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SOFIA Telescope
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SOFIA is the world's largest airborne observatory.
SOFIA is the world's largest airborne observatory.

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The raised areas around the telescope cavity are ramps that maintain smooth airflow over the opening during flight #HumpDay
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Orion’s Horsehead Nebula is a prime laboratory to study star formation. This map was made in only 4 hours! https://go.nasa.gov/2nJ8G1e
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Every turn of the flight is carefully planned to position the telescope for observations. #NASAbeyond 

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“Kitchen Smoke” molecules in nebula offer clues to the building blocks of life: http://go.nasa.gov/2lFPlu3 #NASAbeyond
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Observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space made while flying at 40,000 feet: http://go.nasa.gov/2iN1Cvg 
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Today on Snapchat: Go a mission with us as we study the atmosphere of Venus & more! Follow NASA and follow our story. 
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“Falling and I can’t get up”: Detecting Collapsing Clouds Becoming Young Suns. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2hRpIZz #NASAbeyond 
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Observations of Jupiter previously only possible from space made from Earth's stratosphere: http://go.nasa.gov/2iML361#NASAbeyond
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We study mid- and far-infrared wavelengths (30-300 microns) providing data that cannot be obtained by any other astronomical facility on the ground or in space, including all past, present, or those observatories now under development. http://go.nasa.gov/gTrCw5 #NASAbeyond
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How an engineer started his career @NASAAmes w/ our predecessor the Kuiper Airborne Observatory: http://go.nasa.gov/2eK1R8E #NASASiliconValley
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