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Inside Nasa's flying telescope for infrared astronomy

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Nasa has unveiled a powerful new tool in its quest to unravel the mysteries of the universe - a giant telescope mounted inside a jumbo jet called Sofia.

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy was developed by the US space agency in partnership with the German Aerospace Centre, DLR.

Peter Bowes has been to see Sofia, inside a hanger in Southern California's high desert.

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