Thursday, June 9, 2011



The rock star of telescopes!!!

I love this. I have been following the SOFIA program for many moons on paper, and I think I have more glossy little PDFs on this than any other NASA task, save perhaps the Mars rovers.

Now I have two wonderful photos I love seeing side-by-side, from 2009 and 2011:

Me with model of SOFIA at NASA Ames Research Ctr in 2008

Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
Me with the real SOFIA at NASA Dryden Aircraft Ops in 2011

SOFIA is the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified Boeing 747 that will be NASA's and the DLR's premiere platform for airborne astronomy over her 20-year lifespan.

I can't wait to tell you all about it, and show you all my wonderful pictures from NASA Dryden when I get home! Must drive there first, however. On the road today!


Jake said...

My mind is filling with "hidden fee" jokes. Instead I'll say, glad to hear you will be covering this project. I've seen pics before and it looks very cool.

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PillowNaut said...

@Jake, LOL... hidden fees! You kill me. Is it a little bit sad that this is what we think of anytime we lay eyes on a passenger jet?? ;) said...

The writer is totally right, and there is no skepticism.