2 New Mexico educators to fly with NASA

The service structure is rolled away from NASA's Orion spaceship late Wednesday in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Orion is scheduled to lift off Thursday morning on a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket on its first unmanned orbital test flight. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – Two New Mexico educators are about to embark on an amazing journey. They’re about to take a flight with NASA. Jeffery Killebrew is a teacher at the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Alamogordo. Michael Shinabery an educator at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

The two have been chosen to fly on NASA’s Sofia aircraft. Sofia stands for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy and is carries a massive telescope that explores the universe using infrared technology.

The pair is the first New Mexicans to ever be chosen for the project. The goal is to learn and then pass on the knowledge to their students. Because Killebrew’s students are blind and visually impaired they may never have seen what infrared pictures look like. His challenge is figuring out a way to translate what he’s learned into things his students understand.

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