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Both the aircraft & instruments are going in for routine servicing & update in Germany. The aircraft servicing is being done by Lufthansa Technik & instruments by the German SOFIA institute.


View: https://twitter.com/SOFIA_DSI/status/1313441315292672005
 

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Maybe SOFIA pushed too far, when compared to the older KAO ?
 

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Announcement of lunar science results from SOFIA.

I’ve posted something about this in the Artemis thread as it seems related to that program as well.
 

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Yeah, a lot of articles have focussed on the "news about the moon" part and glossed over the specific platform, so I figured I'd highlight it here.

Good to have both, I think,.
 

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Yeah, a lot of articles have focussed on the "news about the moon" part and glossed over the specific platform, so I figured I'd highlight it here.

Good to have both, I think,.
Must be something related to making the Moon easier for human exploration I reckon, rather than they’ve found Moon men!
 

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I'm assuming lunar water ice, because it's the sort of thing SOFIA would be good at seeing. Plus that's the research topic of the scientist presenting the discovery.
 

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Hmmm... time for SOFIA to "redeem" itself after the scathing recent report... I wonder if it 100% a coincidence.

Bean counters "SOFIA sucks - can't produce enough good science, cost an arm and a leg"

NASA "SOFIA just helped confirm lunar water - making it useful to future Artemis missions ! Don't screw it !"
 

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Hmmm... time for SOFIA to "redeem" itself after the scathing recent report... I wonder if it 100% a coincidence.

Bean counters "SOFIA sucks - can't produce enough good science, cost an arm and a leg"

NASA "SOFIA just helped confirm lunar water - making it useful to future Artemis missions ! Don't screw it !"
TBH I couldn’t help thinking the same thing when I first heard about this.
 

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I'm assuming lunar water ice, because it's the sort of thing SOFIA would be good at seeing. Plus that's the research topic of the scientist presenting the discovery.

And confirmed. SOFIA specifically was able to confirm water rather than hydroxyl (-OH radical), ruling out the unlikely possibility that the previous water detections came from other hydroxyl-bearing compounds, rather than actual water:

 

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And guess where did they found water ? in Clavius crater ! The one where they found the monolith, in 2001. Amusing coincidence. Maybe they will found a black monolith there someday, looking for water...
 

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And guess where did they found water ? in Clavius crater ! The one where they found the monolith, in 2001. Amusing coincidence. Maybe they will found a black monolith there someday, looking for water...
Clavius was the base where we saw the Aries IV land. The site with the Monolith was designated TMA-1 for Tyco Magnetic Abnormality - 1. Remember these in that scene in the Moonbus? But, maybe that works better. With water nearby, that location (Clavius) becomes a considered location to build a base.
 

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D'ooh ! you are right of course !! the monolith was at Tycho, not Clavius. Silly me.
 

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Very sad news, but I can see NASAs point of shutting down SOFIA because of Hubble and Chandra, plus the soon to be launched James Webb Space Telescope will encroach on to SOFIAs main mission that of infrared astronomy.
 
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