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2014-04-01 16:20:35

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA issued a Request for Information (RFI) Monday soliciting potential partners interested in using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft for scientific investigations or for other potential uses. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA's Fiscal Year 2015 budget request to Congress calls for SOFIA to be placed in storage next year unless the agency's contribution to the project...

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...

2013-09-25 23:26:20

Race For Historic Property Begins Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) September 25, 2013 A historic piece of real estate, NASA Ames Moffett Field’s 1,000+ acre airfield, 3 iconic hangars, including the famous hangar one and a professional golf course are up for a development bid this October. Two previous NASA scientists, Dr. Sean Casey and Dr. Peri Pappadopoulos, Co-Founders of Silicon Valley Space Center, plan to win it! Drs. Casey and Pappadopoulos have formed the Silicon Valley Space...

Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy In New Zealand
2013-08-14 08:29:46

NASA NASA's SOFIA observatory program manager Eddie Zavala reflects on the myriad details of preparing for and then executing the flying observatory's first Southern Hemisphere mission in the summer of 2013. Fly 6,900 miles each way, deploy a cadre of flight and ground crew members along with an international science team for three weeks, and during that time fly three nights per week, 10 hours per flight, all while conducting world-class science. It’s a lot to imagine, and even...

SOFIA AIrborne Telescope Heading South To New Zealand
2013-07-18 18:30:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) telescope has moved south to New Zealand for the next two weeks to take advantage of the Southern Hemisphere's orientation. The space agency said the airborne observatory would be utilizing its southern position to take advantage of studying celestial objects that are difficult or impossible to see in the northern sky. SOFIA is a telescope attached to a modified Boeing...

2013-07-18 12:20:34

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's SOFIA airborne observatory will be based in New Zealand for the next two weeks, taking advantage of the Southern Hemisphere's orientation to study celestial objects that are difficult or impossible to see in the northern sky. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) SOFIA, formally known as the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, deployed to the United States Antarctic Program's facilities...

Heart Of Space Mission LISA Pathfinder Successfully Tested, Ready For Launch
2013-06-05 14:13:03

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics The optical bench of the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) mission passed with flying colors extensive testing at the Institute for Gravitational Research (IGR) at the University of Glasgow. IGR scientists assured that the high-precision measurement system is ready to survive tremendous forces up to 35 g (35 times the gravitational acceleration on Earth) during rocket launch. “With the successful tests we reached an important milestone. The...

Detecting Elusive Gravity Waves From The Other End Of The Cosmos
2013-05-18 05:59:14

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Exchange of electromagnetic energy is fairly well understood. The force carrier, the photon, is readily detectable and manipulated, making the physics of electromagnetic radiation easy to study. By contrast, gravitational exchanges pose a much greater challenge. This arises, at least in part, because the gravitational force is so much weaker than that of electricity and magnetism. Also, the force carrier itself, the...

Airborne Observatory Reveals Mystery Of Star Formation
2013-04-17 11:52:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using observations from an airborne observatory, NASA researchers have discovered new details on how massive stars form within a cloud of interstellar gas and dust. An emerging star known as G35 has been observed forming in an orderly process similar to the one undergone by smaller stars like our sun, according to the scientists´ report in the Astrophysical Journal. Lead author Yichen Zhang said the observations of G35 made...

2013-04-16 16:20:27

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers using the airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have captured the most detailed mid-infrared images yet of a massive star condensing within a dense cocoon of dust and gas. (Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The star is G35.20-0.74, commonly known as G35. It is one of the most massive known protostars and is located relatively close to Earth at a distance of 8,000...