Skywatch

  • July 5, 2007

    Episode 108: SOFIA Honors Historic Flight

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    NASA's new Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a highly modified 747 airliner that carries a 45,000-pound infrared telescope system. SOFIA's purpose is to fly above the water vapor in the Earth's atmosphere that impedes infrared light, allowing its telescope to make powerful infrared observations. NASA recently commemorated the 80th anniversary of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight by bestowing the name Clipper Lindbergh on the flying observatory.