SOFIA Updates

I see that several people are arriving here while looking for information on SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy).    Probably the best place to go is the weekly updates page at NASA’s SOFIA site.

The airframe that SOFIA is built on is a 747, originally built in1977, and christened “The Lindburgh Clipper” by Pan American Airways.   SOFIA will carry it’s infrared telescope above 99% of the earth’s atmospheric water vapor, giving us the ability to see objecs with a new degree of clarity, but still allow for easy upgrades to the instrument package.

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