Partnership Opportunities with the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
NASA is looking for partners to to expand science opportunities for international and domestic users of the world's largest airborne observatory. SOFIA is a partnership between NASA (USA) and DLR (Germany) featuring an infrared astronomy telescope mounted in a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft. SOFIA conducts approximately 100 night flights per year at altitudes of 39,000–45,000 (12–14 kilometers), above the opaque properties of the atmosphere, and in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
NASA is seeking to identify two types of additional partners to maximize the use of SOFIA's capabilities:
1. International Astronomy Partners, and
2. Ride-along Partners.
For more information, see http://www.nasa.gov/ames/partnerships/sofia/opportunities
(This was sent out to our general SOFIA community, I'm passing it along here since I know it'll be of interest to some of you out there in G+ land. Good luck!)