Trudy E. Bell, M.A.
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Wildflowers of the southwest
Human costs of fracking
The secret life of insects
Victoria, Australia
Death Valley
Ohio River floodwall murals
NASA's new airborne observatory SOFIA
Bicycling the C&O Canal towpath
Weather and atmospheric optics
Portrait photography
Black and white film photography
Science Education Summit
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NASA's new Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is just now (2011) beginning its full-up science research missions. In March 2010, on assignment from Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine, I visited SOFIA at NASA Dryden, both in Palmdale (where I was able to walk around inside the then-still-unfinished aircraft) and on Edward Air Force Base (where I captured this image of the mission controllers during a test flight - SOFIA itself is on the largest monitor). One article "Major Surgery" on the aeronautical engineering backstory of heavily modifying a 747SP to airlift a 106-inch telescope was published in Air & Space/Smithsonian and another article on how the 106-inch telescope was designed - including shedding 80+ percent of its mass - to be carried at 41,000+ feet appeared in The Bent.

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