Ed White Middle School in Huntsville, Ala., will visit NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville to help produce some
of the mirrors for Starshine 3, a satellite which will eventually
resemble a high-tech disco ball and be placed into Earth orbit.
The sphere, which will be covered by hundreds of quarter-sized
mirrors that will reflect sunlight to observers on the ground,
will help students study the effect of solar activity on Earth's
atmosphere. Ed White is among 500 schools worldwide whose students
helped grind and polish mirrors for Starshine. Thursday, the local
students will watch NASA optics experts coat and seal the mirrors
which the students are contributing to the project.
Set for launch
Aug. 31, 2001, from Alaska, Starshine 3 will orbit the Earth for
several years. During this time, participating students will visually
track the satellite and report their findings on the project's