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Title: SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) and Planetary Science
Primary Author: Dana Backman
Secondary Author(s): N/A
Institution: SOFIA / SETI Institute
Date: March 5, 2009
Summary: This paper consists of the intro & observatory capabilities (ch. 1) plus the planetary science (ch. 5) portions of the SOFIA Science Vision doc pub. in 2009 as an update of the scientific case for SOFIA. D. Backman produced this extract; the original doc is authored by the SOFIA Science Team.
Panel Selection: Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon.
Giant Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and exoplanets, including rings and magnetic fields, but not their satellites.
Satellites: Galilean satellites, Titan, and the other satellites of the giant planets.
Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust.
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