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NASA airborne observatory sees stars for first time

09/15/2004 12:00AM

NASA airborne observatory sees stars for first time

For the first time, scientists have peered at the stars using the newly installed telescope aboard NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the largest airborne observatory in the world.


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Just wondering how they solved the problem of harmonics from the Planes engines ?? John M. Astoria, OR.

  • Ron S [Ron Scarboro]
  • 09/15/2004 02:15PM
This solution doesn't make sense to me. Wouldn't this money be better spent on....<br><br>a bigger telescope on the top of a mountain? upgrades to Hubble?<br>down payment on Hubble replacement?
  • jaculpe [Andrew Culpepper]
  • 09/15/2004 07:26PM
Check out the FAQ at http://www.sofia.arc.nasa.gov/Sofia/faqs/sofia_faqs.html#O1<br><br>They plan to fly it 4 or 5 times a week for the next 20 years and it will still cost 10 times less than Hubble.