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SOFIA 3D printed model

Print Your Own 3D SOFIA Model

Now you can print your own 3D model of SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. With the help of the staff of the NASA Ames SpaceShop Rapid Prototyping Facility, the SOFIA mission team created an eight-piece, 3D-printable model of the modified 747SP aircraft, its telescope and cabin.

The printable files are at a 1/200 scale, with a removable upper fuselage section to reveal interior details, including the flying mission control center in the cabin, interchangeablescience instruments and both open- and closed-telescope door configurations. The model has been simplified for durability and printing where needed.

Details, printing instructions and files are available: https://go.nasa.gov/2nqcwex​​


Fact Sheets/Brochures

SOFIA General Information

Document Name Thumbnail Image Download Link File Size
SOFIA general fact sheet SOFIA general fact sheet Download Link 1.2 MB
SOFIA Studies SOFIA studies Download Link 813 KB
Fun Facts for Reporters
Fun Facts for Reporters
Download Link 89 KB
Infrared Astronomy: More Than Our Eyes Can See
Infrared Astronomy: More Than Our Eyes Can See
Download Link 1.7 MB
Aircraft and Telescope Fact Sheet
Aircraft and Telescope fact sheet
Download Link 1.5 MB
AFRC Bldg. 703 Hangar Fact Sheet
AFRC Bldg. 703 Hangar Fact Sheet
Download Link 343 KB
SOFIA self-guided tour
SOFIA self-guided tour
Download Link 220 KB
Signs of Recent Starbursts in the Milky Way Galaxy’s Center
Signs of Recent Starbursts in the Milky Way Galaxy’s Center
Download Link 2.3 MB
Orion's M42 Region
Orion's M42 region
Download Link 768 KB

SOFIA Science Fact Sheets

Document Name Thumbnail Image Download Link File Size
SOFIA Technical flyer
SOFIA technical flyer
Download Link 713 KB
EXES instrument fact sheet EXES fact sheet Download Link 1.1 MB
FIFI-LS instrument fact sheet FIFI-LS fact sheet Download Link 220 KB
FLITECAM instrument fact sheet (Retired 2018) FLITECAM fact sheet Download Link 891 KB
FORCAST instrument fact sheet FORCAST fact sheet Download Link 1.2 MB
FPI+ instrument fact sheet GREAT fact sheet Download Link 137 KB
GREAT instrument fact sheet GREAT fact sheet Download Link 1.2 MB
HAWC+ instrument fact sheet HAWC plus fact sheet Download Link 197 KB
HIPO instrument fact sheet (Retired 2018) HIPO fact sheet Download Link 1.3 MB
SOFIA science: M17 fact sheet SOFIA M17 fact sheet Download Link 1.6 MB
SOFIA science: M42 fact sheet SOFIA M42 fact sheet Download Link 1.4 MB
SOFIA science: Circumnuclear Ring fact sheet SOFIA CNR fact sheet Download Link 1.7 MB
EXES Technical Fact Sheet EXES flyer Download Link 528 KB
FIFI-LS Technical Fact Sheet FIFI-LS instrument flyer Download Link 718 KB
FLITECAM Technical Fact Sheet (Retired 2018) FLITECAM instrument flyer Download Link 442 KB
FORCAST Technical Fact Sheet FORCAST instrument flyer Download Link 448 KB
FPI+ Technical Fact Sheet FPI plus instrument flyer Download Link 470 KB
GREAT Technical Fact Sheet GREAT instrument flyer Download Link 431 KB
HAWC+ Technical Fact Sheet HAWC plus instrument flyer Download Link 696 KB
Spectral Resolution vs Wavelength
Spectral resolution chart
Download Link 264 KB
New Zealand Science Summaries

New Zealand Science Summaries screenshot
Download Link N/A
SOFIA Quick Guide: Instrument Capabilities and Science Cases

SOFIA Quick Guide
Download Link 4 MB

SOFIA Images

Scientific Observation Images
Look here for SOFIA's latest scientific images. You'll find captions and photo credits, and both labeled and unlabeled images in a couple of different resolutions. If you have any questions, please contact us.

SOFIA Observatory Images
Photos of the SOFIA airborne observatory in flight as well as instrument and christening photos are located here.

SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (2011-2015)
Archive of Airborne Astronomy Ambassador images

SOFIA Shareables
Infographics about SOFIA

NASA SOFIA Mission Pages and multimedia gallery
http://www.nasa.gov/SOFIA/

Historic SOFIA wind tunnel testing photos
http://images.nasa.gov
— search SOFIA and narrow by year 1994

Image use policy


SOFIA B-Roll

SOFIA 3D Overview Animation without text (242 MB)
SOFIA 3D Overview Animation with text (263 MB)

SOFIA 3D Telescope Animation without text (141 MB)
SOFIA 3D Telescope Animation with text (138 MB)

SOFIA b-roll web preview (61.5 MB)
SOFIA b-roll for media distribution with 1920x1080 resolution and encoded with the ProRes codec (2.6 GB)

SOFIA Twilight air-to-air, door opening

SOFIA New Zealand 2013 Deployment video

SOFIA Takeoff (2.79 GB)

SOFIA Landing (947 MB)

SOFIA Landing Cockpit Time Lapse (89 MB)


SOFIA History Articles


SOFIA Optical Path


SOFIA Program Staff Biographies

SOFIA Operations
Eddie Zavala -- Program Manager (NASA)
Michael Toberman -- Operations Director (NASA)
David McAllister -- Deputy Program Manager for Operations (NASA)
George Sarver-- Deputy Program Manager (NASA)

SOFIA Science Operations
Kimberly Ennico Smith -- Project Scientist (NASA)
Tom Roellig -- Deputy Project Scientist (NASA)
Ed Harmon -- Mission Manager (NASA)

Harold Yorke -- Director of SOFIA Science Mission Operations (USRA)
Bernhard Schulz --Deputy Director of SOFIA Science Mission Operations (Deutsches SOFIA Institut)
Erick Young -- Senior Science Advisor (USRA)
William Reach - Deputy Director (USRA)
Joan Schmelz -Associate Director for Science and Public Outreach(USRA)
Nancy McKown -- Mission Operations Manager (USRA)

Eric Becklin -- Chief Science Advisor (USRA)
B-G Andersson -- Associate Director for Science Operations (USRA)
Jürgen Wolf -- Senior Research Scientist (DSI)


Media Contacts

SOFIA Science Center
NASA Ames Research Center
Nicholas A. Veronico
SOFIA Program/Science Center Public Affairs Officer
nicholas.a.veronico {at} nasa.gov
650-604-4589
cell 650-224-8726
Mail to:
NASA Ames Research Center, MS 232-12
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001

Armstrong Flight Research Center
Kate K. Squires
Public Affairs Specialist
kate.k.squires {at} nasa.gov
661-276-2020
Mail to:
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273, MS 4839
Edwards, CA 93523-0273

Deutsches SOFIA Institut (DSI) at Universität Stuttgart
Dr. Dörte Mehlert
German SOFIA E/PO lead
mehlert {at} dsi.uni-stuttgart.de
+49-711-685-69632
Mail to:
Deutsches SOFIA Institut
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Raumfahrtsyteme
Pfaffenwaldring 31
70569 Stuttgart
Germany

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