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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...

2011-09-18 04:57:22

NASA is inviting journalists to tour and learn more about the world's largest airborne astronomical observatory on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 12 to 2 p.m. EDT at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft fitted with a 100 inch (2.5 meter) diameter telescope, is making a rare appearance on the East Coast after a deployment to Germany. Media will hear from NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, Leland...

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2011-07-20 07:35:00

A Russian radio telescope intended to be the largest of its kind in space, has started its stellar orbit around planet Earth for the first time since being launched, reports BBC News. The radio telescope, named RadioAstron, part of the Russian space observatory -- Spectrum-R -- will travel in an elliptical orbit that at its farthest point from Earth will take it close to the Moon. It was carried into orbit by the Zenith-3M rocket, taking off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on Monday...

2011-05-11 15:00:00

PALMDALE, Calif., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program will showcase its science and education efforts to journalists on June 8 at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. (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 telescope. It analyzes infrared light to study the formation of stars...

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...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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