Archive | February, 2015

For SSEP Mission 8 to ISS Student Researchers – A Challenge: Understanding Weightlessness – You Want Me to Take a Bathroom Scale Where?

This post is for teachers in the 14 communities across the U.S. and Canada starting SSEP Mission 8 to ISS this week. You are invited to use this challenge to get the nearly 4,000 students immersed in Mission 8 microgravity experiment design to start thinking about the concept of microgravity (often referred to as the […]

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For Mission 8 Communities Starting SSEP – NASA Pre-Flight Briefing with an SSEP Overview by Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Program Director

An Introduction to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 8 to the International Space Station (ISS) started Monday, February 23, 2015.. There are 14 participating communities in Mission 8 – 11 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada. Mission 8 to ISS is the tenth SSEP flight opportunity since program inception in 2010, just 4.5 […]

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LIVE COVERAGE: Be Part of the SSEP Adventure – Watch Spacewalks this Week at the International Space Station

International Space Station (ISS) Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore (USA) and Flight Engineer Terry Virts (USA) will be conducting three spacewalks this week and you can watch live on NASA TV, right here in the video window below. It is exciting to know that Commander Wilmore operated all 17 of the SSEP Mission 6 to ISS experiments […]

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The Tradition Continues – To 3,800 Students Now Starting SSEP Mission 8 to ISS, Welcome Aboard America’s and Canada’s Space Program, NASA Johnson Style

It’s now a space program tradition. Whenever we start a new SSEP flight opportunity, it’s time for NASA Johnson Style. It’s a video (see below) that will get students and teachers in the frame of mind to start Mission 8 to ISS. We want everyone to recognize that what they are about to embark upon […]

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Scientific American Showcases Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

Scientific American Frontiers for Young Minds just published an article on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Author Amanda Baker did a superb job capturing the objectives for SSEP in the context of STEM education and as an authentic immersion experience in research. SSEP is one of three competitions highlighted in the series Not Your […]

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Live Coverage: The Flight of Yankee Clipper 2 – SSEP Mission 6 Payload Returns to Earth Today, Unberth at ISS, 2:09 PM EST

The SSEP Mission 6 to ISS Yankee Clipper II payload of student experiments is set to return to Earth today aboard the SpaceX-5 Dragon spacecraft, the same vehicle that brought it to ISS on January 12, 2015. The fifth and final Crew Interactions with the Mission 6 experiments were carried out on February 8, 2015, […]

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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.