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Southern Deployment 2013 Press Kit


Southern Deployment patchSOFIA will travel to Christchurch, New Zealand, from July 12 to Aug. 2, 2013, for three weeks of observations of the southern sky. The scientific targets for the southern deployment of SOFIA include the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, young stars, star forming regions, and supernova remnants in the southern Milky Way, the Milky Way's two satellite galaxies known as the Magellanic Clouds, and several nearby galaxies.

An International Collaboration
As a joint project between NASA and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR), SOFIA operates a telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters in a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft and is thus the world's largest airborne observatory. SOFIA flies at altitudes as high as 13,700 meters (45,000 feet) to provide access to astronomical signals at far-infrared wavelengths that would otherwise be blocked due to absorption by water vapor in the atmosphere.


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