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2010-05-03 08:50:00

COLUMBIA, Md., May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reporters attending a recent Media Day event for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) were given not only an introduction to the innovative high-flying observatory but were also briefed on the telescope's exciting, upcoming "First Light" missions. SOFIA is a highly modified Boeing 747SP housing a 17-ton infrared telescope. Placement of the telescope inside the aircraft will enable observations to be done at an altitude...

2010-04-21 17:25:00

A NASA Boeing 747 carrying a German-made infrared telescope is ready to scan the skies for the first time. Project officials in a NASA hangar in Southern California's high desert showed off the 40,000-pound telescope on Tuesday. The telescope assembly is mounted in the rear of the former Pan Am jetliner.  A huge hatch opens during flight to allow the 98-inch-diameter telescope to view the sky. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is expected to capture its...

2010-01-08 11:40:00

Most astronomers wouldn't dream of opening their observatory's doors in 100 mph winds. Yet NASA's new SOFIA telescope recently flew in an airplane at 250 mph with doors wide open. On Dec. 18th, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), flew in a modified Boeing 747 at 15,000 feet for one hour and 19 minutes. For two minutes of that time, the door by the telescope was wide open. "This was the first time the door was fully opened in flight," says Bob Meyer, SOFIA program...

2009-11-20 07:30:00

You don't always have to have a rocket to do rocket science. Sometimes a mere airplane will do "“ that is, a mere Boeing 747 toting a 17-ton, 9-foot wide telescope named SOFIA. Short for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA will observe the universe while gliding through the stratosphere at 45,000 feet. When it begins operations next year, it will be the world's biggest, most advanced airborne observatory. "SOFIA is set to achieve some spectacular science," says...

2009-09-09 15:26:57

NASA has awarded a contract modification to L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, L.P., of Waco, Texas, for further developmental engineering in support of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy mission, known as SOFIA. This option modification under the base contract L-3 currently holds extends the period of performance through Dec. 31, 2009. The option is valued at approximately $8.7 million, bringing the total value of the contract to about $37.7 million. The initial...

2009-06-02 08:33:00

COLUMBIA, Md., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is proud to announce that Dr. Eric Becklin has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (the Academy). One of the world's foremost infrared astronomers, Dr. Becklin has played a significant role in laying the basis for the modern science of astronomy with wide-ranging work that includes the discovery of the location of the nucleus of the Milky Way, one of the...

2004-12-23 08:45:56

PPARC -- A new astronomical camera has begun operations on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii. The Wide Field Camera (WFCAM), built at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC), Edinburgh, is the world's most powerful infrared survey camera. It will survey large regions of the sky at infrared wavelengths and is expected to discover both the nearest objects outside our Solar System and the farthest known objects in the Universe. WFCAM has the largest field of view of any...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Mauna Kea Observatories -- Hawaii is Earth's connecting point to the rest of the Universe. The summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii hosts the world's largest astronomical observatory, with telescopes operated by astronomers from eleven countries. The combined light-gathering power of the telescopes on Mauna Kea is fifteen times greater than that of the Palomar telescope in California -- for many years the world's largest -- and sixty times greater than that of the Hubble Space...

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