Teachers Learn About Airborne Science

Twenty-seven elementary, middle, and high school teachers from Los Angeles and Kern counties visited the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility (DAOF) in Palmdale, California on Friday January 25, 2013.  The visit coincided with the NASA Airborne Science Media Day.

The K-12 teachers toured insides of the NASA DC-8 and P-3B Airborne Science laboratories.  In addition, they saw and learned about the current missions of the NASA ER-2, G-III and B-200 aircraft. 

NASA DC-8 Mission Manager, Frank Cutler, talks to teachers visiting the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility (Image Credit: NASA/Tom Tschida)

Frank Cutler talks to teachers inside the NASA DC-8 (Image Credit: NASA/Tom Tschida)

Teachers board the NASA P-3B (Image Credit: NASA/Tom Tschida)

Randy Albertson, NASA Airborne Science Program Deputy Director talks to K-12 teachers (Image Credit: NASA/Tom Tschida)

NASA Airborne Science Program deputy director, Randy Albertson, gave the teachers an overview of NASA’s fleet of airplanes and how NASA uses these planes to study the Earth and its atmosphere. Teachers also learned about how they could follow Airborne Science flights and chat live with NASA scientists directly from their classrooms through a specialized website (contact emily.schaller@nasa.gov for more information).  Finally, teachers also learned about teacher workshops and other opportunities available to them through the AERO Institute.