Space Weather

Forty Thousand Children Help Build Space “Disco Ball”

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 3, 2001   View Article

Disco isn’t dead; it’s just gone high-tech—very high tech.

A 200-pound (90-kilogram) satellite covered in 1,500 mirrors hand-polished by schoolchildren around the world was launched into a low orbit at the weekend to measure the effects of solar storms on the density of Earth’s upper atmosphere.

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