SOFIA is an 80/20 partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), consisting of an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a 2.7-meter (106 inch) reflecting telescope (with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters or 100 inches). The aircraft is based at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif. The SOFIA Program Office is at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., which manages SOFIA's science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA; Columbia, Md.) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI; University of Stuttgart).

SOFIA Adjusts Science Planning Following Damage to Aircraft

SOFIA at Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand at night

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is adjusting its science observation plans and canceling the remainder of its Southern Hemisphere deployment following damage to the aircraft caused by severe weather on Monday, July 18. SOFIA is currently operating out of Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand to better observe celestial objects in the southern skies.

OD absorption spectrum over a three-color image of W49A with a plus sign on spectrum position

The two-component OD absorption spectrum from GREAT superposed on a three-color image of W49A; SOFIA-FORCAST 20 μm (blue), SOFIA-FORCAST 37 μm (green), and Herschel-PACS 70 μm (red). Stars are from Spitzer-IRAC 3.6 μm (white). The plus sign marks the position of the spectrum. Credit: De Buizer et al. 2021/SOFIA/Herschel/ESO/Csengeri et al. 2022

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