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Milwaukee area astronomer, teacher to take part in NASA flights

NASA logo (Photo from: AppleLion/Creative Commons).
NASA logo (Photo from: AppleLion/Creative Commons).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - An astronomer and a teacher from the Milwaukee area will help collect space data in a pair of NASA flights.  

Jean Creighton and Kathy Gustavson will join educators from 10 other states aboard NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.  

Creighton is the director of the Manfred Olson Planetarium at UW-Milwaukee. Gustavson is a science teacher at Glendale Nicolet High School.  

Creighton tells WUWM Radio on the Milwaukee campus that they'll fly 45,000 feet in the air, while gathering astronomical data on the world's largest flying observatory of its kind.  

Creighton and Gustavson will be trained this spring in California. They'll then board the space craft for a pair of 10 hour flights.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)