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SOFIA Seeks Secrets of Planetary Birth

19 Nov 2009, 06:00 UTC
SOFIA Seeks Secrets of Planetary Birth
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Imagine cutting retractable doors in the side of a 747 airliner, installing a 17-ton telescope, and flying to the stratosphere to solve one of astronomy's greatest puzzles. That's what NASA and the German Aerospace Center plan to do with a cutting-edge airborne observatory named SOFIA.

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