Friday, May 28, 2010

First light for SOFIA

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, aka SOFIA, just took its first astronomy images on Wednesday.  SOFIA is a highly modified Boing 747 jet with a telescope poking out of the side, that will fly at 50,000 ft and observe, high above most of the Earth's atmosphere.

SOFIA has been much-delayed  -- I'm sure it's a huge relief to get it working.

 Images courtesy NASA.

1 comment:

lorax said...

Since SOFIA was so long delayed that Spitzer probably picked up a lot of what it was originally expected to do, what's the big mid-IR science that's left for SOFIA?