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Hitting Its Stride: SOFIA Prime Mission Highlights from Mars to High Redshift Galaxies

Dr. Kartik Sheth, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
When Feb 22, 2018
from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where USNO, Building 56, Large Conference Room
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Time:  10:30 (coffee/cookies);  Talk 11:00-12:00 Noon.

Abstract:  In this overview of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), I will describe the latest scientific discoveries of this unique flying observatory from observations of solar system bodies to the most distant galaxies, only two billion years after the Big Bang.  The talk will include an overview of the observatory’s capabilities, instrumentation as well as forthcoming opportunities for the scientific community such as new instrumentation, the call for proposals, support for thesis programs, etc.

Brief Bio:  Dr. Kartik Sheth is an observational astrophysicist whose research interest are in the area of extragalactic astrophysics.  After earning his PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Maryland, Dr. Sheth went to Caltech as a postdoctoral fellow working with the OVRO and CARMA array and then as a staff member as an instrument scientist for the Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) on NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.   He was a founding member of the COSMOS collaboration and the principal investigator for two Spitzer Legacy Surveys (S4G: Spitzer Survey of Stellar Structure in Galaxies, and S4: ETGs: Not Dead Yet?).  Then he went on to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia where he was an Associate Astronomer. At NRAO he was the Commissioning and Science Verification Liaison for ALMA as well as the Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  In 2015 he joined NASA HQ as a Program Scientist in the Astrophysics Division.  His portfolio includes SOFIA, Spitzer, the Origins Space Telescope Mission Concept study, NASA Hubble Fellowship Program, Discipline Scientist for Low Energy Astrophysics, Public Affairs and Communications.

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