WATCH LIVE: Flight of SSEP M10 Casper, Launching on SpaceX CRS-11, Today, June 1, 2017, 5:55 pm EDT

To readers – if you would like to wish the Mission 10 to ISS student researchers, their teachers, and their communities good luck on the launch today of their experiments on SpaceX CRS-11 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, you are invited to leave a comment below:)

On July 18, 2016, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40, in Florida, carrying the Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station for the company’s ninth commercial resupply mission. Aboard was the SSEP Mission 8 Kitty Hawk experiments payload, which astronauts operated until it return to Earth on August 26, 2016.    Photo-credit: NASA/Tony Gray CLICK FOR ZOOM

 

The SSEP Mission 10 to ISS flight experiments payload Casper is scheduled to launch today, Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 5:55 pm ET from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, aboard SpaceX CRS-11. If there is a scrub, NASA will recycle to Saturday, June 3, 2017, with launch at 5:07 pm ET.

The launch will be covered live on NASA TV, and we have provided a video portal below if you’d like to watch right here on the SSEP National Program website. Also below is the May 25, 2017, NASA Media Advisory which provides NASA TV live coverage times for both launch, and arrival at Station on Sunday, June 4.

In addition, SpaceX will have a live webcast of the launch, and we have also provided a video portal for the SpaceX webcast below.

A heartfelt congratulations to all 48 student researchers comprising the 11 SSEP Mission 10 flight teams – we are all very proud of you.

To SSEP Mission 11 flight teams – consider this a dry run for launch of M11 America on SpaceX CRS-12  later this year. SSEP – real spaceflight all the time. That’s what we promised.

As of this writing, we are at T-minus 6 Hours 48 minutes and counting. Godspeed Dragon. See the countdown clock in the right column.

Dr. Jeff Goldstein
SSEP National Program Director
Center Director, Ntional Center for Earth and Space Science Education


Student Researchers Attending Launch at KSC – Available for Interview

There are 18 (of 48) SSEP student researchers traveling down for the launch of their experiments, representing 6 of the 11 Mission 10 communities: Camden, AR; the iLEAD Consortium, CA; Middletown, DE; University System of Maryland; Summit, NJ; and Houston, TX.


Mission 10 to ISS Historical Data
Number of Participating Communities: 11
Scope: 3,663 grade 5-16 students fully engaged in experiment design (includes undergraduate community at University of Maryland)
Number of student team proposals received: 685
Number of experiments selected for flight: 11, one for each community
Announcement of Opportunity: October 2, 2015
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: February 22 – April 22, 2016 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: May 26, 2016


MEDIA PACKAGE for Mission 10:  Downloadable Documents (PDFs)

Visit the SSEP Mission 10 Media Page

SSEP National Program Overview for Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill

SSEP Mission 10 Impact Profile

Mission 10 Communities  Map

Mission 10 Flight Experiments Summary Table

Mission 10 Flight Experiments: Research Teams and Experiment Descriptions – an experiment-by-experiment summary including community, school, grade level, research team (PIs, Co-Is and Collaborators), and experiment abstract

 

WATCH LIVE ON THIS NASA TV PORTAL  
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#.Ux37dCjn1sQ

 

WATCH THE SPACEX LIVE WEBCAST ON THIS VIDEO PORTAL  
http://www.spacex.com/webcast

May 25, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-063
NASA to Air Launch of Next International Space Station Resupply Mission

 

NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its eleventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 5:55 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 1. Launch coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 5:15 p.m., followed by the post-launch news conference at 7:30 p.m.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will liftoff on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying almost 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of Expedition 52 and 53 crew members. The unpressurized trunk of the spacecraft also will transport solar panels, tools for Earth-observation and equipment to study neutron stars.

About 10 minutes after launch, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit. It then will deploy its solar arrays and begin a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings to reach the space station. When it arrives to the space station, Expedition 52 Flight Engineers Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson of NASA will grapple Dragon.

Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, June 4, on NASA TV, with installation coverage set to begin at 11:30 a.m. If the launch does not occur on June 1, the next launch opportunity is 5:07 p.m. Saturday, June 3, with NASA TV coverage starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Dragon spacecraft will remain at the space station until approximately July 2, when it will return to Earth with research and return cargo in a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Baja California.

Media at Kennedy will have the opportunity to participate in special tours and briefings May 31 and June 1, as well as view the launch. The deadline for media to apply for accreditation for this launch has passed, but for more information about media accreditation, contact Jennifer Horner at 321-867-6598 or jennifer.p.horner@nasa.gov.

This will be the 100th launch, and sixth SpaceX launch, from this pad. Previous launches include 11 Apollo flights, the launch of the unmanned Skylab in 1973, 82 shuttle flights and five SpaceX launches.

For an updated schedule of prelaunch briefings, events and NASA TV coverage, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/spacex-crs-11-briefings-and-events

Learn more about the SpaceX CRS-11 mission at:

https://www.nasa.gov/spacex

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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.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space MuseumCenter for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and Subaru of America, Inc., are U.S. National Partners on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Magellan Aerospace is a Canadian National Partner on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

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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.