An Introduction to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)
The interview below aired live on NASA TV on January 9, 2014, during the launch of Orbital Sciences 1 (Orb-1) out of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), Wallops Island, Virginia. Aboard the Cygnus spacecraft were the 23 SSEP experiments comprising the Mission 3b Falcon II payload and Mission 4 Orion payload. These 23 experiments represented the culmination of 8,700 students across 23 communities fully immersed in microgravity experiment design and 1,841 flight experiment proposals submitted by student teams.
The interview below provides an excellent overview of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program from Dr. Jeff Goldstein, the program’s creator and director. The backdrop for this interview provides a powerful sense that communities participating in this program are very much a part of America’s and Canada’s Space Program. This is real immersion in real science on the frontiers of human exploration.
Is your community up to the challenge?
NASA TV LIVE – January 9, 2014
Mission Control, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston
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 NanoRacks LLC, 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.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and Subaru of America, Inc. are National Partners on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.