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SETI Institute Researchers Presented with FILMSS Star Award

Three SETI Institute researchers have been presented with the FILMSS (Fully Integrated Lifecycle Mission Support Services) Star Award for their work. Bruce Clarke, Stefan Rosner, and Bill Wohler of the SETI Institute, along with their colleague Jeff Huang of Logyx, were recognized for their contributions to SOFIA’s (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) High-resolution Airborne…
Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors 2017: First row: Jessica Yett, Caylin Ledterman, Lydia Jimenez, Christine Hirst, Kellie Fleming Second row: Jorge Hirmas, Justin Fournier, Pamela Harman, Sarah Arndt, Dana Backman, Kirstin DeGeer. Jessica and Kellie are AAA - District  Liaisons. Click to see the large picture

NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Update

Seven NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) and two district liaisons traveled to Palmdale for their SOFIA flight week experience. AAAs Caylin Ledterman and Justin Fournier, with Liaison Jessica Yett, from the Anaheim Union High School District; AAAs Sarah Arndt, Christine Hirst, and Lydia Jimenez from William S. Hart Union High School District; and AAAs Kirstin DeGeer and Jorge Hirmas, with…

NASA’s SOFIA Confirms Planetary System Similar to Ours

May 15, 2017 - Last week, NASA announced that its flying observatory, SOFIA (short for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) completed a study of a nearby planetary system that is very much like our solar system, centered on the star Epsilon Eridani, also known as Eps Eri. SOFIA is the world’s largest airborne observatory and flies at altitudes between 39,000 and 45,000 feet, above…
Emma Bentley on SOFIA

The Coolest Party - A Night Flight on NASA's SOFIA

If, instead of asking an astronomer “how are stars born?”, you ask about where the coolest party is, the answer might surprise you. These get-togethers are thousands of light-years away in dusty nebulae, and require a special type of observatory to see what’s going on. Fortunately, NASA and the German Space Agency (DLR) have a neat party trick: they’ve put a 100-inch telescope on a Boeing 747. …
Ceres Observations

Observations of Ceres indicate that asteroids might be camouflaged

MOUNTAIN VIEW – The appearance of small bodies in the outer solar system could be deceiving. Asteroids and dwarf planets may be camouflaged with an outer layer of material that actually comes from somewhere else. Using data primarily gathered by SOFIA, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a team of astronomers has detected the presence of substantial amounts of material on…
SOFIA

NASA Flying Observatory Makes Observations of Jupiter Previously Only Possible from Space

For the first time since the twin Voyager spacecraft missions in 1979, scientists have produced far-infrared maps of Jupiter using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA. These maps were created from the researchers’ studies of the circulation of gases within the gas giant planet’s atmosphere. Infrared observations provide details not possible at other wavelengths. When…