Giant airplane-mounted telescope sees first light!

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“Very cool news: the flying infrared observatory, SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) — which has been in the works for many years — has seen first light. What’s remarkable about this observatory is that it’s mounted in a hole in the side of a 747!”

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    1. What’s the point of this when they have a telescope in space?


    2. Would’ve premiered sooner, but had to be grounded for three months of intensive cleaning after a schedule mix-up accidentally booked the “vomit comet” pilot during tests.


    3. Thanks for the link, good stuff.


    4. hum; but we can not put a man in space……


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