NATOMAS (CBS13) – A teacher from Natomas was aiming for the stars and you can tell she was successful. Domina Stamas was able to fly into the stratosphere during a NASA mission.
This is a rare opportunity, with only 28 high school STEM teachers selected for the flight. As Stamas is back on the ground, it’s clear that she is still flying high.
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âYou’re the first person I spoke to after the flight, so you’re feeling all the emotion right now,â Stamas told CBS13. âBreathtaking, emotional. I wish it wasn’t my only time.
Stamas was almost speechless after the flight with NASA scientists, claiming it took his breath away.
âI felt like it was right for me to be up there,â Stamas said. “I mean, who wouldn’t want to get as high as possible off the face of the Earth?” “
Stamas, a teacher at the brand new Westlake Charter High School in Natomas, has been selected to participate in the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program to gain real-world experience to take back to the students.
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âI mean, if I could do that, I could do anything. And if I can do it, my students can do it, âStamas said.
Stamas couldn’t say enough good things about the scientists and pilots aboard the flight, saying she was honored to see all the work they are doing in researching the universe. The group followed NASA scientists collecting data for the research aboard a modified 747 equipped with a telescope. It is essentially a flying observatory.
âWhat we did as educators was we learned how the telescope was used to collect images of the universe,â Stamas said.
The crew reached 43,000 feet during the nine hour flight and Stamas said she could feel the change in surroundings. Everyone has been trained on hypoxia, a condition where not enough oxygen reaches the cells and tissues in your body. While everyone was wearing an emergency oxygen belt, that was the least of Stamas’ worries. Believe it or not, she’s dizzy. It was definitely the experience of a lifetime leaving a teacher in Natomas with lessons she will cherish forever.
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“I just wish everyone in the world could see our planet from above, and I wish everyone in the world knew how unique and special this planet is because we would take better care of each other. “Stamas said.