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"08.12.2016 17:22:31" Spotted from the stratosphere: Super-heated gas streams churning up possible storm of new stars. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2hkmFYV #NASAbeyond
"05.12.2016 18:04:31" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Take a tour into the heart of SOFIA, the world's largest airborne observatory. SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy is an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that carries a 100-inch (2.5 meter) reflecting telescope with the At the heart of the observatory is our 2.5-meter telescope. Scientists onboard use it and our powerful instruments to study the solar system & beyond while flying at 38,000-45,000 feet. go.nasa.gov/2gQnTIc #NASAbeyond
"05.12.2016 16:38:30" The Heart of SOFIA At the heart of the observatory is the 2.5-meter telescope. Scientists onboard use it and our powerful instruments to study the solar system & beyond while flying at 38,000-45,000 feet. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2gQnTIc #NASAbeyond
"04.12.2016 23:20:26" NASA Ames Research Center The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is the largest airborne observatory in the world, capable of making observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest ground-based telescopes. SOFIA studies many different kinds Our telescope stays stable during flight while we study the solar system and beyond. #NASAbeyond
"02.12.2016 16:55:18" Flying with our newest instrument, an infrared camera and polarimeter, to study the solar system & beyond from 40,000 feet: http://go.nasa.gov/2gJm1Bh #NASAbeyond
"30.11.2016 19:26:25" media.giphy.com gph.is Our newest infrared camera and polarimeter is installed and ready for flight after ground testing last night. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2gJm1Bh #NASAbeyond
"30.11.2016 16:46:23" The Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) program is a professional development program aspiring to improve teaching, inspire students, and inform the community. http://go.nasa.gov/2gVAdK9
"29.11.2016 22:16:07" Learn why we put a telescope on an airplane, how we conduct our observations, and what we're studying in the solar system and beyond. #NASAbeyond
"27.11.2016 17:15:40" NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center Recently, four German educators flew on our flying observatory, SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. Flying on SOFIA as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors lets teachers experience world-class astronomy Four educators from Germany flew to the stratosphere as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. They will use this first-hand experience to bring SOFIA science to their students and to inspire them to study Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math.
"26.11.2016 01:41:28" Timeline Photos We'll be studying supermassive black holes again next year! http://go.nasa.gov/2fIynel #BlackHoleFriday
"24.11.2016 18:28:53" We are thankful for our entire team who makes studying the solar system and beyond from 40,000 ft a success. Happy Thanksgiving! #NASAbeyond
"23.11.2016 15:50:40" Timeline Photos Flying in the stratosphere with powerful instruments allows researchers to study star formation at wavelengths that are inaccessible from the ground. Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/2g3v8Mp #NASAbeyond
"21.11.2016 20:42:06" Observations coming next year include studying Neptune's moon Triton, water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa, and more: http://go.nasa.gov/2gefUHJ #NASAbeyond
"20.11.2016 18:56:44" Timeline Photos Mapping hydrogen on Jupiter: http://go.nasa.gov/2gaOiRd #NASAbeyond
"18.11.2016 19:20:31" Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) Herz aus Teleskop
Von außen betrachtet ein ziemlich normales Flugzeug. Im Inneren steckt jedoch etwas Einzigartiges: das 17 Tonnen Teleskop von SOFIA. From the outside, a pretty normal plane. On the inside, however, is something quite unique: a flying mission control center and our 17-tonne telescope. #NASAbeyond
"15.11.2016 20:04:51" Timeline Photos Next year we'll study Neptune's moon Triton, water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa seen by Hubble Space Telescope, and more: http://go.nasa.gov/2gefUHJ #NASAbeyond
"14.11.2016 19:47:35" Timeline Photos New data enhance our understanding of how massive stars form. “In only nine months, the burst has produced the same amount of energy as the Sun in almost 100,000 years." More: http://go.nasa.gov/2g877Yy #NASAbeyond
"12.11.2016 15:30:00" Timeline Photos We study mid- and far-infrared wavelengths (30-300 microns) providing data that cannot be obtained by any other astronomical facility on the ground or in space, including all past, present, or those observatories now under development.
"11.11.2016 16:44:35" Timeline Photos Happy #VeteransDay! Today we honor those who have served in our nation's armed forces, including many of our pilots.
"10.11.2016 18:21:00" Last night included observations of spinning dust, high-frequency water masers, & mapping the Orion Molecular Cloud. #NASAbeyond
"09.11.2016 18:01:54" Timeline Photos Sometimes our team is treated to spectacular views of Aurora when flying near Earth's poles. Seen here are the southern lights, or Aurora Australis, from the skies around New Zealand. We don't study aurora, but we do enjoy the view!
"08.11.2016 17:28:24" Another successful 10.5 hours in the stratosphere collecting great data with our instrument called GREAT: http://go.nasa.gov/1THHEP6 #NASAbeyond
"07.11.2016 20:36:23" We released a map of the Horsehead Nebula, a prime laboratory for studying star formation: http://go.nasa.gov/1RshWxx #NASAbeyond
"04.11.2016 16:25:23" Photos from SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy's post Come see yourself in infrared and learn about our observations tomorrow at the Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Days. We'll be on the field AT&T Park! #BASF16
"02.11.2016 18:14:10" Photos from SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy's post What it's like to work at NASA Ames Research Center and fly to 40,000 feet with a telescope: http://go.nasa.gov/2ekVixO #NASASiliconValley #NASAbeyond
"01.11.2016 16:17:50" Only treats last night: Our upgraded instrument uses 14 detectors simultaneously, making it 20x more efficient: http://go.nasa.gov/1THHEP6 #NASAbeyond
"01.11.2016 01:30:00" Timeline Photos Dust and gas haunting the black hole at the center of the Milky Way: http://go.nasa.gov/2f6Jmw8 #HappyHalloween #NASAbeyond
"31.10.2016 23:14:06" NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center Kaitlyn Summey, NASA Armstrong employee, dressed as SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy for today. Happy Halloween! This is our favorite #NASACostume so far!
"31.10.2016 19:58:18" Timeline Photos Infrared light is all around, even though we can't see it. Happy Halloween!
"28.10.2016 14:00:01" Photos from SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy's post How an engineer started his career @NASA w/ our predecessor the Kuiper Airborne Observatory: http://go.nasa.gov/2eK1R8E #NASASiliconValley
"27.10.2016 23:05:57" Timeline Photos Ten more hours observing from the stratosphere: ✅ #NASAbeyond
"25.10.2016 21:45:44" Timeline Photos Onboard instruments allow researchers to study star formation at wavelengths that are inaccessible from other observatories. #SOFIAscience16 #NASAbeyond
"24.10.2016 21:44:55" Timeline Photos Two modified Boeing 747SP aircraft meet at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.
"24.10.2016 18:56:38" media.giphy.com gph.is Learn more about our observations and see images of the solar system & beyond taken from the stratosphere: http://go.nasa.gov/gTrCw5 #NASAbeyond
"22.10.2016 15:00:01" Timeline Photos Project Scientist Dr. Pamela Marcum discusses astronomy from 45,000 ft: http://go.nasa.gov/2emv6gL #NASASiliconValley #SOFIAscience16
"21.10.2016 14:00:00" NASA and the German Aerospace Center, DLR put a telescope on a plane to study the solar system and beyond from 38,000-45,000 ft! #NASAbeyond #NASASiliconValley
"21.10.2016 01:30:00" Timeline Photos Our next instrument will allow researchers to study how planets form using infrared wavelengths inaccessible from other observatories: http://go.nasa.gov/2c7BIPr #NASAbeyond #SOFIAscience16
"20.10.2016 21:29:56" Another 10 hours exploring the solar system & beyond from 43,000 ft. Last night was all about studying star formation! #NASAbeyond ✨ #nasa747 ##✈️
"20.10.2016 14:00:00" Timeline Photos Our instruments allow researchers to study star formation at wavelengths that are inaccessible from other observatories. #SOFIAscience16 #NASAbeyond
"19.10.2016 23:15:39" media.giphy.com gph.is Supernovae can produce a substantial amount of the material from which planets like Earth can form: http://go.nasa.gov/1NwVBKl #SOFIAscience16 #NASAbeyond
"19.10.2016 19:00:01" Timeline Photos On this episode of NASA in Silicon Valley, Project Scientist Dr. Pamela Marcum discusses our flying observatory and what it's like to work for NASA: http://go.nasa.gov/2ekVixO #NASASiliconValley #SOFIAscience16
"19.10.2016 16:47:12" Last night's flight included studying water & peroxide on asteroids to better understand the water content of the asteroid belt. #SOFIAscience16 #NASAbeyond
"18.10.2016 20:00:01" Timeline Photos Researchers onboard pinpointed the amount and location of water vapor around a newly forming star with groundbreaking precision: http://go.nasa.gov/28luzmV #SOFIAscience16 #NASAbeyond
"18.10.2016 15:40:00" Timeline Photos Pratt & Whitney's Boeing 747SP arrives at SOFIA's home in NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for an SP users meeting. Welcome PWC!
"17.10.2016 18:16:50" Timeline Photos Have you heard? We detected clouds becoming young suns. Listen on "NASA in Silicon Valley" podcast: http://go.nasa.gov/2emv6gL #SOFIAscience16
"16.10.2016 19:32:35" Go inside our flying observatory http://go.nasa.gov/1pvOVI2
"13.10.2016 17:32:58" Last night we studied an exoplanet from 43,000 ft! These measurements will enable us to confirm the planet's size. #NASAbeyond
"13.10.2016 03:39:09" Tonight we're making follow-up measurements of an #exoplanet system that ESA - European Space Agency's CoRoT mission discovered! #NASAbeyond #NASA747
"11.10.2016 16:49:03" media.giphy.com gph.is Calibrating our instruments as we prepare for our next observing flight! #NASAbeyond
"07.10.2016 14:39:55" Timeline Photos We're taking over NASA's Snapchat today! Add NASA and follow our story. #NASAbeyond #NASA747
"06.10.2016 14:53:58" Timeline Photos Learn about what we study from 40,000 ft and higher: http://go.nasa.gov/gTrCw5 #NASAbeyond #NASA747
"05.10.2016 17:55:19" Timeline Photos We observed collapsing clouds becoming young suns. “Detecting infall in protostars is very difficult to observe, but is critical to confirm our overall understanding of star formation." Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2dKtEEH #NASAbeyond #NASA747
"03.10.2016 16:34:23" Timeline Photos See yourself in infrared and learn about our observations of the solar system and beyond in the NASA tent at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! #NASAbeyond
"01.10.2016 00:14:09" Timeline Photos The 30 Doradus region in the Large Magellanic Cloud is an extreme star-forming region. #NASAbeyond #NASA747
"29.09.2016 15:49:01" Timeline Photos #ThrowbackThursday: That time we found atomic oxygen on Mars. http://go.nasa.gov/1Ohdtuk #NASAbeyond
"27.09.2016 17:07:33" Last night we studied bright carbon stars, the environment in which massive stars form, and more from 43,000 ft. #nasabeyond #nasa747
"26.09.2016 16:41:35" media.giphy.com gph.is That's the telescope cavity door opening during flight as we begin observing the solar system & beyond from 38,000 ft. #NASAbeyond #NASA747
"23.09.2016 21:16:23" Photos from SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy's post Today is the last day to register for our conference: Star Formation and Feedback http://go.nasa.gov/2cNcg3Z
"22.09.2016 23:46:02" Timeline Photos Have you heard? “Kitchen Smoke” molecules in nebula offer clues to the building blocks of life. Listen on "NASA in Silicon Valley" podcast: http://go.nasa.gov/2d40pA7 #NASAbeyond
"21.09.2016 15:58:52" Last night we studied star formation from 45,000 feet! We collected great data during the ten-hour flight. #NASAbeyond
"20.09.2016 15:36:01" That's the aircraft moving around the telescope which is fixed on the observing target. Another night of astronomy from 43,000 feet is in the books! #NASAbeyond
"19.09.2016 16:31:16" Timeline Photos Celebrating 50 years of Airborne Astronomy: October 17-20. Registration deadline is September 23: http://go.nasa.gov/2amSwlO
"16.09.2016 20:55:32" youtube.com SOFIA's Flight to the Stars: NASA's Airborne Astronomy Program While the world's space agencies extend humanity's reach into space with science satellites of all kinds, generations of scientists have carried out cutting-... Watch a hangout with some of our scientists and learn more about our observations! #NASAbeyond
"15.09.2016 01:37:08" Astronomy from 43,000 feet: time-lapse inside the observatory. #NASAbeyond
"13.09.2016 21:07:32" Timeline Photos Using infrared light we can study how stars are forming inside interstellar clouds. http://go.nasa.gov/1UviC5v #NASAbeyond
"10.09.2016 15:02:55" Timeline Photos We fly above 99% of the water vapor that blocks infrared light from reaching the ground. #NASAbeyond
"09.09.2016 14:02:33" Timeline Photos Inside the observatory is our flying misson control center, where out team coordinates observations from 40,000 ft.
"08.09.2016 14:00:08" Timeline Photos A team from @NASAGoddard is developing our next instrument to study how planets form: http://go.nasa.gov/2c7BIPr
"07.09.2016 17:21:28" Timeline Photos Our next instrument can detect atomic oxygen & water to help us understand how planets form: http://go.nasa.gov/2c7BIPr
"06.09.2016 14:03:18" Timeline Photos Our Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors bring their onboard experiences back to their classrooms & communities #NASAbeyond
"05.09.2016 14:03:24" sofia.usra.edu The Local Truth: Star-Formation and Feedback in the SOFIA Era --... October 17 - 20, 2016
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA, USA
This conference will focus on the current understanding of... Join us to discuss star formation and feedback processes in the Galactic Center: http://go.nasa.gov/2amSwlO
"04.09.2016 14:01:54" Timeline Photos SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors & Nichelle Nichols experiencing SOFIA science first hand to inspire students to pursue STEM careers!
"03.09.2016 14:02:31" youtube.com Nichelle Nichols "Lt. Uhura" flies aboard SOFIA Actress Nichelle Nichols recently flew on board NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, the world's largest airborne... One year ago Nichelle Nichols flew to the stratosphere to highlight the research we're doing: http://go.nasa.gov/2bmYx6u #NASAbeyond
"03.09.2016 14:00:00" One year ago Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek flew to the stratosphere to highlight the important research NASA is doing to further humankind's exploration of the solar system and beyond: http://go.nasa.gov/2bmYhVm #NASAbeyond
"31.08.2016 14:02:58" Timeline Photos “Kitchen Smoke” Molecules in Nebula Offer Clues to the Building Blocks of Life: http://go.nasa.gov/2boprGr #NASAbeyond
"31.08.2016 14:01:08" Timeline Photos “Kitchen Smoke” Molecules in Nebula Offer Clues to the Building Blocks of Life: http://go.nasa.gov/2boprGr #NASAbeyond
"30.08.2016 14:00:00" Timeline Photos Today at 8:30: Engineering Advances Over the Last 20 Years, at the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics: http://go.nasa.gov/2bmfvMK
"29.08.2016 16:56:52" Don't miss our session tomorrow at the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics conference: http://go.nasa.gov/2bmfvMK
"27.08.2016 18:00:02" Timeline Photos This image of the central portion of galaxy M82 includes the position of Supernova 2014J. http://go.nasa.gov/1SxvVAw #NASAbeyond
"26.08.2016 18:25:57" We mapped Orion's Horsehead Nebula, which is a prime laboratory for studying star formation processes. More: http://go.nasa.gov/1RshWxx #NASAbeyond
"25.08.2016 17:49:00" Timeline Photos Observing on our predecessor, the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, compared to today. #NASAbeyond #Tbt
"24.08.2016 18:13:48" Timeline Photos The telescope's primary mirror is made of Zerodur, a glass-ceramic material with a zero thermal expansion. #NASAbeyond
"23.08.2016 23:48:51" Timeline Photos The primary mirror of our telescope has a honeycomb design under its aluminized surface, which reduces the weight by 80%! #NASAbeyond
"22.08.2016 16:40:49" Timeline Photos We fly above 99% of the water vapor in our atmosphere that blocks infrared radiation from reaching the ground. (image: STScI/JHU/NASA).
"19.08.2016 14:06:02" Timeline Photos Stop by our booth the NASA village at the Chicago Air and Water Show! Take infrared selfies and learn about our observations. #chiairandwater #nasabeyond
"19.08.2016 00:12:40" Timeline Photos We studied Jupiter on our very first observing flight back in 2010. http://go.nasa.gov/2bBi9At #NASAbeyond #tbt
"17.08.2016 17:50:23" Timeline Photos Come check out our exhibit in the NASA area at the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend. Take infrared selfies and more! #ChiAirandWater
"16.08.2016 17:24:32" Timeline Photos “Kitchen Smoke” Molecules in Nebula Offer Clues to the Building Blocks of Life: http://go.nasa.gov/2boprGr #NASAbeyond
"13.08.2016 21:46:39" Timeline Photos Learn about what we study from 40,000ft and higher: http://go.nasa.gov/gTrCw5 #NASAbeyond
"12.08.2016 22:58:31" Timeline Photos It takes our whole team to make our observing flights successful: ground crew, pilots, mission directors, scientists, instrument teams and more.
"10.08.2016 20:36:50" Timeline Photos Studying comet ISON while flying at 43,000 feet. http://go.nasa.gov/17VdbUB #NASAbeyond
"09.08.2016 19:10:45" Timeline Photos Our infrared instruments allow us to study how stars form by analyzing celestial molecules like ionized carbon and carbon monoxide. http://go.nasa.gov/1YFeK3G
"08.08.2016 19:26:58" We keep our infrared instruments super cold by filling them with liquid nitrogen and helium. #nasabeyond #boomerang
"07.08.2016 17:38:35" Timeline Photos Gluttonous Star May Hold Clues to Planet Formation http://go.nasa.gov/2aMhNVG #NASAbeyond
"05.08.2016 20:14:15" Timeline Photos Three SOFIA partners receive PhDs and enhance observatory's capabilities. http://go.nasa.gov/2aX7pPv
"04.08.2016 17:15:33" Timeline Photos Throwback Thursday to our departure from Christchurch International Airport. Photo: Waynne Williams.
"03.08.2016 14:00:01" Timeline Photos Two new NASA pilots train in flight simulator to prepare to fly to the stratosphere. Our flight crew are an integral part of the observing team, keeping us on track to observe the universe.The pilots and flight engineers who fly and operate our Boeing
"02.08.2016 16:22:07" Timeline Photos We use infrared radiation to study molecules in our solar system and beyond. http://go.nasa.gov/1t9dJ9I #NASAbeyond
"01.08.2016 19:48:24" Timeline Photos Celebrating 50 years of Airborne Astronomy: October 17-20. http://go.nasa.gov/2amSwlO
"01.08.2016 16:22:48" Studying the universe at infrared wavelengths reveals what cannot be seen with visible light. http://go.nasa.gov/1NkzaYb #NASAbeyond
"28.07.2016 15:23:55" Timeline Photos Locating water vapor in a young star: "These mid-infrared observations allow us to directly measure the amount of water vapor, expanding our understanding of the distribution of water in the universe and its eventual incorporation into planets."
"27.07.2016 16:19:46" Timeline Photos Every observing flight from Christchurch International Airport this year. The observing conditions were ideal and we're excited about the data we collected. http://go.nasa.gov/2a7mLx2
"26.07.2016 18:45:38" We're back at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center after six weeks observing the southern skies from Christchurch, New Zealand. http://go.nasa.gov/2a7mLx2 #NASAbeyond
"26.07.2016 13:57:14" Timeline Photos California, here we come!
"26.07.2016 06:40:42" Timeline Photos Next stop: Honolulu for a crew change and refueling.
"25.07.2016 23:00:11" Until next time, Christchurch! We're headed back to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. #NASAbeyond
"25.07.2016 20:17:20" Timeline Photos Last sunrise photo at Christchurch International Airport before we head back to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.
"23.07.2016 16:36:00" Timeline Photos Another view of the southern lights (Aurora Australis) as seen from 40,000 feet last week. #NASAbeyond Photo: Ola Thorsen, U.S. Dept. of State
"22.07.2016 15:34:14" Getting a 1278.6 lb (580 kg) science instrument ready for shipping back to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. #NASAbeyond
"21.07.2016 14:59:38" Christchurch International Airport It's almost time to farewell SOFIA from her home away from home. But before we do, we can give you a glimpse of those late night missions, thanks to our friends at NASA.
"20.07.2016 19:21:40" Timeline Photos During our last southern observing flight of this year we studied how massive stars form and how planets outside our solar system evolve. #NASAbeyond
"20.07.2016 15:34:13" Timeline Photos We've finished our observing flights from Christchurch International Airport for this year and are preparing to return to our home base at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. #NASAbeyond
"19.07.2016 16:33:59" One day at Christchurch International Airport in under 20 seconds.
"18.07.2016 21:05:25" Another productive night observing the solar system and beyond from 44,000 ft! We studied bright carbon stars in the Milky Way, the evolution of planets outside our solar system, and more. #NASAbeyond
"18.07.2016 17:54:59" Timeline Photos NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman flew to the stratosphere with us. Read all about her flight: http://go.nasa.gov/29IEpWZ #NASAbeyond Photo: Ola Thorsen, U.S. Dept. of State
"17.07.2016 17:34:14" Timeline Photos The southern lights (Aurora Australis) glowing in the distance as we flew south. We don't study aurorae, but we do enjoy the view! #NASAbeyond
"14.07.2016 19:30:00" Go on board the observatory and see how we chased down Pluto's shadow as it moved over the southern Pacific Ocean last year. #PlutoFlyBy #NASAbeyond
"14.07.2016 16:50:19" Last year we observed Pluto as it passed in front of a distant star, to study the dwarf planet's atmosphere. It was just two weeks before New Horizons arrived for the #PlutoFlyBy! Connecting our observations with those from New Horizons enhances the
"13.07.2016 16:35:27" Timeline Photos We spent another ten hours in the stratosphere studying a supernova, a comet, and a star-forming cluster! #NASAbeyond
"12.07.2016 20:00:00" Timeline Photos We share the National Science Foundations's U.S. Antarctic Program ramp with this C-17 that will deliver supplies to Antarctica today.
"12.07.2016 16:22:41" Last night we studied the evolution of exoplanets and how massive stars form as we flew near Antarctica! We also crossed the International Dateline twice. #TypicalTuesday #NASAbeyond
"11.07.2016 17:35:04" Timeline Photos Sunrise in Christchurch after a successful night in the stratosphere.
"07.07.2016 19:23:41" Timeline Photos Throwback Thursday: Rainbow in Christchurch, New Zealand during our first trip south in 2013.
"06.07.2016 17:41:09" Another successful flight over New Zealand full of great
observations! #NASAbeyond ✈️
"05.07.2016 16:09:37" Timeline Photos Visible and infrared images of #Jupiter.
"04.07.2016 15:24:23" Timeline Photos One of our first observations was #Jupiter and its moons. Heat can be seen pouring out of the planet's interior through holes in its clouds: http://go.nasa.gov/29qkccn #NASAbeyond
"30.06.2016 18:00:41" Telescope time-lapse. The telescope is designed so it stays still while the aircraft moves around it. #NASAbeyond
"29.06.2016 20:19:50" Timeline Photos We'll be taking over NASA's Snapchat today! Follow our story to see what it's like inside the observatory. #NASAbeyond
"28.06.2016 03:38:44" Timeline Photos We'll be tweeting during our observing flight over New Zealand tonight. Post questions in the comments here.
"27.06.2016 06:16:52" Filling our instrument with liquid nitrogen and helium keeps it super cold -close to absolute zero!❄️❄️ #nasabeyond
"25.06.2016 06:19:38" Discovery News Atomic Oxygen Found On Mars! What Does It Mean? We detected atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere.
"24.06.2016 04:30:00" Timeline Photos Sunset in Christchurch. Don't let the clear skies fool you, it is winter down here!
"23.06.2016 21:46:02" Timeline Photos If you're in Christchurch International Airport be sure to stop by our display to learn more about our mission. #NASAbeyond
"22.06.2016 20:00:40" We're live from our flying observatory's mission control center!
"21.06.2016 21:48:47" Timeline Photos Join us tomorrow for a live tour of the observatory! If you have questions, post them below and we'll choose some to answer live. #NASAbeyond
"21.06.2016 02:42:01" Timeline Photos Foggy rainbow leading to the telescope. #NASAbeyond
"20.06.2016 04:33:27" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Does this gluttonous star hold clues to planet formation? It's eaten the equivalent of 18 Jupiters in the last 80 years. See how infrared data helps us find out: http://go.nasa.gov/1UbhwjA Recent measurements taken from the stratosphere indicate that the total amount of energy coming out of this system decreased by about 13% since observations made 12 years ago.
"19.06.2016 03:01:38" Timeline Photos Infrared and visible views of the Butterfly Nebula, M2-9. The infrared image shows solids condensing in the gas. http://go.nasa.gov/1V6v6io #NASAbeyond
"17.06.2016 22:41:54" youtube.com A sneak peek inside NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA Christchurch Airport is proud to host NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, known as SOFIA, for two months' observations in the Southern H... See inside the observatory and learn about how we conduct observations from 40,000 feet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvC_4pJ78OE&list=PL_Aw-wk7sjRUBbcpk3HkMQq4geYkmfnpK&index=1
"16.06.2016 22:31:33" During our most recent observing flight over New Zealand we studied how stars form in other galaxies. #NASAbeyond
"15.06.2016 22:03:58" #AAS228, learn more about observing on SOFIA and submitting your proposal (due July 1) at our exhibit booth, number125!
"15.06.2016 04:38:54" Timeline Photos Sunset at Christchurch International Airport last night with the airport tower lit up in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Orlando. Photo by Matt Hayes
"15.06.2016 00:42:39" NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Gluttonous star may hold clues to planet formation. Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/1U78QWc #NASABeyond #AAS228 Scientists compared observations made this year from the stratosphere with archive data from Spitzer Space Telescope to study a star over time. They found that the star has eaten the equivalent of 18 Jupiters in the last 80 years. #NASAbeyond #AAS228
"14.06.2016 20:00:13" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Our flying observatory, SOFIA, is traveling to New Zealand to study stars and other objects that cannot be seen while flying in the Northern Hemisphere. Find out more: http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/145911930389/our-flying-observatory-goes-to-new-zealand Learn more about why we come to New Zealand once each year: http://go.nasa.gov/1UiiHuJ
"14.06.2016 02:42:10" Timeline Photos Sunrise at Christchurch International Airport.
"10.06.2016 23:00:00" Timeline Photos Lovely night in the stratosphere over New Zealand. The flight path is smiling
"10.06.2016 19:00:04" Timeline Photos New Zealand author and photographer Mark Gee was on hand to welcome us to Christchurch on June 7.
"09.06.2016 10:34:21" And we're off on our first southern observing flight of the year! We're studying the evolution of stars. http://go.nasa.gov/1X7ADeK #NASAbeyond
"08.06.2016 22:50:54" Timeline Photos We found water vapor in a young star in an unexpected location. “This detection of water vapor would have been impossible for any ground-based observatory, and there are currently no space-borne telescopes providing this capability,” said SOFIA project
"08.06.2016 00:00:55" Timeline Photos While we're in Christchurch, we use the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Antarctic Program's facilities.
"06.06.2016 20:26:10" Timeline Photos We landed in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday to study the southern skies! http://go.nasa.gov/1X7ADeK #NASAbeyond
"05.06.2016 23:56:45" Timeline Photos We've arrived at Christchurch International Airport!
"04.06.2016 21:27:35" Timeline Photos We're preparing to head south to study the southern skies! We're scheduled to arrive at Christchurch International Airport Monday, June 6 at approximately 11 a.m. (local time).
"03.06.2016 22:26:36" Timeline Photos NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) extended their agreement to continue observations until the end of 2020. http://go.nasa.gov/1RTl2rk
"02.06.2016 14:00:00" Timeline Photos #ThrowbackThursday: We were in the right place at the right time last year to study Pluto as it passed in front of a distant star. http://go.nasa.gov/1IoxBLo #NASAbeyond #PlutoFlyBy
"31.05.2016 14:22:20" Timeline Photos This infrared image of the constellation Orion offers a unique view of star formation. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/20kvenf #NASAbeyond
"30.05.2016 12:08:07" Timeline Photos Taking off from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center last week. #MemorialDay2016
"27.05.2016 21:50:34" Timeline Photos #FlashbackFriday: At Christchurch International Airport last year. We're gearing up to return for more Southern Hemisphere observing!
"26.05.2016 18:44:58" Last night was an outstanding night in the stratosphere. Our observations included studying the center of our galaxy. #NASAbeyond
"25.05.2016 19:58:03" Timeline Photos Visible and infrared images of the constellation Orion. The visible image shows clouds of dust & gas, but the infrared image shows stars forming inside these clouds. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/20kvenf #NASAbeyond
"25.05.2016 16:02:02" We spent last night at 40,000 feet analyzing how stars form. #NASAbeyond
"23.05.2016 17:03:37" Timeline Photos Good morning from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. #MondayMotivation
"20.05.2016 16:55:06" Timeline Photos Infrared & visible images of the dust around the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. In the visible image, dust hides features that are seen in the infrared image. http://go.nasa.gov/1TjP2DR #NASAbeyond
"19.05.2016 20:23:25" Timeline Photos Our predecessor the Kuiper Airborne Observatory studied the southern skies from New Zealand. We're preparing to return next month! #ThrowbackThursday
"18.05.2016 19:14:52" Timeline Photos Infrared & visual images of planetary nebula M2-9, known as the Butterfly Nebula. The visible image (right) shows mostly ionized gas in the lobes whereas the infrared image (left) shows mostly solid grains condensing in the gas.
"18.05.2016 06:04:17" Observing the universe from 41,885 feet. Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1sxbjmd #NASAbeyond
"16.05.2016 16:09:06" Timeline Photos The two 747s of NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in one photo: SOFIA and retired Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).
"14.05.2016 22:22:55" NASA Ames Research Center That last seven days have held big news for our big missions!
Did you catch the Kepler and K2 Missions and SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy stories?
NASA's Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered - Our Mars observations were part of am exciting week NASA Ames Research Center!
"13.05.2016 16:40:26" Timeline Photos Have you seen our infrared map of the Horsehead Nebula? It's made of 100 separate views of the nebula, each mapping carbon atoms at different velocities. When combined, these different views create a multi-faceted representation of the nebula.
"12.05.2016 17:18:45" Timeline Photos Infrared view of a star-forming region in the constellation Perseus. The inset image highlights the image of the W3A star cluster captured by our FORCAST camera. The arrow indicates a bubble cleared in the nebula by wind and radiation from the most
"11.05.2016 15:39:46" Ground testing with the newly installed instrument before flight. #NASAbeyond
"10.05.2016 17:15:58" Using our airborne location and powerful instruments we study stars, planets, supernova and more- without ever leaving Earth. http://go.nasa.gov/gTrCw5 #NASAbeyond
"09.05.2016 19:10:08" Timeline Photos Instrument swap! We removed the infrared camera that we flew with last week and installed another instrument. It's the same instrument that we used to detect atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere. http://go.nasa.gov/1Ohdtuk #NASAbeyond
"08.05.2016 19:42:14" Submit your proposal to study the universe from 40,000 feet. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1r5FRKt #NASAbeyond
"06.05.2016 20:38:19" Photos from SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy's post We detected atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere! This is the first detection since the Viking and Mariner missions of the 1970s. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1Ohdtuk #NASAbeyond
"05.05.2016 16:59:30" Timeline Photos Last night was another lovely night in the stratosphere with our newest infrared camera. http://go.nasa.gov/1qTTVGQ #NASAbeyond
"04.05.2016 16:11:24" Timeline Photos Infrared glow: Quintuplet Cluster's bright stars inside clouds of dust http://go.nasa.gov/1NjVUic #MayThe4thBeWithYou
"03.05.2016 19:32:53" We're now accepting proposals for observing flights in 2017. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1r5FRKt #NASAbeyond
"01.05.2016 15:00:00" Timeline Photos This stellar nursery is at least 1 million years old yet is still making sun-like stars. http://go.nasa.gov/1VXLCXt #NASAbeyond
"30.04.2016 15:45:50" Timeline Photos We're now accepting proposals to study the universe from 40,000! Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1r5FRKt #NASAbeyond
"29.04.2016 16:30:35" Timeline Photos Inside the cockpit while observing from 40,000 feet.
"28.04.2016 17:08:32" The missing link between supernovae and planet formation: surviving dust. http://go.nasa.gov/1NwVBKl #NASAbeyond #TBT
"28.04.2016 04:08:20" Timeline Photos We're flying with our newest instrument, an infrared camera! Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1WTGH9H #NASAbeyond
"27.04.2016 15:26:19" Timeline Photos We've added a one-of-a-kind camera! It's the only currently operating astronomical camera that makes images using far-infrared light, allowing studies of low-temperature early stages of star and planet formation http://go.nasa.gov/1qTTVGQ #NASAbeyond
"26.04.2016 15:01:39" Timeline Photos We can study supernova to measure the expansion of the universe http://go.nasa.gov/1SxvVAw #NASAbeyond
"25.04.2016 21:29:46" SETI Institute #SETITalks - The SOFIA Observatory: Revealing the Hidden Universe with Airborne Science
Speaker: Pamela Marcum, NASA Ames Research Center
Title: Star Formation In All the Wrong Places, and Other Astronomical Puzzles, Revealed By NASA's SOFIA Learn how airborne astronomy reveals the hidden universe at this free event, Tuesday at noon!
"25.04.2016 14:00:00" Timeline Photos Observations reveal how stars that are more massive than the sun form. http://go.nasa.gov/1r4R7Hp #NASAbeyond
"23.04.2016 15:00:00" Timeline Photos Studying how materials from dying stars are recycled into new stars & planets. http://go.nasa.gov/1r4Xqe1 #NASAbeyond
"22.04.2016 16:02:06" Timeline Photos Orion and Earth, as seen from 40,000 feet.
"20.04.2016 15:30:44" Timeline Photos Ground testing prepares us for flight.
"19.04.2016 16:17:22" Timeline Photos We can study how stars form by analyzing celestial molecules like ionized carbon and carbon monoxide. http://go.nasa.gov/1YFeK3G
"18.04.2016 15:37:36" Timeline Photos We're a partnership between NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the German Aerospace Center, DLR.
"17.04.2016 19:36:48" Timeline Photos Our ground crew are part of the wonderful team that make our observing flights possible!
"15.04.2016 14:30:47" Timeline Photos When we're not studying the universe, we're inside this hangar at Armstrong Flight Research Center. We have company!
"14.04.2016 16:51:30" Timeline Photos Peering into the heart of Orion from 40,000 feet. http://go.nasa.gov/1V4f91M #NASAbeyond
"13.04.2016 14:42:29" Timeline Photos Telescope on a plane: Eight things to know http://go.nasa.gov/1Mu5JK3 #NASAbeyond
"11.04.2016 16:01:30" Timeline Photos NASA's observatories study all kinds of light in the electromagnetic spectrum. We study infrared light! #NASAbeyond
"08.04.2016 15:26:01" Each new direction of a flight means we're studying a new object. These paths are carefully planned!
"07.04.2016 17:10:49" Timeline Photos Researchers aboard our predecessor, the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, studying Jupiter in 1974. #throwbackThursday
"06.04.2016 15:20:22" We fly above 99% of the atmosphere's water vapor, which blocks infrared light from the ground. http://go.nasa.gov/1NkzaYb
"05.04.2016 16:32:04" Timeline Photos If you missed hanging out with our scientists watch it now (see inside a lab)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X_DRZh0IsI
"04.04.2016 20:41:10" Timeline Photos Check out our updated Science Center website! https://www.sofia.usra.edu/
"01.04.2016 14:00:09" Timeline Photos Understanding the composition of Comet ISON. http://go.nasa.gov/1MFRGLX #NASAbeyond #FridayFeeling
"31.03.2016 14:00:01" Timeline Photos Southern hemisphere observing history: The Kuiper Airborne Observatory in Samoa, 1978, & SOFIA in New Zealand, 2013. We'll be back in New Zealand later this year. #TBT
"30.03.2016 14:00:00" Timeline Photos We can fly with telescope door open because ramps direct air up and over the telescope http://go.nasa.gov/1NkzaYb
"29.03.2016 14:00:05" Timeline Photos What it's like inside a flying observatory http://go.nasa.gov/1NkzaYb #NASAbeyond
"27.03.2016 15:00:00" Timeline Photos Our team from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center had a great time sharing our mission with the Los Angeles County Air Show last weekend!
"25.03.2016 21:24:12" Horsehead Nebula animation Check our new map of Orion’s Horsehead Nebula! http://go.nasa.gov/1RshWxx #NASAbeyond
"25.03.2016 15:23:26" Hangout with some of our scientists and ask them questions today at noon PDT on Universe Today's Weekly Space Hangout! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X_DRZh0IsI
"24.03.2016 20:30:31" Last night we studied how stars form, and water vapor and methane on Mars from 40,0000 ft! #NASAbeyond #JourneytoMars
"24.03.2016 15:28:58" Last night's observations included studying methane on Mars! http://go.nasa.gov/1UOvrtK #NASAbeyond #JourneyToMars
"23.03.2016 15:18:43" Timeline Photos Leaving the hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.
"21.03.2016 23:23:18" Timeline Photos Learn more about what we study: http://go.nasa.gov/gTrCw5 #NASAbeyond
"18.03.2016 16:12:02" Timeline Photos Dust surrounding the black hole at the center of the Milky Way http://go.nasa.gov/1IRVyHU #NASAbeyond
"17.03.2016 15:51:07" NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center Happy #StPatricksDay! To celebrate, here is a photo of a vibrant rainbow over our flying observatory, SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2013. Pot of gold at then end of the rainbow? We'll take a 2.5-meter telescope! #StPatricksDay
"15.03.2016 16:15:05" Timeline Photos We changed instruments, so we spent the night doing ground tests to get ready for flight!
"14.03.2016 16:08:37" Timeline Photos Pi r squared, but our telescope is round . #PiDay
"11.03.2016 16:46:35" Timeline Photos Using infrared images to understand Jupiter's atmosphere. http://go.nasa.gov/1YGyaWx #FridayFeeling
"10.03.2016 20:52:36" Timeline Photos The evolution of airborne astronomy: 1966 Lear Jet Observatory; 1974 Kuiper Airborne Observatory; 2010 SOFIA. #tbt
"09.03.2016 16:27:49" Last night's observations included studying the ice on Mars!
"08.03.2016 21:13:53" Timeline Photos New results: Star eruptions create elements that can form rocky planets, much like Earth. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/220puwh
"08.03.2016 17:42:52" Find out why we study the universe using infrared light, from our Project Scientist Dr. Pamela Marcum. http://go.nasa.gov/1pvOVI2 #InternationalWomensDay
"07.03.2016 23:19:13" Timeline Photos Just a few dials and buttons at the flight engineer's station.
"06.03.2016 19:30:30" Timeline Photos Meet the next group of educators selected to fly on SOFIA and inspire their students. http://go.nasa.gov/1Rum2Ta
"04.03.2016 16:43:52" Timeline Photos Busy night last night. See where we flew while observing the cosmos. http://go.nasa.gov/1Qy4XYv
"03.03.2016 21:45:30" Timeline Photos Taking off from Hamburg in 2014. #ThrowbackThursday
"02.03.2016 22:20:40" Timeline Photos Our newest instrument is filled with liquid Helium. It's so cold it makes clouds in the lab.
"01.03.2016 06:04:54" Timeline Photos Exploring the universe from 39,000 feet. Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1QoUrGx #NASA747
"29.02.2016 16:54:29" Timeline Photos It's #leapday all over the world, so here are four photos of SOFIA throughout the world. Christchurch, Stuttgart, Palmdale, and Hamburg.
"27.02.2016 22:02:35" Timeline Photos Our latest instrument arrived NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center yesterday! It's a high-resolution camera that takes images of polarized and unpolarized light.
"27.02.2016 05:23:32" Timeline Photos We're flying tonight! Observation plans include Saturn's moon Titian. Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1R97zMg #NASA747
"26.02.2016 17:43:11" See what teachers experience on board, and hear how they'll integrate the experience in their classrooms. http://go.nasa.gov/1Q8nJru
"25.02.2016 16:00:43" Timeline Photos Sunset from the Stratosphere.
"24.02.2016 15:59:35" Timeline Photos Ground testing and instrument calibration- ready for flight! #NASA747
"23.02.2016 18:23:14" How we install instruments on the telescope- in six seconds.
"22.02.2016 17:03:32" Timeline Photos Next instrument up: a spectrometer called FIFI-LS. It breaks up light, to study the area between stars, where material from old stars gets recycled into new stars. http://go.nasa.gov/1oXV3bH
"19.02.2016 22:31:04" Timeline Photos We've kicked off another year of observing! Learn more about we'll be up to at 40,000 ft: http://go.nasa.gov/1VtbK9q
"19.02.2016 16:35:20" Science News Magazine A nerve-wracking path correction put a 747 on course to measure Pluto’s skies. How 120 seconds in Pluto's shadow revealed its secrets.
"18.02.2016 18:00:00" Timeline Photos We were so far north last night that our team got some beautiful views of aurora! http://go.nasa.gov/1QkORka #NASA747
"18.02.2016 15:58:52" Timeline Photos We flew north last night, studying interstellar dust to uncover clues about how the universe evolved. #NASA747
"17.02.2016 16:52:40" Our flight planners determine where SOFIA will fly so we can study all the objects on the agenda for that night. Something the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors onboard learn about first-hand.
"17.02.2016 05:45:29" Tonight our flight will include studying a supernova! Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1QkORka
"14.02.2016 16:53:43" Timeline Photos Our Valentine. Admiring from afar, in Christchurch, New Zealand last year.
"12.02.2016 16:41:06" Timeline Photos SOFIA and the moon #FridayFeeling #NASA747
"11.02.2016 20:00:43" Timeline Photos Some of the women who make astronomy from 40,000 feet possible #WomenInSTEM
"11.02.2016 16:18:55" Timeline Photos Our pilots keep us on course all night so the telescope stays fixed on its target. See where we flew last night: http://go.nasa.gov/1Q9Ba7x
"10.02.2016 15:55:07" Time lapse of our telescope during flight. It stays completely stable while the plane moves around it!
"09.02.2016 17:56:55" Timeline Photos We flew west last night, studying the composition of comets- which can help us understand how the solar system formed. #NASAbeyond
"09.02.2016 02:37:17" And we're off for another night of astronomy from 40,000 ft and higher! Flight tracking: http://go.nasa.gov/1T1MFmF
"08.02.2016 16:26:49" Timeline Photos Leaving the hangar. #MotivationMonday
"05.02.2016 16:50:16" Timeline Photos We're back on the ground after a night of successful observations. #FridayFeeling
"04.02.2016 15:52:18" Timeline Photos Coming back to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center after observing the universe from 40,000 feet all night. http://go.nasa.gov/1PCMdKD #NASA747
"03.02.2016 16:08:47" Before takeoff we prepare the aircraft & the team meets to discuss the observations planned for that night.
"02.02.2016 23:08:30" Timeline Photos No shadow here either. #GroundhogDay
"02.02.2016 20:26:46" Our science instruments are very large and powerful, so we use really big tools to attach them to the telescope. Install is complete!
"01.02.2016 22:08:29" Timeline Photos The constellation Orion in three different wavelengths. With visible light we can see clouds of dust & gas, but with infrared we can see the stars forming inside these clouds. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/20kvenf
"01.02.2016 16:34:23" We just installed one of our infrared cameras. Using a variety of instruments helps us study different types of infrared light. http://go.nasa.gov/1NkzaYb
"29.01.2016 18:00:15" Timeline Photos Good morning, engine number one. #FridayFeeling
"29.01.2016 16:23:32" Timeline Photos Infrared light lets astronomers see through the clouds around newly made stars to learn more about how they form. http://go.nasa.gov/1UviC5v
"28.01.2016 16:28:27" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Today, we pause to remember the men and women who lost their lives in the quest for space exploration, including the crews of Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia: http://go.nasa.gov/1QExdMW
"27.01.2016 21:45:39" Timeline Photos How we keep an airborne telescope steady while flying at 40,000 feet. http://go.nasa.gov/1VsBFhh #NASAbeyond
"27.01.2016 18:11:33" Timeline Photos Our flying observatory by the numbers: length: 185 ft; flight speed: Mach 0.85; range: 6,625 nautical miles; telescope: 2.5 meters.
"26.01.2016 18:35:33" Airborne observatories like SOFIA fly above the water vapor that blocks infrared light from reaching even the highest ground-based telescopes. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1NkzaYb
"25.01.2016 17:30:21" German teachers inspire students with trip to the stratosphere. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1Eklvxw
"22.01.2016 19:44:45" A group of researchers showcased a variety of observations made from 40,000 feet. http://go.nasa.gov/1Kv0TWh
"21.01.2016 19:30:34" Timeline Photos NASA's flying observatories then and now: The Kuiper Airborne Observatory flew with a 36 inch telescope from 1975-1995. Today we fly with a 100 inch (2.5 meter) telescope. http://go.nasa.gov/1NkzaYb #TBT
"20.01.2016 19:16:23" We use infrared light to study how stars form in regions that can't be seen with visible light http://go.nasa.gov/1NkzaYb
"19.01.2016 16:54:22" SOFIA can observe stars and other objects with great accuracy- even while flying at more than 500 mph. #NASA747
"18.01.2016 17:19:07" Timeline Photos Actress and cultural icon Nichelle Nichols flew on SOFIA last year, continuing recruit underserved populations to jobs at NASA. She told us how she was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. http://go.nasa.gov/1P3vNc6 #MLKDay
"17.01.2016 18:43:15" Timeline Photos SOFIA observed the brightest and closest Type Ia supernova we've seen in the last 40 years. http://go.nasa.gov/1gN4eBq #NASAbeyond
"15.01.2016 18:06:33" SOFIA flies above 99% of the water vapor that blocks infrared light from reaching the ground. #NASAbeyond
"14.01.2016 23:22:05" Space.com In which a team of airborne scientists learns how to catch a shadow... #TBT When SOFIA chased down Pluto's shadow. #NASA747
"14.01.2016 19:10:37" NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center #OTD Jan. 13, 2008: NASA's flying observatory, SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, makes a low pass over NASA Ames Research Center in California prior to landing at Moffett Federal Airfield for a brief visit. In 2008 SOFIA visited NASA Ames. #ThrowbackThursday
"13.01.2016 17:24:45" One advantage of having an observatory on an aircraft instead of in space: more powerful instruments that can be repaired and upgraded. We're currently selecting our next instrument.
"12.01.2016 16:44:44" Timeline Photos Take a walking tour inside a SOFIA flight with BBC Four: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037rp7q
"11.01.2016 18:57:47" The stars look very different today. SOFIA observations of Betelgeuse challenge theoretical models. http://go.nasa.gov/1TLDtBe #NASAbeyond
"09.01.2016 16:19:56" Timeline Photos SOFIA observations reveal that Betelgeuse is too cool for current models to explain its changes over time. More in Nature News and Comment: http://go.nasa.gov/1TLDtBe
"08.01.2016 20:28:16" Timeline Photos Inside SOFIA's telescope cavity. All three mirrors can be seen at once! #FridayFeeling
"07.01.2016 18:21:32" A session all about SOFIA's findings starts in less than one hour! See you in Osceola A at 2 pm. #AAS227
"07.01.2016 15:08:36" Timeline Photos Galaxies, Novae, Pluto and more: today is SOFIA's Special Session at #AAS227!
"06.01.2016 18:01:50" Timeline Photos The race is on to see which proposed new instrument will be selected for SOFIA. http://go.nasa.gov/1SA7TrN #AAS227
"06.01.2016 01:24:29" Go inside a SOFIA flight- in only 15 minutes- at the NASA Hyperwall tomorrow at 5:30 pm. #AAS227
"04.01.2016 13:43:22" Don't miss the SOFIA presentations and posters at #AAS227. And stop by exhibit booth 405!
"01.01.2016 23:37:11" Timeline Photos This year will be full of exciting observations! http://go.nasa.gov/1Netr6V #HappyNewYear
"31.12.2015 23:08:46" Timeline Photos All of SOFIA's 2015 flights in one image. #HappyNewYear
"30.12.2015 20:34:51" Another highlight of 2015: flying more than 30 educators as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. They are bringing SOFIA science to their classrooms and communities. http://go.nasa.gov/1YLQuBm
"29.12.2015 16:18:43" SOFIA spent five weeks flying from Christchurch, New Zealand to study objects that are more easily observed from the Southern Hemisphere. We're looking forward to returning in 2016! http://go.nasa.gov/1YLQuBm
"28.12.2015 15:09:12" 2015 brought SOFIA's first exoplanet observations. These results indicate that SOFIA can can measure the sizes of transiting giant planets with remarkable accuracy. http://go.nasa.gov/1gMepMY
"27.12.2015 22:49:33" We're counting down to the new year with highlights from 2015. First up: SOFIA Finds Clues to How Earth Got Its Water
"25.12.2015 15:15:22" Timeline Photos Wishing you a merry and bright holiday season. #MerryChristmas #Santa #FullMoon
"24.12.2015 17:43:29" Timeline Photos And all through the hangar not a creature was stirring, not even SOFIA.
"22.12.2015 17:42:53" Timeline Photos SOFIA's view of Comet ISON. http://go.nasa.gov/1Yz6amf #NASAbeyond
"21.12.2015 16:08:22" SOFIA's telescope can move between 20-60 degrees above the horizon. Horizontal movements come from turning the aircraft. #NASAbeyond
"18.12.2015 23:39:33" Timeline Photos Results from SOFIA's Pluto occultation observations will be presented at 5:24 in Mascone West 2007! #AGU15 https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/82031
"17.12.2015 19:59:59" Results from SOFIA's Pluto occultation observation will be presented tomorrow at #AGU15! https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/82031
"17.12.2015 17:15:09" Timeline Photos Today in 1903 the Wright Brothers made their historic flight of 120 feet- that's shorter than SOFIA! Thanks NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration for all the innovations since! #NASA747
"16.12.2015 16:22:48" Timeline Photos Last night's observations included studying the hydrogen peroxide and water cycle on Mars. #NASAbeyond
"15.12.2015 16:12:54" Astronomy at 43,000 feet in action. GREAT observing last night! #NASAbeyond
"14.12.2015 16:26:00" Timeline Photos SOFIA and the California sun at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center #MondayMotivation
"11.12.2015 17:03:14" Timeline Photos We spent last night exploring the universe from 40,000 ft- flying over the Southern U.S. #NASAbeyond
"10.12.2015 19:30:25" #ThrowbackThursday: When SOFIA discovered that supernovae can produce a substantial amount of the material from which planets like Earth can form. See the dust? #NASAbeyond http://go.nasa.gov/1Kuju6l
"09.12.2015 17:40:07" Last night SOFIA studied interstellar gas to learn more about how stars form. http://go.nasa.gov/1PZQJnV #NASAbeyond
"08.12.2015 16:20:00" Timeline Photos SOFIA's view of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way #NASA747 http://go.nasa.gov/1IRVyHU
"07.12.2015 16:42:18" Timeline Photos Ready for a week full of GREAT astronomy. #NASA747
"05.12.2015 19:39:24" Timeline Photos Sunset from the stratosphere #NASA747
"05.12.2015 03:36:48" Timeline Photos Off for a night of GREAT observing! http://go.nasa.gov/1NwXuXr
"04.12.2015 19:51:07" Want to track SOFIA's flights? Use NASA's Airborne Science Tracker: http://go.nasa.gov/1NwXuXr
"03.12.2015 23:09:38" Timeline Photos #ThrowbackThursday In the 1960's NASA flew the Learjet Observatory that had a 12-inch removable telescope.
"02.12.2015 16:26:51" SOFIA's telescope moves during ground tests as we prepare for flight. #NASA747
"01.12.2015 18:35:56" SOFIA leaving the hangar #NASA747
"30.11.2015 18:47:06" Timeline Photos Gone are the days of refilling our GREAT instrument with liquid nitrogen and helium (top). Now it uses a closed cooling system- like a refrigerator, but much, much colder (bottom).
"29.11.2015 17:22:45" Timeline Photos SOFIA studies astrochemistry: detecting new molecules in the interstellar medium http://go.nasa.gov/1t9dJ9I #NASA747
"26.11.2015 15:00:01" We're thankful for our wonderful team, beautiful views, and truly stellar observations. #HappyThanksgiving
"25.11.2015 21:38:39" Timeline Photos Looking up at SOFIA.
"24.11.2015 15:00:02" Timeline Photos The GREAT spectrometer is installed. It works like a very high
frequency radio receiver, detecting light waves not light particles.
"23.11.2015 18:06:06" We're switching instruments today! See how we change them.
"22.11.2015 18:21:50" Timeline Photos Remembering the views as we observed the skies over New Zealand. #Throwback
"20.11.2015 16:42:37" Timeline Photos Four educators from Germany flew on SOFIA last night as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. They'll bring SOFIA science to their students.
"20.11.2015 05:46:20" Timeline Photos Studying galactic carbon stars, surface composition of asteroids, magnetic activity in protostars from 42,500 feet http://go.nasa.gov/1H5H1g3 #NASA747
"19.11.2015 16:19:26" We spent the night studying evolution of preplanetary matter & water in the asteroid belt #NASA747
"18.11.2015 18:46:58" Timeline Photos SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP (Special Performance), shorter than other 747 models like the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). A shorter aircraft means a longer flight range. #NASA747
"17.11.2015 19:37:51" Timeline Photos Inside SOFIA's telescope cavity there are three mirrors (seen here with the cavity door closed). #NASA747
"16.11.2015 17:32:52" Timeline Photos Getting ready to start the week #MondayMotivation
"13.11.2015 16:39:27" Timeline Photos SOFIA's primary mirror is made of a glass-ceramic material with a zero thermal expansion, called Zerodur. #NASA747
"13.11.2015 07:08:42" Timeline Photos Observing from over 43,000 feet! http://go.nasa.gov/1H5H1g3 #NASA747
"12.11.2015 16:37:10" This vintage video shows SOFIA's predecessor, the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, a converted C-141 with a 36-inch telescope. #ThrowbackThursday
"11.11.2015 18:05:51" Timeline Photos Today we salute the Americans who have served in the military, including many of SOFIA's pilots. #VeteransDay
"09.11.2015 21:43:03" Presentations about SOFIA's #Pluto occultation observations are happening now at #DPS15!
"09.11.2015 17:09:49" Timeline Photos Sunset outside SOFIA's hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center
"07.11.2015 20:17:01" Timeline Photos Come explore the infrared universe with one of SOFIA's instrument teams at UCLA's "Exploring Your Universe" open house tomorrow (it's free)! http://eyu.astro.ucla.edu/
"07.11.2015 16:24:50" Once SOFIA reaches cruising altitude, the telescope cavity door opens #NASA747
"06.11.2015 23:04:03" Timeline Photos Come visit the SOFIA exhibit at UCLA's "Exploring your Universe" event Sunday (it's free)! http://eyu.astro.ucla.edu/
"06.11.2015 15:00:01" Timeline Photos The San Francisco Bay as seen from SOFIA #latergram
"06.11.2015 08:02:45" Timeline Photos Studying stellar evolution while flying at 44,000 feet! #NASA747 #NASAbeyond http://go.nasa.gov/1H5H1g3
"05.11.2015 20:00:00" Timeline Photos Our flight crew keep us on tracking for precise observations at 43,000 feet! #NASA747
"05.11.2015 17:11:37" A lovely night observing the universe from the stratosphere (we flew over the #SFBayArea twice)! #NASA747
"05.11.2015 01:17:46" Timeline Photos And we're off for another night of observing! http://go.nasa.gov/1H5H1g3 #NASA747
"04.11.2015 19:16:46" Timeline Photos Next year SOFIA will study water on Mars, star formation processes, and will search for signs of planet formation around stars. More: http://go.nasa.gov/1Netr6V #NASA747 #NASAbeyond ✈️
"04.11.2015 04:00:46" Timeline Photos Observing protostars and giant molecular clouds from 40,000 feet! Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1H5H1g3
"03.11.2015 20:03:18" Timeline Photos Inside the cargo hold of SOFIA: oil and power supplies for the telescope #NASA747
"02.11.2015 22:11:25" Timeline Photos Educators reach new heights on SOFIA: Bring science to their students http://go.nasa.gov/1NNjOPl #NASA747
"02.11.2015 17:52:33" Photos from SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy's post Instrument swap! The spectrometer called FIFI-LS was removed & the infrared camera called FORCAST installed! #NASA747
"01.11.2015 05:49:06" Timeline Photos Happy Halloween!
"30.10.2015 19:56:40" Timeline Photos A SOFIA o'lantern! #HappyHalloween
"30.10.2015 17:34:55" Timeline Photos When Pluto passed in front of a star, it cast a shadow on Earth. SOFIA flew in that shadow to study #Pluto’s atmosphere in 2011 and in June of this year. http://go.nasa.gov/1IoxBLo #FBF
"29.10.2015 18:58:49" Timeline Photos SOFIA's original 1970's seating and the current, modern seats #ThrowbackThursday
"29.10.2015 04:46:24" Timeline Photos Off for astronomy at 39,000 ft above sea level.Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7 #nasa747 #nasabeyond
"28.10.2015 21:31:37" Timeline Photos Inside SOFIA's Mirror Coating Facility at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center where our telescope's mirror gets its shiny aluminum coating.
"28.10.2015 17:22:08" We spent last night studying star formation and the interstellar medium #NASA747 #NASAbeyond
"28.10.2015 06:02:59" Timeline Photos A lovely night for observing the solar system and beyond. Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7 #nasa747 #nasabeyond
"27.10.2015 05:11:22" Timeline Photos We're studying interstellar ice, & star formation. Currently observing three young protostars detected first by Herschel Space Observatory
"26.10.2015 19:25:28" NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center Follow along as educators from Georgia and New Mexico fly on board SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy and watch science operations first hand. The educators were able to see a number of ways to present their NASA experience that w Watch a group of educators experience SOFIA science first hand.
"26.10.2015 15:54:12" Mobile Uploads Four planets in one photo (taken from SOFIA's window). Can you spot them?
"25.10.2015 15:00:01" A starry night as seen from the stratosphere #NASA747
"24.10.2015 15:00:02" Timeline Photos The Bay Bridge as seen from SOFIA #latergram
"23.10.2015 19:41:58" Representative Steve Knight Thank you to Kathleen & Mark Fredette for stopping by my office this afternoon to chat before your capital tour. It is always nice to see a friendly face from the Antelope Valley! Enjoy your time in Washington, D.C. SOFIA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Kathleen Fredette with Representative Steve Knight today in Washington, D.C. where she will receive an award tonight from Women in Aerospace.
"23.10.2015 16:12:07" Landing SOFIA at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center #NASA747 #TimeLapse
"23.10.2015 07:16:49" Mobile Uploads 42,000 feet and feeling fine! Follow our observing: http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7 #nasa747 #nasabeyond
"22.10.2015 21:54:56" There were many turns to complete last night's observations- including a look Mars! #NASAbeyond
"22.10.2015 16:17:59" Timeline Photos Last night we observed a supernova remnant, protostar, and the Martian polar ice caps. #NASA747 #NASAbeyond
"22.10.2015 04:37:06" Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads. Follow us: http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7 #BackToTheFuture #NASA747
"21.10.2015 17:09:42" Timeline Photos 1.21 gigawatts can thrust you into the future, but we prefer a 2.5 meter infrared telescope to see into the past #BackToTheFuture
"21.10.2015 14:00:58" Timeline Photos Great Scott! No flux capacitor here inside SOFIA's cockpit. #BackToTheFutureDay
"21.10.2015 05:28:02" Mobile Uploads Observing the universe from the stratosphere http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7
"20.10.2015 16:10:43" Mobile Uploads SOFIA flies above 99% of the water vapor in Earth's atmosphere that blocks infrared light from reaching the ground
"19.10.2015 18:36:24" SOFIA is part of NASA's fleet of planet hunters: http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/131493842134/nasas-fleet-of-planet-hunters-and-world-explorers
"19.10.2015 16:28:01" Mobile Uploads Our instrument called FIFI-LS is cooled with liquid nitrogen- and has a little dog mascot too! #NASA747
"16.10.2015 14:00:00" Cockpit #TimeLapse #NASA747
"16.10.2015 00:19:27" Timeline Photos SOFIA's first observations (from 2010) #ThrowbackThursday https://www.sofia.usra.edu/News/news_2010/05_27_10/index.html
"15.10.2015 05:12:40" Timeline Photos Follow us all night: http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7 #NASA747
"14.10.2015 18:52:46" Timeline Photos The raised area around the telescope cavity directs air away, keeping the telescope & aircraft stable during flight. #NASA747 #HumpDay
"14.10.2015 05:28:10" Timeline Photos Working hard at 43,000 ft! Follow us: http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7 #NASA747
"13.10.2015 16:01:04" Timeline Photos Good morning, SOFIA #NASA747
"12.10.2015 19:16:29" Timeline Photos Ground testing to calibrate our instruments and prepare for flight. #NASA747
"10.10.2015 14:00:00" Timeline Photos SOFIA will have an exhibit at the Chabot Space & Science Center today. Stop by for infrared selfies!
"09.10.2015 19:33:30" Timeline Photos Some science for your Friday: SOFIA detects water around protostar https://www.sofia.usra.edu/Gallery/science/SCI2015_0005.html #SciFri #NASA747
"08.10.2015 16:55:21" Timeline Photos Scientists on board SOFIA's predecessor, the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, in 1979 #ThrowbackThursday
"07.10.2015 15:50:20" Timeline Photos Today we'll be with Nichelle Nichols answering your questions about SOFIA on reddit at 11 PDT #AMA #NASA747 https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3nv64y/iam_nichelle_nichols_star_treks_uhura_who_last/
"05.10.2015 20:04:54" During flight it looks like the telescope is moving, but it's really the plane moving around the telescope, while the telescope is stable. #NASA747 #TimeLapse
"02.10.2015 22:05:23" Timeline Photos Sunset from the stratosphere #NASA747
"02.10.2015 05:03:41" Timeline Photos At 40,000 ft for some astronomical observing: Follow us all night: http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7 #NASA747
"01.10.2015 04:24:43" Timeline Photos SOFIA is observing interstellar dust & asteroids to study the chemistry of the universe. Follow us: http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7 #NASA747
"30.09.2015 18:39:09" Timeline Photos “Being on the flight with Nichelle Nichols was an incredible capstone to my participation in scientific discovery on SOFIA,” SOFIA AAA Educator. http://go.nasa.gov/1VnnFK1 #NASA747
"29.09.2015 22:44:23" Mobile Uploads Runway shadow #NASA747
"29.09.2015 16:43:37" See where our observations took us last night. From Canada to the coast of California we observed an exoplanet. #NASA747
"29.09.2015 05:32:25" Timeline Photos We’re studying a Uranus-sized exoplanet to learn about its atmosphere, & how dust evolves in the interstellar medium! Follow us http://go.nasa.gov/1FDRAq7 #NASA747
"28.09.2015 22:00:00" Many observatories use spectra, including SOFIA and the #Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, in their observations. Learn how spectra provide so much information: http://go.nasa.gov/1FDTK8W #MarsAnnouncement
"28.09.2015 21:04:57" Timeline Photos SOFIA is working with SETI Institute to manage the Airborne Astronomy Ambassador professional development program #NASA #STEM http://go.nasa.gov/1KHkQZU
"27.09.2015 19:00:01" Timeline Photos Ready for tonight's #SuperBloodMoon eclipse? Here's SOFIA & the blood moon during the April 2014 eclipse #latergram #NASA747
"26.09.2015 18:25:36" Timeline Photos SOFIA & moon in New Zealand. The Southern Hemisphere sky is different- even the moon is "upside down" #SuperBloodMoon More info: http://go.nasa.gov/1LDmHmJ
"25.09.2015 19:57:32" Timeline Photos SOFIA and a full moon in 2010 at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. Tips for taking #SuperBloodMoon photos (and a chance for your photo to be featured on NASA's Facebook page): http://go.nasa.gov/1QZPjXs
"25.09.2015 17:43:59" Timeline Photos This is how we fit a 2.5 meter telescope, science instrument, and 26 team members on a flying observatory #NASA747
"24.09.2015 17:02:11" Educators in the stratosphere, then and now #ThrowbackThursday
"23.09.2015 18:10:38" Instrument swap: the infrared camera called FLITECAM is cold & ready to go on SOFIA- see the gas clouds? #nasa747
"23.09.2015 15:36:43" Watch the Aurora Borealis, aka the northern lights, dance from 40,000 ft #NASA747
"22.09.2015 16:00:01" Timeline Photos Sometimes, when our observations take us over Northern Canada, we can see the Aurora Borealis, aka the northern lights, through the windows
"22.09.2015 15:02:13" Watch last night's 10 hour observing flight path in 5 seconds #NASA747
"20.09.2015 16:26:13" Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Jeff Killebrew and Nichelle Nichols encouraging students from 40,000 ft. #NASA747 #STEM
"19.09.2015 16:07:54" On board SOFIA Nichelle Nichols highlights the important research NASA is doing to further humankind's exploration of the solar system and beyond #NASAbeyond
"18.09.2015 21:57:27" Timeline Photos SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors & Nichelle Nichols experiencing SOFIA science first hand to inspire students to pursue STEM careers! #NASA747
"18.09.2015 03:19:05" Timeline Photos Astronomy from 39,000 ft. Follow our flight http://go.nasa.gov/1iN9eNM #NASA747
"17.09.2015 17:01:38" Another successful night observing the universe from the stratosphere! #NASA747
"16.09.2015 15:00:00" Timeline Photos See where we flew last night with Nichelle Nichols #NASA747
"16.09.2015 13:22:41" Taxiing back at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center #NASA747
"16.09.2015 05:31:37" Timeline Photos Hailing frequencies open. We're live from the stratosphere w/ Nichelle Nichols! Send us your questions in the comments #askNASA747
"16.09.2015 00:04:06" NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center Today is flight day for Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols! Nichelle will be flying alongside our Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) as they observe the solar system onboard the world's largest airborne observatory SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Inf We're hosting a live Q&A from the stratosphere tonight with Nichelle Nichols. Send us your questions about SOFIA #askNASA747
"15.09.2015 23:42:18" Timeline Photos Tonight we're flying with Nichelle Nichols and 5 educators. We'll be studying formation of massive stars and the evolution of planetary construction material. http://go.nasa.gov/1hK1090
"15.09.2015 19:15:00" SOFIA flight prep with Nichelle Nichols: Safety training, meeting the educators also flying onboard, and learning all about SOFIA science. Ready for flight!
"15.09.2015 17:34:51" Timeline Photos It’s flight day with Nichelle Nichols! Send us your questions & we’ll try to answer from the stratosphere #askNASA747
"14.09.2015 22:18:59" Mobile Uploads Airborne Astronomy Ambassador educators and Nichelle Nichols get their first look at SOFIA's telescope #NASA747 #nasabeyond
"14.09.2015 17:31:38" Timeline Photos We're getting ready to host a live Q&A from SOFIA with Nichelle Nichols! #askNASA747
"13.09.2015 20:00:52" Timeline Photos Layout of our hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. SOFIA has company in there! #NASA747 #NASAbeyond
"13.09.2015 16:04:00" Timeline Photos Our flight crew keep us on track all night! #NASA747
"13.09.2015 06:07:52" Timeline Photos SOFIA in her hangar at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center #tailSpotting
"11.09.2015 04:30:28" Timeline Photos We're observing tonight! Follow us go.nasa.gov/1Kc1xH0 and see what's on the agenda tonight http://go.nasa.gov/1Kc23ob
"10.09.2015 18:05:03" The Planetary Society This is what it's like to fly aboard NASA SOFIA: a 747 airplane with a 2.5m telescope inside, making it the largest airborne observatory in the world. We saw star forming regions, a distant galaxy, and got to hang out in the cockpit!
Hosted by Mat Watch as Planetary Radio records their show from a SOFIA flight. Full interviews: planet.ly/8yFjV
"10.09.2015 17:21:41" Timeline Photos Reflections in SOFIA's primary mirror, taken after its first aluminum coating in 2010 #ThrowbackThursday #NASA747
"09.09.2015 16:54:54" planetary.org Flying High on SOFIA Planetary Radio returns to SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, but this time we fly in the giant 747 turned telescope platform. It was a night to remember. Listen to Planetary Radio at 43,000 feet. #NASA747
"09.09.2015 03:25:20" Timeline Photos Instrument swap: FORCAST instrument is now installed #NASA747
"07.09.2015 13:23:44" Timeline Photos Good morning!
"05.09.2015 14:30:01" Timeline Photos Georgia teachers to fly on SOFIA, bring science experience to their students https://shar.es/1vxhIv #STEM #NASA747
"05.09.2015 01:08:46" Timeline Photos Lovely observing last night with educators on board! #NASA747
"04.09.2015 05:08:19" Timeline Photos Astronomy at 40,000 ft. Follow us all night: http://go.nasa.gov/1O1ppTG
"04.09.2015 02:31:35" Leaving the hangar (video speed has been increased) #NASA747
"03.09.2015 15:12:38" Timeline Photos Taxiing back after an EXcellent night observing #NASA747
"03.09.2015 05:33:23" Timeline Photos Guess who's flying tonight? http://go.nasa.gov/1NWTDHm
"02.09.2015 17:27:11" See where we flew last night #NASA747
"02.09.2015 14:49:23" Timeline Photos Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors getting a live view of SOFIA observations #NASA747 #NASAbeyond
"02.09.2015 05:33:57" We're flying tonight with educators on board! Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1NWTDHm
"31.08.2015 20:01:55" Watch Airborne Astronomy Ambassador David Marasco give a virtual tour of SOFIA
"28.08.2015 19:02:07" Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors & SOFIA. They will bring SOFIA science back to their classrooms #NASA747
"27.08.2015 19:15:00" SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Stacy Lord & Howard Fain getting ready for their flight #NASAbeyond
"27.08.2015 15:23:54" TBT to 2011 when the first educators flew on SOFIA as Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. Another group is ready to fly! #NASAbeyond
"26.08.2015 20:15:55" The EXES instrument is installed and ready for some EXcellent observing! http://go.nasa.gov/1MVeKKL Photo by Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Stacy Lord.
"26.08.2015 18:19:21" Check out SOFIA's infrared view of Butterfly Nebula, M2-9, compared to Hubble's visible view http://go.nasa.gov/1Ej4Bod #NASAbeyond
"25.08.2015 16:26:43" Ground testing last night, watch SOFIA's telescope move! #NASAbeyond
"24.08.2015 16:11:39" The telescope's secondary mirror getting washed
"21.08.2015 16:29:03" Ground testing last night #NASA747
"20.08.2015 17:18:51" SOFIA and the moon in Christchurch #ThrowbackThursday more: http://go.nasa.gov/1J87QM4
"19.08.2015 21:55:13" arstechnica.com Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura—Nichelle Nichols—will fly on NASA’s airborne observatory At 82-years-old, she's still the coolest (sorry, Kirk).
"19.08.2015 18:23:36" Happy #NationalAviationDay The Wright brothers' first flight was shorter than SOFIA
"18.08.2015 22:16:58" Take a field trip inside SOFIA with MAKE Magazine
"18.08.2015 19:21:00" The Magellanic Clouds are barely visible over New Zealand in this long exposure image. More photos from our deployment: http://go.nasa.gov/1PkxfG9
"17.08.2015 16:39:07" NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy used four different instruments while on deployment in New Zealand last month. Watch as the First Light Infrared Test Experiment Camara (FLITECAM) and High Speed Imaging Photometer for Occultatio We used four instruments while in New Zealand. Watch how we change them.
"16.08.2015 15:00:01" Remembering that time when someone made a SOFIA piñata. #SundayFunday
"15.08.2015 15:00:00" We've enjoyed sharing and collaborating with everyone at #IAU2015!
"14.08.2015 15:00:00" Flashback Friday to a rainbow overhead in Christchurch, NZ (2013). #FBF
"13.08.2015 14:00:01" Throwback Thursday to SOFIA's original cockpit #TBT
"12.08.2015 14:00:03" The raised areas around the telescope cavity are ramps that maintain smooth air flow over the opening during flight #HumpDay
"11.08.2015 14:00:00" More educators are gearing up to fly with us this fall. Learn more about the Airborne Astronomy Ambassador program: http://go.nasa.gov/1Eklvxw
"10.08.2015 22:25:01" Did you know: SOFIA is a partnership between NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR)?
"10.08.2015 20:16:17" We've got another full week at #IAU2015. Don't miss the SOFIA presentations and posters!
"07.08.2015 15:00:01" What SOFIA’s telescope looks like without an instrument attached. Now accepting proposals for next generation instrument http://go.nasa.gov/1I6bF9b
"06.08.2015 14:00:01" Telescope size matters! 2010: SOFIA 2.5 m. 1975: Kuiper 0.9 m. 1966: Lear Jet 0.3 m. http://go.nasa.gov/1zU5ikE
"05.08.2015 19:00:00" Get all the latest updates from the SOFIA team tonight at 6, room 313B #IAU2015
"05.08.2015 16:00:00" Flying @ Mach 0.85, and our telescope stays stable! #NASAbeyond
"05.08.2015 05:00:20" The DSI presents SOFIA @ XXIX General Assembly #IAU2015 in Honolulu. Booth #325
"04.08.2015 15:00:01" SOFIA can observe an object for extended periods of time (even though we’re moving).
"03.08.2015 14:00:01" SOFIA's primary mirror before it was aluminized. The honeycomb design reduces the weight by 80%!
"02.08.2015 17:00:00" Don’t miss all the SOFIA posters and presentations at the #IAU2015 next week! #NASA747
"01.08.2015 15:00:01" Everyone on board our Pluto occultation observing flight signed this New Zealand five dollar bill #PlutoFlyBy
"31.07.2015 21:55:26" "This year's deployment to New Zealand was hugely successful." http://go.nasa.gov/1VS01mz
"30.07.2015 16:44:20" #TBT: Aurora Australis in the southern skies
"29.07.2015 18:30:00" SOFIA taxiing in the California sunshine after a successful New Zealand Deployment #latergram #NASA747
"29.07.2015 17:03:03" Now accepting proposals for our next generation science instrument http://go.nasa.gov/1I6bF9b
"28.07.2015 20:21:22" Go on board SOFIA as we chase down Pluto's shadow http://go.nasa.gov/1HZChFW #PlutoFlyBy
"28.07.2015 16:53:04" Pilot's reflections on SOFIA's southern observing flights http://go.nasa.gov/1U4bDky
"27.07.2015 19:24:32" Up close with SOFIA's telescope
"27.07.2015 18:35:55" SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy SOFIA flying over the Sierras with her door open. (Credit NASA photo/Jim Ross)
"25.07.2015 18:32:56" All of SOFIA's flights from New Zealand #NASA747 #NASAbeyond
"25.07.2015 06:13:07" NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center Welcome home SOFIA!
SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy made its way back to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center after spending the last six weeks in New Zealand doing research! Click here to learn more about this deployment. SOFIA arrived back at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center this afternoon!
"24.07.2015 15:51:50" California, here we come! http://go.nasa.gov/1GIKomc
"24.07.2015 02:24:25" Headed home to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. Until next time, Christchurch! http://go.nasa.gov/1GIKomc #NASA747
"23.07.2015 19:55:43" Six weeks observing from New Zealand in under 30 seconds
"22.07.2015 16:08:25" The sun is setting on our time in Christchurch. SOFIA is getting ready to fly home to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at the end of the week.
"21.07.2015 14:00:01" SOFIA has an admirer
"20.07.2015 18:00:01" Sunrise in Christchurch
"20.07.2015 06:37:07" Off for another night of observing the southern skies! Live tracking: http://go.nasa.gov/1MCxKKp
"19.07.2015 17:36:41" SOFIA during pre-flight checks #NASA747 #NASAbeyond
"19.07.2015 06:20:11" Astronomy from the stratosphere. Follow our flight: http://go.nasa.gov/1TJVi4t #NASA747 #NASAbeyond
"18.07.2015 21:00:02" Up close with the UpGreat instrument http://go.nasa.gov/1THHEP6 #NASAbeyond
"17.07.2015 17:41:17" Dr. Dana Backman describing SOFIA's Pluto occultation observations at last night's Plutopalooza in Palmdale #NASAbeyond
"17.07.2015 16:17:54" New Zealand's German & U.S. Ambassadors, Dr. Anne-Marie Schleich & Mark Gilbert, visited SOFIA in Christchurch yesterday #NASA747
"16.07.2015 22:00:00" Announcing SOFIA Third Generation Science Instrument Call for Proposals. Step one is due Aug. 19, 2015 http://go.nasa.gov/1I6bF9b
"16.07.2015 19:00:01" In 1977 SOFIA's predecessor discovered the rings around Uranus by observing an occultation of that planet. Analysis of SOFIA's Pluto occultation data is underway #TBT
"16.07.2015 17:09:21" Tonight at Pluto Palooza: Learn about SOFIA chasing Pluto's shadow with Guest Speaker Dr. Dana Backman, at Palmdale's Thursday Night on the Square, 6pm http://www.cityofpalmdale.org/TNOTS
"15.07.2015 19:00:01" Upgraded GREAT instrument, upGREAT, is on the telescope now. UpGREAT operates 14 detectors simultaneously, instead of one http://go.nasa.gov/1Rx1hMb #NASAbeyond
"15.07.2015 15:42:30" Rainy day in Christchurch #NASA747
"14.07.2015 19:41:37" GREAT observing in the Southern Hemisphere last night http://go.nasa.gov/1Rx1hMb #NASA747
"14.07.2015 17:07:24" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Pluto has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach, which was at 7 Congratulations New Horizons!
"13.07.2015 23:30:00" All eyes on Pluto: SOFIA and many other NASA missions working with New Horizons go.nasa.gov/1JebOST
"13.07.2015 21:38:05" SOFIA's first observations of an extrasolar planet http://go.nasa.gov/1TykGdf
"13.07.2015 17:00:13" SOFIA crew spotted incredibly bright aurora last night #NASAbeyond
"12.07.2015 19:00:45" Up all night observing the GREAT instrument http://airbornescience.nasa.gov/tracker/#view=map&mapid=_9&zoom=3&lat=-43.4865&lng=-187.4555&callsign=NASA747
"12.07.2015 15:00:01" SOFIA and the lights at Christchurch International Airport
"11.07.2015 17:00:00" Frosty winter morning in Christchurch
"11.07.2015 06:18:45" Prepping SOFIA for observations! #NASA747 #NASAbeyond
"10.07.2015 17:00:00" SOFIA's Pluto occultation observation, with central flash, on June 29, 2015. Data is from the Focal Plane Imager-Plus (FPI+) optical camera http://go.nasa.gov/1IoxBLo
"09.07.2015 20:18:10" New blog post: Inside SOFIA's Pluto occultaiton flight #PlutoFlyBy #NASAbeyond http://go.nasa.gov/1eKiRdV
"09.07.2015 15:11:41" SOFIA and the moon last week #tbt