2018 SOFIA Tour at COSPAR
Event date
Pasadena, California
Event Type


Date: Sunday, July 22, 2018
Tour Start/End Location: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St., Pasadena, California
Tour Location: NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, Palmdale, California
Registration is closed. The tour is full.

Those traveling to the 2018 conference for the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) in Pasadena, California this July are in luck: SOFIA will be hosting a tour of the aircraft and its facilities at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, with transportation to and from the COSPAR conference venue!

The SOFIA aircraft is based at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. Tour participants will receive a tour of the aircraft and facilities at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, guided throughout the tour by SOFIA scientists! The tour will have an approximate duration of 2.5 hours, including time for lunch and a short presentation about SOFIA. The tour is free and lunch will be provided. The technical nature of the tour is intended for COSPAR and AAS participants, but those not attending either conference may still register for the waitlist. The chance to participate in a tour of the observatory guided by SOFIA scientists is popular and space is extremely limited, so register early!


Access to NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center requires security clearance for visitor badging. After completing the registration form, participants will be contacted via email with instructions to securely submit further documentation (e.g., driver license, passport, green card, etc.). Registration for the event is not complete until all paperwork is received and processed. The registration deadline is Friday, June 15, 2018.


Participants will meet at the main entrance of the Pasadena Convention Center at 9:00 a.m. and journey to NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. Busses will return to the Pasadena Convention Center after completion of the tour. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and will return to the Pasadena Convention Center at approximately 4:00 p.m.


Lunch will be provided. We will attempt to accommodate dietary restrictions if indicated on the registration form.

Special Accommodations

If further accommodations are required, contact the Help-Desk.