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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...

2010-04-14 09:40:00

COLUMBIA, Md., April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is extremely proud to welcome the University of Stuttgart to its distinguished group of member universities. The addition of this outstanding university, which brings the number of USRA member universities to 105, expands USRA's already significant reach into the space science university and research communities and enhances the association's ability to not only carry its 40-year...

2010-02-17 07:12:10

NASA will exercise a one-year extension option for a contract with Computer Science Corporation of Fort Worth, Texas, to provide aircraft maintenance and modification support. The extension is valued at $58 million. The Aircraft Maintenance and Modification Program contract provides for the continuity of services for flight line; intermediate and depot level maintenance; repairs; and modifications and engineering support on aircraft. The aircraft supported are operated at NASA's Johnson Space...

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2010-02-03 13:36:40

NASA astronomers have successfully demonstrated that a David of a telescope can tackle Goliath-size questions in the quest to study Earth-like planets around other stars. Their work, reported today in the journal Nature, provides a new tool for ground-based observatories, promising to accelerate by years the search for prebiotic, or life-related, molecules on planets orbiting stars beyond our solar system. The scientists reported on a new technique used with a relatively small Earth-based...

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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...

2009-12-18 15:16:00

EDWARDS, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA jumbo jet that will help scientists unlock the origins of the universe with infrared observations reached a milestone Friday when doors covering the plane's telescope were fully opened in flight. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified 747 jet known as SOFIA, flew for one hour and 19 minutes, which included two minutes with the telescope's...

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2009-12-18 15:25:00

A NASA jumbo jet that will help scientists unlock the origins of the universe with infrared observations reached a milestone Friday when doors covering the plane's telescope were fully opened in flight. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified 747 jet known as SOFIA, flew for one hour and 19 minutes, which included two minutes with the telescope's doors fully opened. The goal was to allow engineers to understand how air flows in and around the telescope. It was the...

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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...

2009-11-17 10:57:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or Wise, is chilled out, sporting a sunshade and getting ready to roll. NASA's newest spacecraft is scheduled to roll to the pad on Friday, Nov. 20, its last stop before launching into space to survey the entire sky in infrared light. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Wise is scheduled to launch no earlier than 9:09 a.m. EST on Dec. 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in...

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2009-11-17 11:00:00

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or Wise, is chilled out, sporting a sunshade and getting ready to roll. NASA's newest spacecraft is scheduled to roll to the pad on Friday, Nov. 20, its last stop before launching into space to survey the entire sky in infrared light. Wise is scheduled to launch no earlier than 9:09 a.m. EST on Dec. 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will circle Earth over the poles, scanning the entire sky one-and-a-half times in nine months. The...


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