STS-135 Experiment Details Finalized

NCESSE is pleased to announce that the SSEP teams flying experiments on STS-135 have finalized their experiment designs, and the final concentrations of all experiment samples, as well as other details of the experiments, have been approved by ITA and NanoRacks. The experiments are now ready for flight!

This week, the student teams are shipping their flight-ready samples to Kennedy Space Center, where the samples will be loaded into the MDA mini-lab starting on July 5. The following day, ITA will turn over the MDA, as part of the CREST DreamUp payload, to NASA for Shuttle integration. Two days later, on July 8, the experiments will head into space aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Congratulations to all STS-135 teams for their hard work in preparing their experiments for flight!

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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.