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NASA Begins Testing Of New Spectrograph On SOFIA
2014-06-04 03:02:24

NASA Astronomers are eagerly waiting to begin use of a new instrument to study celestial objects: a high-resolution, mid-infrared spectrograph mounted on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the world's largest flying telescope. This new instrument, the Echelon-Cross-Echelle Spectrograph (EXES), can separate wavelengths of light to a precision of one part in 100,000. At the core of EXES is an approximately 3-foot (1 meter) bar of aluminum called an echelon...

2014-06-03 12:20:40

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers are eagerly waiting to begin use of a new instrument to study celestial objects: a high-resolution, mid-infrared spectrograph mounted on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the world's largest flying telescope. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This new instrument, the Echelon-Cross-Echelle Spectrograph (EXES), can separate wavelengths of light to a precision of one...

2014-01-08 16:20:49

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for teachers during research flights in the next few months. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Twelve two-person teams have been selected for SOFIA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, representing educators from 10 states. Each will be paired with a professional astronomer to observe first-hand how airborne...

2012-01-26 06:43:08

Twenty-six educators from the United States have been selected for research flights aboard SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. As participants in the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, the educators will partner with professional astronomers using SOFIA for scientific observations in 2012 and 2013. SOFIA is a modified Boeing 747SP jetliner equipped with a 100-inch (2.5-meter) diameter telescope. The observatory enables the analysis of infrared light to...

NASA Announces California Tweetup To Tour Airborne Observatory
2011-09-28 04:12:27

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...

2011-05-11 14:00:00

COLUMBIA, Md., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program has selected six middle and high school science teachers to fly onboard the observatory aircraft during research flights in May and June 2011. In this "pilot" implementation of SOFIA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, teams of educators will be partnered with researchers to observe and participate in science first-hand and then take their experiences back to...

2011-05-10 11:00:00

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected six teachers to work with scientists aboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) during research flights in May and June. This is the first team of educators selected to participate in SOFIA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) SOFIA is a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft fitted with a 100 inch (2.5 meter) diameter...

2011-04-07 10:20:00

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, completed its first science flight Wednesday, April 6, using the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT) scientific instrument. GREAT is a high-resolution far-infrared spectrometer that finely divides and sorts light into component colors for detailed analysis. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) SOFIA is the only operational...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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