NASA's SOFIA: Why A Plane Is A Good Place For A Telescope
NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy can go anywhere and get higher than any ground-based telescopes.By Evan Thomas | June 20, 2015
Your traditional telescope is anchored to the ground under a big dome.
But sticking one on a plane works better than you might think.
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, which is a joint venture between NASA and the German Aerospace Center, is a 100-inch infrared telescope mounted to a heavily modified Boeing 747. (Video via NASA)