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NASA's SOFIA: Intercepting the shadow of Titan

Old 31st Jan 2019, 19:55
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NASA's SOFIA: Intercepting the shadow of Titan

Fascinating stuff.

NASA's flying telescope ( SOFIA) intercepts a shadow from Titan, a moon of Saturn, in the Tasman Sea between New Zealand and Australia.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-...titan/10635802
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 00:57
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Lots of interesting operational details, but a little bit too much 'breathless' journalese and extraneous verbiage IMO.

Edit: The flight actually took place in July 2018: https://newsroom.usra.edu/sofia-obse...t-is-evolving/

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Old 1st Feb 2019, 01:30
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It's just a news story, not an astrophysics dissertation....
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 01:38
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It's just a news story, not an astrophysics dissertation....
Exactly, I found it interesting and informative as I have very little knowledge of Titan and shadows formed by it.
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As did I. The little SP still doing a top job.
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 21:03
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Fascinating stuff, thanks for the post.

Is that the last 747SP flying anywhere?
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Old 1st Feb 2019, 23:57
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Probably one or two others still flying.
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Old 2nd Feb 2019, 01:22
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If you want more detailed podcast on the aircraft look up Omega Tau podcast. Long detailed (2 hour + discussions) with people that know stuff. He did one on Sofia. There's also episodes with Shuttle 747 carrier pilots, U2 aircraft, Apollo, Saturn V engineers, Perlan glider etc etc. in the archives. Most English, some German.

Archive | omega tau science & engineering podcast
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List gives 9 still flying. Clicking on registration gives aircraft history.

Complete list of 747SP Operators
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Old 2nd Feb 2019, 20:19
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Thanks for posting TWT.

I know lots about astronomy and physics and stuff (including SOFIA) but it was still worth watching. Even learned something!
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