A Photo Tour of NASA's SOFIA Flying Observatory

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Side View of NASA's SOFIA Airborne Observatory

Credit: Mike Wall
NASA's Ames Research Center let folks tour the SOFIA airborne observatory while the modified 747SP jet was in Silicon Valley in October 2011. SOFIA, a…Read More »

joint project between NASA and the German Aerospace Center, normally resides considerably farther south, at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif.   Less «
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Michael was a science writer for the Idaho National Laboratory and has been an intern at, The Salinas Californian newspaper, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He has also worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Mike on .
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