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Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:31 am

Greetings,

Why would a plane have this flight path?

https://www.flightradar24.com/NASA747/119dbe6e

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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by Pseudobabble » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:45 am

retrofuturist wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:31 am
Greetings,

Why would a plane have this flight path?

https://www.flightradar24.com/NASA747/119dbe6e

Metta,
Paul. :)
That's fecking bizarre. It has no listed destination...
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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:59 am

Greetings,

Looks like this is what it is...

SOFIA to Study Southern Skies in New Zealand

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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by Mr Man » Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:59 am

Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
The SOFIA aircraft is a modified Boeing 747SP widebody (serial number 21441, line number 306; registration N747NA; callsign NASA747)[12] with a distinguished history.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratosph ... _Astronomy

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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by Pseudobabble » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:09 am

"Does Master Gotama have any position at all?"

"A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. What a Tathagata sees is this: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is feeling, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is perception...such are fabrications...such is consciousness, such its origination, such its disappearance.'" - Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta


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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by JamesTheGiant » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:12 am

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Wow thats a big hole in de plane! Science is cool. Thanks Retro, interesting.
2560px-SOFIA_ED10-0182-01_full.jpg

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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by mikenz66 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:13 am

Yes. SOFIA has been coming here for several years, and there was an earlier version (Kuiper) before that.

The telescope only has up-down control:

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So they have to design the flight path to do the left-right pointing...

They fly in the Northern and Southern winters. Since the US uses NZ for it's Antarctic operations, it's natural for SOFIA to be here as they already have the infrastructure.

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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by JamesTheGiant » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:16 am

Retro, just out of interest, what were you browsing aircraft flight tracks for? How did you come across this? :shrug:

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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by mikenz66 » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:23 am

This?

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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:25 am

Greetings James,
JamesTheGiant wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:16 am
Retro, just out of interest, what were you browsing aircraft flight tracks for? How did you come across this? :shrug:
On Twitter I follow... https://twitter.com/CivMilAir

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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by retrofuturist » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:27 am

Greetings Mike,
mikenz66 wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:23 am
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I see you've hacked my server!

:spy:

:computerproblem:

:toilet:

Metta,
Paul. :)
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"It is natural that one who knows and sees things as they really are is disenchanted and dispassionate." (AN 10.2)

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (Flannery O'Connor)

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Re: Odd question for Kiwi friends

Post by Justsit » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:46 pm

retrofuturist wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:25 am
On Twitter I follow... https://twitter.com/CivMilAir
Just passing through and checked out the twitter link. There's a photo of a huge US plane being refueled on flight, described as from Air Mobility Command at Dover AFB. I live about 10 miles from that base; the huge C5's shoot landings every Wednesday and they fly right over my house at a very low altitude. They're so big that on slow approach they look like they're barely moving and going to drop right out of the sky. It's hard to describe how immense those things look when they're right over your head. Also loud.

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