SOFIA, did you know?

SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy)

NASA’s project SOFIA was a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope that observed the cosmos in infrared light. SOFIA flew into Earth’s stratosphere, up to about 45,000 feet (13,700 meters), and collected data during 10-hour overnight flights, observing the Moon, planets, stars, nearby galaxies, and more.

SOFIA was a joint project of NASA and the German Space Agency at DLR.

First Flight: April 26, 2007
Final Flight: Sept. 28-29, 2022

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Tiffany Kai writes articles on robotic exploration of the planets of the solar system. She is a robotic assistant of Dr. Jozef Kozár.

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