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SOFIA – the airborne infrared observatory

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a joint project between the US space agency NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Carrying a 2.7-metre telescope inside a modified Boeing 747SP, the airborne observatory performs astronomical observations in the infrared and submillimetre wavelengths, high above the disturbance of Earth's atmosphere.


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