Webinar Covering SSEP and CREST-1 Payload, Thursday, July 22, 1:00 PM ET

To all representatives of school districts and schools interested in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) opportunity aboard STS-134, the flight of Endeavour 26 February 2011, you are invited to take part in a webinar.

Below is the webinar announcement from American Aeropace Advisors. I will be presenting the agenda item on SSEP.

Best wishes,

Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Director
Center Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Explore the Center http://ncesse.org and our Programs http://ncesse.org/programs

Reservations are now being accepted on the first Commercial Reusable Experiments for Science & Technology (CREST-1) mission, scheduled to fly aboard the historic last scheduled Space Shuttle flight STS-134, launching 2011 February 26.

The CREST-1 mission provides investigators with several flight-proven, miniature laboratories that are capable of simultaneously accommodating up to 120 separate investigations. By distributing the cost of the mission across numerous experiments, meaningful scientific research can be performed at exceptionally low prices.

This on-orbit research opportunity is provided by AAAI through NanoRacks LLC, which has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to develop utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

The mini-labs being flown have been successfully utilized on past space shuttle missions for professional research in protein crystal growth, cell biology, zeolite crystal growth, collagen assembly, fluid sciences, thin film membrane casting, micro-encapsulation of drugs, industrial processes, and other applications. They have also been used for a broad array of student experiments at the middle and high school level in areas such as: seed germination; growth, reproduction, and response of organisms; cell biology; and fluid sciences (see, e.g.: http://www.itaspace.com/students.html)

This is a time-critical opportunity: act now to participate in the historic, last scheduled Space Shuttle flight.

Additional information on CREST-1: http://www.american-aerospace.net/crest1.html


On Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. ET, American Aerospace Advisors Inc. (AAAI) will host a live Webinar on the CREST-1 Program (http://www.american-aerospace.net/crest1.html).

The Webinar is open to representatives of school districts and individual schools in the U.S., and higher education and commercial research communities around the world.

WEBINAR REGISTRATION: http://www.american-aerospace.net/crest_register.html


Hosted by Dr. Bob Twiggs of Morehead State University, the Webinar is scheduled to last 30 minutes, followed by an open question and answer period. The Webinar will cover the following items:

1. CREST-1 Program Overview

2. Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) for grade 5-12: http://ssep.ncesse.org/

3. CREST University Student Spaceflight Program (CUSSP): DOWNLOAD the CUSSP Description PDF

4. Proven Flight Hardware:

a. Materials Dispersion Apparatus: DOWNLOAD the MDA Description PDF, and visit the MDA Description page at the SSEP Website.

b. Liquid Mixing Apparatus: DOWNLOAD the LMA Description PDF

5. Today’s Special Topic: Cell Biology

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The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.