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SOFIA Project Scientist Pamela Marcum Discusses Program, Recent Images
Using Ustream, SOFIA Program Scientist Pamela Marcum and SOFIA Public Affairs Officer Nicholas A. Veronico reviewed the SOFIA program to date during a 45-minute webchat. The webchat featured a short video describing the SOFIA modifications followed by Marcum's explanation of how the flying observatory works and the benefits of flying an infrared telescope. SOFIA infrared objects shown during the webchat include spectra of the Messier 17 (M17) nebula collected by the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT), images of the planet Jupiter, as well as photographs from the Faint Object InfraRed CAmera for the SOFIA Telescope (FORCAST) showing the Messier 82 (M82) galaxy and the Messier 42 (M42) region of the constellation Orion.