A Night in the Stratosphere with SOFIA

Here I am with astronomer Franck Marchis, who plans to study the asteroid 2 Pallas on tonight's flight. My blue flight suit is made of Nomex, which is fire resistant. (Franck's T-shirt probably isn't!). Credit: Sky & Telescope,  J. Kelly Beatty

Kelly Beatty has posted on his blog some behind-the-scenes snapshots of his first succesful flight on the one-of-a-kind Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). He also met with SETI Institute astronomer Franck Marchis, who had planned to study the asteroid 2 Pallas on the same flight.

You can read more about it in the May issue of Sky and Telescope.
See the blog at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/sky-and-telescope-magazine/beyond-the-pri...