Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy


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Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy:

see infrared astronomyinfrared astronomy,
study of celestial objects by means of the infrared radiation they emit, in the wavelength range from about 1 micrometer to about 1 millimeter. All objects, from trees and buildings on the earth to distant galaxies, emit infrared (IR) radiation.
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Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

(strat-ŏ-sfe -rik) (SOFIA) A large-aperture telescope system to be installed in a Boeing 747SP aircraft, allowing infrared (especially far-IR) and submillimeter observations to be made from altitudes of over 41 000 feet, i.e. above most of the absorbing atmosphere (see atmospheric windows). Under study by both NASA and the German Space Agency DASA, it will replace the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. The planned telescope diameter is 2.5 meters and the spatial resolution 1–2 arc seconds. The expected lifetime is 20 years. SOFIA will provide a platform from which follow-up observations can be made on a short timescale for projects such as IRAS, ISO, and SIRTF. It is expected to be operational in 2009.
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received two subcontracts this week as part of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) contract, awarded by NASA Ames.
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, completed its first science flight Wednesday, April 6, using the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT) scientific instrument.
2 million contract to design, assemble, test, and operate the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a modified Boeing 747 equipped with an 8-foot (2.
27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is proud to announce that the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Telescope Assembly Characterization First Light (TACFL) flight team has won a NASA Group Achievement Award for the "success of the SOFIA First Light flight, and for the dedicated efforts of the team, who made it their top priority for the several weeks leading up to the flight.
and the University of Arizona submitted a bid Thursday for NASA's billion-dollar Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) project.
For the first time, NASA's Twitter followers are being invited to Ames to learn about planetary discoveries from Kepler and the science flights of NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft.
1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, completed the first of three science flights on Wednesday morning to demonstrate the aircraft's potential to make discoveries about the infrared universe.
May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint program by NASA and the German Aerospace Center, achieved a major milestone May 26, with its first in-flight night observations.
Called the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, the NASA/DLR mission uses a heavily modified Boeing 747-SP aircraft to carry aloft a telescope larger than the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA's Program Management Council concluded that there were no insurmountable technical or programmatic challenges to the continued development of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

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