NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) will be open for viewing to registered guests on Saturday October 19, 2019. SOFIA is a Boeing 747SP jetliner modified to carry a 106-inch diameter telescope. Flying into the stratosphere at 38,000-45,000 feet puts SOFIA above 99 percent of Earth’s infrared-blocking atmosphere, allowing astronomers to study the solar system and beyond in ways that are not possible with ground-based telescopes. SOFIA is a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center, DLR. NASA Ames is home to the SOFIA Science Center where onboard mission systems are developed, research flights are planned, and data from celestial observations are reduced, delivered to the scientific community and archived.
A limited number of free tickets for the event are available for reservation here. We anticipate the reservations will go quickly, so please reserve your tickets as soon as possible if you wish to attend. All guests must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. No guests under 10 years of age will be admitted. The viewing of SOFIA, including wait time in line, may take as long as two hours, possibly more.
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