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Students demonstrate how they polished mirrors for STARSHINE are among dozens of students teams.

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Washington, DC, United States

Students Scott Kerley and Bryan Geer demonstrate how they polished mirrors for STARSHINE, a student spacecraft built by the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. The two seventh graders at McNair Magnet School, Cocoa Beach, Fla., are among dozens of students teams of elementary, middle and high school students who have polished nearly nine hundred of the one-inch mirrors and returned them to Utah for coating with a protective transparent layer of Silicon Dioxide at Hill Air Force Base. The mirrors are being mounted on the surface of the spacecraft. STARSHINE is being deployed into a highly inclined low-earth orbit from a Hitchhiker canister on mission STS-96, targeted to launch May 20. After deployment from the Shuttle in May, the spacecraft will reflect flashes of sunlight to observers on the earth during the mission. This twinkling satellite will be naked-eye visible against the star background for about six months during recurring morning and evening twilight periods to student observers around the world

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  • Title: Students demonstrate how they polished mirrors for STARSHINE are among dozens of students teams.
  • Location: Cocoa beach, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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