We Have Just Crossed the T-Minus 100 Day Milestone for Launch of Aquarius, the SSEP Mission 1 Payload to ISS

We did not want this milestone to go un-noticed.

UPDATE: All flight experiments for SSEP Mission 1 to ISS have now been selected, and NCESSE and NanoRacks are working hard to complete the final flight samples list (fluids and solids) to be flown by the student research teams. The list, due today to NanoRacks, will be forwarded to NASA Toxicology for formal Flight Safety Review. We are also working hard to secure all information for the formal announcement of the winning experiments here at the SSEP National Blog.

NCESSE and NanoRacks are reporting that all SSEP spaceflight operations are proceeding nominally, and we are go for launch to America’s National Laboratory in Low Earth Orbit. (See, We’ve been telling you this was all very real! Back to serious… )

Stay tuned for a blog post announcing the selected flight experiments and finalist honorary mentions. Please tell all interested parties (… say, your Mom, Dad, extended family, friends…) that this Blog will now be regularly reporting information on SSEP flight activities, and that they should subscribe for email notification of new posts. You can subscribe in the lower right column on this website’s home page.

A very happy holiday season to ALL researchers – literally thousands of student Principal Investigators, Co-Investigators and Collaborators, their wonderful teachers, their parents, and their communities.

Dr. Jeff Goldstein, NCESSE Center Director

Dr. Harri Vanhala, NCESSE Center Deputy-Director

Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director, NanoRacks




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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.