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SOFIA: observing the infrared universe from 40,000 ft.
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Science #TBT : Star formation in Orion (SOFIA image from 2010) http://go.nasa.gov/1Bhehfx
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SOFIA is flying tonight. Flight tracking http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/tracker/ #NASA747  
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SOFIA flies above 99% of the water vapor that prevents infrared light from reaching the ground. #NASA7  
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Happy Valentine's Day from SOFIA and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft! #NASA747 <3 SCA
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Ground testing with EXES instrument #NASA747  
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Next instrument up on SOFIA: EXES, Echelon-Cross- Echelle Spectrograph #NASA747  
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Educators have been selected to fly on SOFIA as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors! http://go.nasa.gov/18r79SP
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SOFIA Science: Understanding #Jupiter 's atmosphere with EXES http://go.nasa.gov/1l3arOv #NASA747  
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SOFIA in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2013. Photo by Matt Hayes Photography #TBT #NewZealand  
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A little Milky Way Center #NASA747 http://go.nasa.gov/1x1NZvN
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Airplane advantage: SOFIA's instruments are bigger and more powerful than those on space-based observatories. #NASA747  
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SOFIA is the world's largest airborne observatory.
Introduction
SOFIA is an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters (100 inches).
Studying the universe at infrared wavelengths SOFIA is capable of making observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest ground-based telescopes.
SOFIA is an 80%/20% partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
SOFIA is based at NASA's Armstrong Science And Aircraft Integration Facility
in Palmdale, California. Its Science Center is located at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.