SOFIA is an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft
carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters
Studying the universe at infrared wavelengths SOFIA is capable of making
observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest
SOFIA is an 80%/20% partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center
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.