10.20.11 - San Jose high school science teacher Marita Beard shares her experiences after an astronomy flight on NASA's SOFIA airborne observatory.
11.16.11 - The application period for Cycle 1 of NASA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassador program on the SOFIA observatory has closed, but teachers are encouraged to submit applications for Cycle 2 in fall 2012. Learn more
09.23.11 - NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, departed Joint Base Andrews, Md., en route to its home base at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Center in Palmdale, Calif.
09.22.11 - NASA’s Flying Telescope Showcased at Joint Base Andrews
09.19.11 - SOFIA on Display at Stuttgart, Germany
09.17.11 - The SOFIA flying observatory highlighted at the DLR German Aerospace Day and featured at the German SOFIA Institute's infrared astronomy exhibition.
09.11.11 - SOFIA has completed an avionics upgrade and is currently undergoing inspection and maintenance of its telescope assembly.
08.16.11 - Retired NASA astronaut and test pilot Fred Haise was more than ready for some left-hand seat flying time when he was given a personal tour of the NASA / DLR Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) by SOFIA 747SP pilot Manny Antimisiaris at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., on Aug. 12, 2011.
08.17.11 - Cal State Long Beach student intern Jill Pestana gives a thumbs-up for her summer internship experience with the NASA / DLR SOFIA flying observatory.
08.01.11 - A graphic representation of what the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy's high-tech telescope sees on a mission is depicted in this infrared scan during a recent Thursday Night on the Square activity in the NASA Dryden / AERO Institute Educator Resource Center in Palmdale, Calif.
06.24.11 - NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy observed the dwarf planet Pluto as it passed in front of a distant star on June 23, 2011. This event, known as an "occultation," allowed scientific analysis of Pluto and its atmosphere by flying SOFIA at the right moment to an exact location where Pluto's shadow fell on Earth.
06.10.11 - The SOFIA flying observatory's astronomical science and its application to STEM education was highlighted before news and social media June 8.
05.10.11 - NASA has selected the first six teachers who will work with scientists aboard the SOFIA flying observatory during research flights in May and June.
04.07.11 - The SOFIA flying observatory recently collected its first infrared imagery with the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies spectrometer.
01.31.11 - The German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies, or GREAT, instrument has been mounted on the SOFIA flying observatory for initial tests.
03.30.11 - Scientists completed nighttime testing of the GREAT spectrometer in preparation for a series of astronomy flights on the SOFIA observatory in April.
During the past year, the SOFIA Observatory achieved program goals and passed program milestones at a pace almost as fast as the observatory can fly
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03.10.11 - The SOFIA Observatory 747 gets a shower from the Air Force Plant 42 fire department during recent leak checks of the observatory's telescope cavity door.
01.11.11 - A mid-infrared mosaic image from SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) offers new information about processes of star formation in and around the nebula Messier 42 in the constellation Orion.
01.04.11 - Fifteen years after its final flight, veterans of the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, or KAO, gathered at NASA's Ames Research Center Nov. 10, 2010 to witness the opening of a time capsule.