NASA 747, Cleared for Take-Off: Observing a SOFIA Mission

NASA 747, Cleared for Take-Off: Observing a SOFIA Mission

(Posted on October 27, 2018) Every summer, NASA’s airborne observatory SOFIA leaves its base in Palmdale, California, and heads to Christchurch, New Zealand to observe the Southern Sky. Being in the southern hemisphere for a couple of months not only…

"Per Aspera Ad Astra:" The Complexities of Operating SOFIA

“Per Aspera Ad Astra:” The Complexities of Operating SOFIA

(Posted on September 8, 2018) Every year, NASA’s airborne observatory SOFIA takes off about a hundred times to help scientists gather data to better understand our solar system and the rest of the universe. Each of those flights, however, starts way before the heavily…