By HAB Journalism Team
August of this year, Silverton will become a prime viewing location for the first total eclipse since June 8, 1918. The eclipse will be passing over the entirety of the United States and our high school has been selected to gather data concerning the event for NASA. The project, led by Astronomy director Creighton Helms, has split students into several specific groups in order to efficiently collect and show data; these groups including build, launch, chase, journalism, and representative teams. The students are currently constructing a high altitude balloon, complete with a camera system. Several test launches are scheduled to take place at a few outlining elementary schools leading up the eclipse in August.