Critical Update for SSEP on STS-135: New Harvesting of Experiment Samples Page

NCESSE, in concert with ITA and NanoRacks, has carefully defined the milestones and specifications for the harvesting of experiment samples and their return to the SSEP Student Teams flying samples on STS-135. The milestones reflect the extension of the mission by one day, as announced yesterday, with the landing of Atlantis now scheduled to take place at 5:56 am EDT on Thursday, July 21.

All Student Teams and Teacher Facilitators are asked to immediately review the new STS-135 Harvesting of Experiment Samples page. It can always be accessed through the “Current Flight Opportunities” button in the navigation banner at the top of any SSEP web page.

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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.