SpaceX Launch with SSEP Aquarius Payload Now Scheduled for May 7, 2012, 9:38 am EDT

The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft and the SSEP Aquarius payload has been rescheduled for May 7, 2012, 9:38 am EDT. The launch date and time can be found on this NASA page.

NCESSE is now contacting the 12 SSEP delegations originally scheduled to attend the April 30 launch so that we can rapidly assess with the Nebraska Space Grant Consortium, our National Partner on launch planing, how many attendees are able to change their travel plans and attend the May 7 launch. These are delegations from:

San Marino, CA
Washington, DC
Lake County, IN
Ida County, IA
Charles County, MD
Fitchburg, MA
Norris, NE
Houston, TX
Presidio, TX
Nebraska Space Grant Consortium
Indiana Space Grant Consortium

NOTE: If you are not part of a delegation above, were unable to attend the April 30 launch, but would now like to attend the May 7 launch, please contact us.

NOTE: We have now updated the Launch Viewing Plans for SpaceX Dragon page. All interested in attending the May 7 launch should review this updated 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.