NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy or SOFIA mission

Monday, October 04, 2021 - 6:00pm

On Monday, October 4 we welcome Dr. Randolf Klein from NASA Ames research center in Mountain View. He will discuss the fascinating mission and discoveries of the SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) project.

Scientists using NASA’s telescope on an airplane, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, discovered water on a sunlit surface of the Moon for the first time. SOFIA is a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that allows astronomers to study the solar system and beyond in ways that are not possible with ground-based telescopes. Molecular water, H2O, was found in Clavius Crater, one of the largest craters visible from Earth in the Moon’s southern hemisphere. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places.

For anyone who is curious about NASA missions, astronomy, and the future of space exploration and technology, this Membership Monday program will be fascinating!

This is an online event held over Zoom video conference. $10 admission for general public / free for museum members.

Here is a quick video of the SOFIA Mission:

For more information about NASA's SOFIA mission:

You can track SOFIA on Flight Aware ( or other flight-tracking website. SOFIA's code is NASA747

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