September 28, 2011
NASA Announces California Tweetup To Tour Airborne Observatory
NASA will host a Tweetup for 50 of its Twitter followers on Oct. 14 at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The Tweetup includes a tour of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft, which will visit Ames.
SOFIA is a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that carries a telescope with a 100-inch reflecting mirror to conduct astronomy research not possible with ground-based telescopes. SOFIA is housed at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif.
Tweetup registration opens at 7 a.m. PDT on Monday, Oct. 3, and closes at 2 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, Oct. 4. NASA will randomly select 50 participants from online registrations.
Image Caption: The SOFIA flying observatory climbs out after takeoff. Credit: NASA / Carla Thomas
On the Net:
- For more information and rules about the Tweetup and registration, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/tweetup
- To follow NASA on Twitter, visit: http://www.twitter.com/NASA
- For more information about NASA´s Ames Research Center, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ames