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SOFIA flies

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SOFIAOn May, 31st, 2007, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has arrived at its new home, Dryden Airbase in California, after a short flight from Waco/Texas.

NASA and the DLR are working together to create SOFIA, a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft, accomodating a 2.5 meter far-infrared telescope. The telescope is installed, but the door will be kept closed for a couple of more test flights :-(

Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed!

(June, 2nd, 2007, ckr)