Photos from SOFIA, NASA's Flying Telescope (Gallery)

Looking Down the Length of SOFIA

Mike Wall

A view down the length of SOFIA. The bulge near the tail marks the area where the 17-ton infrared telescope is housed.

Seats Near SOFIA Mission Control

Mike Wall

These seats, near SOFIA's "mission control," are occupied by technical personnel when the observatory is flying a mission.

SOFIA, So Good

NASA/Tom Tschida

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, 747SP sat on the tarmac during nighttime telescope operations at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in October 2010. SOFIA, a cooperative program between NASA and the German Aerospace Center DLR, took its first science flight Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2010, focusing on the Orion nebula and the Sharpless 140 star cluster.

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