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Flying Observatory SOFIA

The Stratosphere Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a German-American project to research the cosmos.

The University of Stuttgart is in charge of the scientific guidance of the mission, and it thereby underscores the international claim of Stuttgart aerospace science. With a 2.7 m telescope integrated into a modified Boeing 747 SP, astronomic observations are carried out in infrared and sub-millimeter wavelength ranges far above the interference of Earth’s atmosphere. The distance infrared spectrometer FIFI-LS of the University of Stuttgart enables scientists to observe stars and solar systems in creation. The project, which is comparable to a galactic expedition can already point to numerous scientific successes.

Flying Observatory SOFIA