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A sticker for each place SOFIA has visited #NASA747  
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SOFIA infrared image of planetary nebula M2-9 (left) compared with visual Hubble Space Telescope image (right). http://go.nasa.gov/1q5NM6Z #Hubble25  
Image #: SCI2012_0004. Date: 3/29/12. Title: Planetary Nebula M2-9. Caption: SOFIA mid-infrared image of the planetary nebula Minkowski 2-9 (M2-9), also known as the Butterfly Nebula, compared with a visual-wavelength Hubble Space Telescope image at the same scale and orientation.
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"Even though 1000 years sounds like a lot, it's the equivalent of a 40-minute event in the life of a human being."
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View from SOFIA over #Germany #NoPlaceLikeHome  
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SOFIA landing at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center  #NoPlaceLikeHome  
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Water vapor in our atmosphere blocks infrared radiation from reaching the ground. SOFIA flies above 99% of that vapor (image: STScI/JHU/NASA).
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SOFIA infrared (right) and Hubble visible (left): images reveal different aspects of star formation complex M42 http://go.nasa.gov/1Bhehfx #Hubble25  
Home > News and Updates > SOFIA Opens New Window on Star Formation in Orion. SOFIA Opens New Window on Star Formation in Orion. Photos and video below. January 11, 2011. A mid-infrared mosaic image from SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) offers new information about ...
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I was given the opportunity to fly as a passenger on SOFIA'S 200th flight during the night of 12 to 13 March 2015. It was also the second flight of the new observation campaign featuring the German-developed Field-Imaging Far-Infrared Line Spectrometer (FIFI-LS), an astronomical instrument developed by the University of Stuttgart. I have to say, though, that my interest was not so much the science; rather, I wanted to experience what SOFIA 'felt'...
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The SOFIA team has been treated to both the Aurora Borealis and the Aurora Australis #NoPlaceLikeHome #EarthDay #Aurora  
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SOFIA in Christchurch, New Zealand for Southern Hemisphere observing in 2013 #NoPlaceLikeHome #EarthDay  
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SOFIA Science: Measurements of ionized gas at edge of Milky Way's Central Molecular Zone http://go.nasa.gov/1DfzHWA #NASAbeyond  
Image #: SCI2015_0003. Date: 1/15/15. Title: The Galaxy's Central Molecular Zone. Caption: NANTEN CO (1-0) map. The region mapped by Herschel/HIFI is marked as a yellow box. Positions of ionized carbon [C II] and nitrogen [N II] observations by SOFIA/GREAT are indicated by crosses.
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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.