Post by Matt Hayes on Jul 25, 2013 18:27:39 GMT 12
A few more photos of SOFIA during its time here. Special thanks to the SOFIA Team and NASA for the privileged opportunity of a science presentation and tour on board their very special Aircraft. Very educational talking to the scientific team who are clearly very enthusiastic and passionate about their field of work. Glad they are happy with the data they have captured so far
Providing maintenance and refurbishment goes well, they say the aircraft will return next year and the years to come
Gorgeous photos!! Very privileged to get on board... she grunts along over 550+kts at times and is out there over 9hrs flight time, quite some performance - I guess without pax and luggage, she can carry extra fuel. Thanks for the up close look. I see they use liquid Nitrogen or CO2 for the equipment. Very specialised tasks.
Yes that last shot needed a star exposure I reckon on a tripod - very good depth of field so small aperture and long exposure on a tripod... c'mon, spill the details!! It was a fabulous shot with good colour segregation too.
That was very interesting - Dr Backman is very easy to listen to as a lecturer and school level teacher who loves his topic of astronomy. He talks of the history of SOFIA and how they chose the plane and some of the planes history which was interesting as well - the Clipper Lindbergh or something was the plane's early name. Went into service in 1977 on the 50th anniversary of the first flight across the Atlantic. Grandson Eric Lindburgh rededicated the plane in 2007 as it entered service with NASA. He also speaks of the wind tunnel trials and an earlier plane. Very interesting.
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2013 19:33:35 GMT 12 by suthg: Added detail and correction.
Great images Matt. Thanks for posting. Out of interest is the flight deck shot an HDR or did you use a flash? It's great! I've been trying similar on the 737 but can't quite get the contrast between inside and out where I want them.
That was very interesting - Dr Backman is very easy to listen to as a lecturer and school level teacher who loves his topic of astronomy. He talks of the history of SOFIA and how they chose the plane and some of the planes history which was interesting as well - the Spirit of Lindberg or something was the planes early name. Also speaks of the wind tunnel trials and an earlier plane.
I watched this last night, having only ever listened to them in the past. Having the slides been talked to is good! Good presentation, I could remember enough science to keep up.