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#OTD June 23, 1967: The X-15A-2 is rolled out of the paint shop after receiving an ablative coating to protect it from the high temperatures associated with hypersonic flight (above Mach 5). This pink eraser-like substance was then covered with a white sealant coat before flight. These coatings would help the aircraft reach the unofficial record speed of 4,520 mph (Mach 6.7) later that year with Maj. William J. "Pete" Knight as the pilot. #TBT
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In case you missed it: We are testing new propulsion technology that is greener, quieter and more efficient, using an experimental airplane, now designated X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell.”
Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1W3wwzA
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NASA offers a wide variety of opportunities for college students, providing hands-on experience to enhance and increase their professional capabilities.

Josh Peterson, a senior aerospace engineering student at Georgia Tech University, is a current intern at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. Josh has been planning, designing and integrating hardware to transform an F/A-18 aircraft, which was previously used for support missions, into NASA’s next flight controls testbed.

To learn more about NASA’s internship opportunities, visit: http://go.usa.gov/cfVFk
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Our flying observatory, SOFIA, is in New Zealand studying stars and other objects that cannot be seen while flying in the Northern Hemisphere.
Find out more: http://bit.ly/1S4gDC1
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#OTD June 9, 2951: The first X-5 aircraft was delivered to Edwards Air Force Base, CA. It made its first flight 11 days later, on June 20. The Bell X-5 was built to test the feasibility of changing the sweep angle of an aircraft's wings in flight.

To learn more about the X-5, visit: http://go.usa.gov/chrMQ
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The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand, to study the Southern Hemisphere’s skies.

To learn more, visit: http://go.usa.gov/cSzy4
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We are researching ways to reduce the magnitude of sonic booms. Watch as we do a supersonic flight demonstration to exhibit the various magnitudes LIVE on Facebook TODAY at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
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Join us tomorrow for a live tour of our Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft on Facebook Live! We will be answering your questions along with giving you an exclusive look inside our flying observatory. Tune in tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. PDT and 4:00 p.m. EDT.
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Starting this week, 32 undergraduate students begin an eight-week NASA airborne science field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth science research.

To learn more, visit: http://go.usa.gov/chu3H
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Researchers are comparing infrared data obtained in 2016 using the telescope onboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, to observations made with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in 2004. This data will help experts see the behavior of a particular star over time.

To learn more, visit: http://go.usa.gov/chwfh
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NASA and the German Aerospace Center, DLR, have extended their agreement to continue Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, science observations until the end of 2020.

For more information, visit:http://go.usa.gov/chYXB
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On Snapchat? Follow along today as we learn about NASA's newest supersonic X-plane concept. #NASASocial #FlyNASA
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The Armstrong Flight Research Center is NASA's primary center for atmospheric flight research and operations. NASA Armstrong is critical in carrying out the agency's missions of space exploration, space operations, scientific discovery, and aeronautical research and development. 

Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Armstrong Flight Research Center is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area, and visibility to test some of the nation's most exciting air vehicles.