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Open telescope cavity door of NASA's flying observatory.

SOFIA 747SP open door flight fully exposes infrared telescope for the first time.

Movie Number   EM-0095-29
Movie Date   December 14, 2009
Formats   160x120 QuickTime Movie (3.7 MB)
320x240 QuickTime Movie (7.4 MB)
480x360 QuickTime Movie (11.1 MB)
640x480 QuickTime Movie (18.5 MB)
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This 102 second video clip shows the SOFIA 747SP open door flight fully exposing the infrared telescope for the first time.

Keywords   NASA's flying observatory, test flights, first in-flight fully opening of the telescope cavity door.
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