State and Local Leaders

Click on the link that follows to read a nice letter from NM Gov. Susana Martinez: Governor 8Sept2015 Meeting Congressman Steve Pearce and chatting about SOFIA: Alamogordo Mayor Susie Galea presented me with a city proclamation of “Jeff Killebrew Day”!  Pretty cool!

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You can track our flights in real time with NASA’s Airborne Science Asset Tracker by clicking the following link: SOFIA Flight Tracker And it begins! On our way to L.A. To meet our group! After a busy day of sight seeing around Los Angeles, including an awesome stop to see Space Shuttle Endeavour and the […]

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SOFIA Videos

Inside NASA’s SOFIA Airborne Astronomical Observatory Up all Night with SOFIA, NASA’s Flying Observatory: Science on the SPOT The World’s Only Flying Observatory Tour SOFIA

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Listen to a little space type music to get you in the mood for exploration: Galaxy Song by Eric Idle David Bowie- Space Oddity Europe – The Final Countdown Peter Schilling – Major Tom Fly Me To The Moon- Frank Sinatra

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One of our SOFIA flights will have a very special guest aboard – Nichelle Nichols!  She is the one and only, original, Lt. Uhura from Star Trek. Here are a couple of the announcements: Nichelle Nichols via StarPower Star Trek’s ‘Uhura,’ Will Fly on NASA’s SOFIA Observatory Lt. Uhura from ‘Star Trek’ is hopping on […]


Flight Plans

The flight plans for our two flights have been published by NASA. Update from NASA’s SOFIA Team:  The areas coded by color on the flight plans indicate restricted areas for flight, requiring various levels of clearance.  On one recent flight, SOFIA had to change the flight path mid-flight, and got special permission to fly through […]

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Q & A

Share questions and answers here along with students and teachers from NM and around the country. So here are my questions for you.  Post your answers so that we can share and grow in our scientific knowledge. Question #1: Here is a picture of the reflecting telescope that we have here at NMSBVI. It has […]

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The SOFIA Boeing 747SP

The SOFIA aircraft is a Boeing 747SP with a distinguished history. It was originally acquired by Pan American World Airways and was delivered in May 1977. The “SP” designates that this is a special performance, short-body version of the 747, designed for longer flights than the Boeing 747 Classics (747-100, -200, and -300 series jetliners). […]

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What is Infrared Astronomy?

The heat that we feel from our Sun or from a fireplace is infrared radiation (thermal energy). Even objects that we think of as being very cold, such as ice cubes, emit thermal energy. Measuring the infrared energy from astronomical objects is difficult because most of it is blocked by Earth’s atmosphere. Therefore, most infrared […]

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