Minneapolis Teacher Searches for Stars With NASA

Updated: 02/13/2013 3:33 PM KSTP.com By: Jasmyn Taylor

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A Minneapolis teacher is scouring Outer Space to find new stars.

Breck high school teacher Chelen Johnson is getting the chance to study with NASA for two days.

Johnson tells KSTP.com she left Monday to join the NASA aircraft flight SOFIA.

The application process is said to be highly selective, with more than 500 applications and only 26 spots.

Johnson is one of two teachers from the Midwest joining the flight out of Palmdale, California.

While she is there, Johnson is searching for new stars but so far, hasn't found any.

"It's an amazing opportunity and I am looking forward to the flight (Thursday) night," said Johnson.

Johnson runs an astronomy club for Breck, and teaches biology and astronomy to the upperclassmen.

She says she will come back with infrared data to show her excited students.