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SOFIA: progress to initial science flights
Author(s): Erick T. Young; Eric Becklin; Pam Marcum; Alfred Krabbe; Helen Hall
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Paper Abstract

SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is a specially modified Boeing 747SP aircraft with a 2.7- m telescope. Flying above more than 99% of the water vapor in the Earth's atmosphere, SOFIA will enable observations of large regions of the infrared and submillimeter that are normally opaque to terrestrial observatories. A joint project of NASA and DLR, SOFIA has completed a series of major flight tests leading up to the Initial Science Flights this year. In particular, SOFIA has recently completed its first observations through the telescope. This paper gives an overview of the facility and reports on the recent progress in the development of this major astronomical facility including the First Light observations with the FORCAST infrared camera.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77330M (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858428
Show Author Affiliations
Erick T. Young, SOFIA Science Mission Operations, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Eric Becklin, SOFIA Science Mission Operations, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Pam Marcum, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Alfred Krabbe, Deutches SOFIA Institut, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Helen Hall, SOFIA Science Mission Operations, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7733:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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