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Paper: SOFIA: On the Pathway toward Habitable Worlds
Volume: 430, Pathways Towards Habitable Planets
Page: 201
Authors: Gehrz, R. D.; Angerhausen, D.; Becklin, E. E.; Greenhouse, M. A.; Horner, S.; Krabbe, A.; Swain, M. R.; Young, E. T.
Abstract: The U.S./German Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a 2.5-meter infrared airborne telescope in a Boeing 747-SP, will conduct 0.3 - 1,600 μm photometric, spectroscopic, and imaging observations from altitudes as high as 45,000 ft., where the average atmospheric transmission is greater than 80 percent. SOFIA’s first light cameras and spectrometers, as well as future generations of instruments, will enable SOFIA to make unique contributions to the characterization of the physical properties of proto-planetary disks around young stellar objects and of the atmospheres of exoplanets that transit their parent stars. We describe several types of experiments that are being contemplated.
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