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SOFIA Gets a Shower
03.10.11
 
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, 747 is bathed by water from the Air Force Plant 42 fire department outside the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., during recent leak checks. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, 747 is bathed by water from the Air Force Plant 42 fire department outside the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., during recent leak checks of the observatory's telescope cavity door. Even small amounts of moisture would affect the optical performance of the telescope mirrors that are hidden beneath the 12-by-16-foot door in the aircraft’s rear fuselage. (NASA Photo / Tom Tschida)

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