IAM Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's "Uhura", who last month flew onboard NASA SOFIA. I'm joined by SOFIA Staff Scientist Dr. Helton to talk about the flight, the SOFIA telescope, and it's mission in the stratosphere.
I’m Nichelle Nichols, some of you may know me best as Lt. Uhura from Star Trek, the Original Series. A couple months back, I had an amazing time hosting an Ask Me Anything here on Reddit. I loved the response it got, it’s so much fun to be able to talk to so many of you so quickly!
During that AMA, I announced that I was invited to fly onboard NASA SOFIA. (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) The response was huge! You folks, and others, had so many questions, and a lot of excitement. Now that the flight itself is behind me, I wanted to do another AMA, this time focused on SOFIA, the flight, the telescope, and its mission in the stratosphere, including the Ambassador program that sent me up there!
Do you want to experience what it’s like to be on SOFIA? You can watch an interactive 360-degree video shot on SOFIA and in the NASA briefings, with a VIP pass. Through StarPower, I’m raising funds for The Planetary Society and the Technology Access Foundation, two amazing causes that help make our future in space more bright.
To answer questions alongside me, I am joined by two amazing NASA people, together posting from /u/NASASOFIA. SOFIA Staff Scientist Dr. Helton will be fielding the technical questions, while NASA Ames Outreach Coordinator Kassandra Bell and I talk about the Ambassador outreach program and education.
So, Reddit, Ask (Us) Anything! We’ll be here for about an hour.
Proof: of me http://imgur.com/uIJTR77
Edit: Hailing frequencies are now closing! I'm off for a lunch appointment, but Dr. Helton and I will pop in later to answer some top rated questions.