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Prof. Dr. Alfred Krabbe

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Wagner

Deputy SMO Director (Kalifornien)

Dr. Hans Zinnecker

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Dr. Thomas Keilig

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Dr. Dörte Mehlert


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Fliegende Sternwarte SOFIA auf dem Rückweg nach Kalifornien

December 15, 2014

Sie sieht fast aus wie neu: Nach fünfeinhalb Monaten ist die fliegende Sternwarte SOFIA am 14. Dezember 2014 um 13:10 Uhr von Hamburg zu ihrem Heimatflughafen am „Armstrong Flight Research Center“ in Palmdale (Kalifornien) aufgebrochen und dort nach elfstündigem Flug am 14. Dezember um 15:20 Uhr Ortszeit gelandet. Die modifizierte Boeing 747SP wurde seit ihrer Landung am 28. Juni bei Lufthansa Technik im Rahmen einer routinemäßigen Generalüberholung auf Herz und Nieren geprüft. Neben dem 37 Jahre alten Flugzeug ist auch das 17 Tonnen schwere, mit einem Spiegel mit 2,7 Meter Durchmesser ausgestattete Teleskop an Bord von SOFIA gewartet worden.

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German SOFIA Institute at the University of Stuttgart Celebrates 10th Anniversary

December 1, 2014

Stuttgart’s Eye into the Universe

On Nov. 25, 2014, the German SOFIA Institute (DSI) at the University of Stuttgart, celebrated its 10th anniversary with project partners, academic collaborators, and friends. The DSI was formed to support the development and operation of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The celebration included a series of lectures that gave an overview of the history of the DSI, the challenges and successes encountered during development, and concluded with a discussion of recent scientific achievements of the airborne observatory.

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SOFIA Observations Help Determine the Age of a Star Nursery

November 17, 2014

An international scientific team led by scientists of the Coordinated Research Center (CRC) 956 at the University of Cologne, Germany, applied a new method of age determination to a combination of data from SOFIA and other observatories to make a surprising discovery: The star forming cloud IRAS 16293-2422, located at a distance of about 400 light years in the direction of the constellation Ophiuchus, is at least 1 million years old yet is still making sun-like stars. This is in conflict with current models, which predict star formation should proceed much more rapidly. That result is published in this week’s volume of Nature magazine by researchers from Cologne plus the University of Helsinki and the Max Planck Institutes for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR; Bonn) and Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE; Garching).

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Die fliegende Sternwarte SOFIA ist in Hamburg gelandet

June 28, 2014

D-Check für Stratosphären Observatorium.

SOFIA ist am 28. Juni 2014 nach einem Vorbeiflug um 8:44 Uhr auf dem Hamburger Flughafen gelandet. Die fliegende Sternwarte ist normalerweise am „Armstrong Flight Research Center“ der NASA in Kalifornien stationiert. Nun werden sowohl das Flugzeug als auch das integrierte Teleskop im Auftrag des DLR bis Anfang November bei Lufthansa Technik mit Unterstützung des DSI auf Herz und Nieren geprüft: „Damit erfüllt das DLR einen Teil seines 20-prozentigen Beitrags zum Betrieb des Observatoriums“, erklärt Alois Himmes, SOFIA-Projektleiter im DLR.

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SOFIA Explores the Southern Sky in New Zealand

July 17, 2013

University of Stuttgart supports the telescope operation

For the first time SOFIA, the "Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy", has been deployed to the southern hemisphere. Based at the airport of Christchurch, New Zealand for three weeks, SOFIA has started to study celestial objects that are uniquely observable on southern flight routes.

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New Molecules and Star Formation in the Milky Way

May 10, 2012

GREAT Results of the Early Science Flights with SOFIA, the Airborne Observatory

SOFIA, the "Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy", completed its first series of science flights, using the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT). The scientific results are now being published in a special issue of the European journal “Astronomy & Astrophysics” (Volume 542, May 10) along with reports on GREAT’s advanced technologies. They include first detections of new interstellar molecules and important spectral lines in space, and address different stages of the star formation process. The “Deutsches SOFIA Institut” (DSI) of the University of Stuttgart coordinates SOFIA’s science mission and operation on behalf of the German partners.

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