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Flying telescope SOFIA grounded by storm damage near mission end

NASA’s telescope-carrying jet has been damaged in a storm in Christchurch, New Zealand, even as the mission’s end approaches. 

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a telescope designed to observe the infrared light emitted by the universe. To avoid obstruction by Earth’s atmosphere, the telescope is mounted on a modified Boeing 747 aircraft, which can take it to an altitude of up to 40,000 feet (12,000 meters).

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