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SOFIA

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a modified Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet) with a 2.5m telescope in the back. Observations occur in flight so that the telescope is above a significant fraction of the atmosphere - a cheaper alternative to a space telescope, the design also allows new instrumentation to be added as it becomes available.

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Uploaded on October 11, 2011