Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
SOFIA mission public engagement & public outreach efforts, including maintaining the Science Center website and producing social media output, are jointly managed & implemented by SOFIA staff employed by USRA, the SETI Institute, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.SOFIA is a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that carries a telescope with an effective diameter of 100 inches (2.5 meters) at altitudes up to 45,000 feet (14 km), above the obscuring layer of water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere. The SOFIA program is a partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). NASA's Ames Research Center manages the SOFIA science mission in cooperation with USRA and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI). The SOFIA aircraft is based at NASA Armstrong's research aircraft operations facility in Palmdale, California.
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