NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has recently begun sending back the first color images of Pluto and Charon, and they are spectacular. But prior to the probe making its close approach to Pluto on July 14th, scientists have been scouting Pluto’s atmosphere using a 98-inch telescope mounted inside a highly modified Boeing…
NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy—or SOFIA to its friends—is actually a laboratory with wings. And right now, it's getting its decadal inspection at the Lufthansa Technik hangar in Hamburg, Germany.
This is Sofia. Like the Italian actress, it will turn heads everywhere it flies. Not because of its cleavage, but because this Boeing 747 has a 15 by 14-foot door on it, which opens to reveal a 2.5-meter telescope.