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SOFIA's GREAT Spectrometer Collects First Imagery

Movie Number   EM-0095-31
Movie Date   April 6, 2011
Formats   854X480 QuickTime Movie (30 MB)
854X500 Closed Captioned QuickTime Movie (30 MB)
1280x720 QuickTime Movie (144 MB)
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The German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies, or GREAT, is a high-resolution far-infrared spectrometer that finely divides and sorts light into component colors for detailed analysis. Mounted on the 2.5-meter infrared telescope installed in the SOFIA flying observatory operated by NASA and German Aerospace Center, GREAT collected its first science spectra on April 6, 2011.
Total time: 2:41 minutes

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