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NASA Armstrong Building 703 in Palmdale, CA

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Points of Contact

Michael Thomson
Director
Science Mission Directorate
(661) 276-3097
Michael Thomson@nasa.gov

Sandy Meske
Business Operations Manager (PS)
(661) 276-2835
Sandy.S.Meske@nasa.gov

Craig Griffith
Safety, Health, & Environmental (SH)
(661) 276-3231
Craig.S.Griffith@nasa.gov

Robert Garcia
Flight Operations Manager (OG)
(661)276-3826
robert.m.garcia@nasa.gov

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NASA Armstrong Building 703 @ Palmdale

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Sandy Meske (center), Business Operations Manager at NASA Armstrong's Building 703, provides a tour of the SOFIA, DC-8, ER-2, and the facility for honored guests from the William J. "Pete" Knight Veterans' Home. (Photo courtesy Lawrence Hawkins).

NASA Aircraft Based @ Building 703

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SOFIA Program

With the large door over its 2.5-meter German-built telescope wide open, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy 747SP aircraft soars over Southern California’s high desert during a test flight in 2010 in preparation for its Early Science missions.

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is based at NASA Armstrong Building 703 in Palmdale and is the world's largest airborne astronomical observatory.  The aircraft complements NASA’s space telescopes as well as major Earth-based telescopes.  SOFIA features a German-built far-infrared telescope with an effective diameter of 100-inches (2.5 meters). The telescope weighs 19 tons (38,000 pounds) and is mounted in the rear fuselage of a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft...Read more

Bldg 703 Spotlight

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Page Last Updated: April 17th, 2014
Page Editor: Yvonne Gibbs