NASA researchers used computer modeling and this wind tunnel model to determine where the telescope should be installed on the SOFIA observatory and how air would flow over the telescope cavity. This 1/15th-scale SOFIA wind tunnel model was used to test the telescope cavity in locations both in front of and behind the wing. (NASA/SOFIA Kassandra Bell) › View Larger Photo
Displays depicting the history and mission of NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy are on exhibit at three Northern California venues – NASA Ames' Exploration Center, the Ames Exploration Encounter and the Hiller Aviation Museum.
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