SOFIA’s Flight to the Stars: NASA’s Airborne Astronomy Program

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While the world’s space agencies extend humanity’s reach into space with science satellites of all kinds, generations of scientists have carried out cutting-edge research from high in the Earth’s atmosphere using balloons and extensively modified jet aircraft.

The most sophisticated of these latter observatories is the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a 747 now in its second year of astronomical research. It’s program of discoveries is just beginning!

Join Tony Darnell, Alberto Conti, and Harley Thronson as they discuss with Bill Reach and Tom Roellig, both of NASA Ames Research Center, the challenges and excitement of astronomy with SOFIA.

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