The Herald reports:
For the next eight weeks, the unique aircraft and its Nasa crew of scientists, astronomers, mechanics and technicians will make up to two dozen 10-hour night scientific flights out of the US National Science Foundation's Antarctic Program facility at Christchurch International Airport.
Just shows how important New Zealand is as a location for space exploration and investigation.
The German-built 17-tonne telescope is a "wonder of engineering", he said, able to detect a small coin from as far as 200km away.
Even if you're not into space or scientific exploration, the above is still pretty awe-inspiring and shows that the only limit to our technology is probably our imagination.