Inside NASA's 747 Flying Telescope

Although still three years from starting actual scientific missions, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airborne observatory is tenaciously getting closer to its first job day. After two decades of research and $500 million modding » 11/28/08 11:00am 11/28/08 11:00am a Boeing 747—including the 2.5-meter telescope itself that…