Former NH woman to get a unique look at space
By MARK QUIRK
New Hampshire Union Leader | May 14. 2014 11:09PM
Tonight and Friday night, former Concord resident Lizzie Rosenberger will take flight on SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747SP that is part of NASA’s research fleet and the only flying astronomical observatory in the world.
“I’m very excited,” said Rosenberger, 29, who moved to Concord when she was 6 and grew up there. “I’m glad it’s finally here.”
When reached by phone in California on Monday, Rosenberger said her training was to start Tuesday with a meeting with several scientists and engineers.
Both flights will take off at 7:30 p.m. (PST) and land about 5:30 a.m. The flights are taken at night for better visibility, which is also why they go to an altitude of 39,000 to 45,000 feet.
The fact Rosenberger is going on these flights isn’t surprising to her father, Eric Rosenberger. He said his daughter has traveled all over the world and is very familiar with flying on 747s. The only difference is this one will go about 10,000 feet higher.
Eric and his wife, Teresa, still live in Concord. They plan to see their daughter at a christening this Sunday on Long Island, where they will get the scoop about what it’s like to be part of a NASA program.
The application process started in April 2013, when Rosenberger learned about the program at a convention. She and her partner, fellow Avenues: The World School teacher Mike Maccarone, were required to write essays and outreach plans. They were selected by a group of their peers.
“I would lay out there and look at the stars on my lawn,” she said. “I’d get eaten alive by mosquitoes, and I’d love it.”
This time she won’t need any bug spray.