNCH for our first night of observing!
We just landed after a SPECTACULAR night. Can’t wait to share, but now it’s bed time!
Already way too much to even begin to share with you! But let me tell you this one thing – THERE IS HOPE! And you can choose to believe in HOPE!
We are off for tours of the instrument lab and the mirror resurfacing facilities. I’ll post more later.
Rest day today to prepare for our flight tonight. It’s been an awesome week so far, so much to digest and share, along with meeting ang getting to know amazing people!
Getting ready to head out for our second flight. Take off is in a few hours and we will again head north into Canada. We saw a spectacular aurora Tuesday night and hope to see more tonight. Here is a picture from my fellow ambassador, Jo Dodds, of the Tuesday lights from our view at 43,000 feet.
Getting ready to go back home today. Looking forward to being back with my family, friends, students and colleagues, but at the same time a little emotional having to say goodbye to this wonderfully amazing group of people. I simply do not have the words to express all that this week was. My life today is profoundly different from what it was one short week ago. The lives of my students will be forever altered as well. There are way too many people to name and too many pictures to share in this short post, so I’ll just simply say THANK YOU TEAM SOFIA! WOW! I am blessed beyond measure and deeply honored to have you in my life! THANK YOU!
Stay tuned for much more to come!