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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...

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2011-03-17 06:48:23

Following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March, satellite imagery has been vital in providing a clear picture of the extent of devastation to aid the relief effort now underway. In response to this event, which turned out to be the biggest earthquake Japan has suffered in living memory, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' was triggered by the Cabinet Office of Japan the same day the earthquake struck. As a result, satellite images from several space...

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2011-03-10 11:37:25

There is an old chestnut about a pedestrian who once asked a virtuoso violinist near Carnegie Hall how to get to the famed concert venue. The virtuoso's answer: practice! The same applies to NASA's Dawn mission to the giant asteroid Vesta. In the lead-up to orbiting the second most massive body in the asteroid belt this coming July, Dawn mission planners and scientists have been practicing mapping Vesta's surface, producing still images and a rotating animation that includes the scientists'...

2011-01-27 13:00:00

COLUMBIA, Md., Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is proud to announce that the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Telescope Assembly Characterization First Light (TACFL) flight team has won a NASA Group Achievement Award for the "success of the SOFIA First Light flight, and for the dedicated efforts of the team, who made it their top priority for the several weeks leading up to the flight." The award was...

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2011-01-03 11:15:00

On Monday, Germany's aerospace center denied that it is working with the U.S. on a $270 million high-tech secret spy program. According to documents released by Wikileaks, Germany joined a partnership with the U.S. to create a satellite spying program that was presented as a commercial enterprise, but is actually run by the Germany intelligence service and the German Aerospace Center, DLR. German Aerospace Center spokesman Andreas Schuetz said the project, which would require a...

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2010-12-21 10:25:00

Galileo's terrestrial nerve center formally entered service Monday, Dec. 20. With the first Galileo satellites due to be launched next August, Fucino in central Italy will oversee the running of all navigation services provided by Europe's global satellite system. The Fucino Galileo Control center, 130 km east of Rome, was inaugurated by Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission for Industry and Entrepreneurship; Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General; Gianni Letta,...

2010-12-09 06:55:16

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Chairman of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Executive Board Johann-Dietrich Worner signed a framework agreement for cooperative activities in aeronautics, exploration and the peaceful use of space Wednesday at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The agreement is intended to enhance cooperation between the two agencies during the next decade. "NASA has a long history of successful cooperation with the government of Germany and an outstanding relationship...

2010-12-01 12:42:00

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, completed the first of three science flights on Wednesday morning to demonstrate the aircraft's potential to make discoveries about the infrared universe. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The airborne observatory is an international collaboration between NASA and the German Aerospace Center, Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt...

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2010-12-01 13:33:51

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, completed the first of three science flights on Wednesday morning to demonstrate the aircraft's potential to make discoveries about the infrared universe. The airborne observatory is an international collaboration between NASA and the German Aerospace Center, Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR). SOFIA is a heavily modified Boeing 747SP that cruises at altitudes between 39,000 and 45,000 feet. It will allow...


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