Author Archive | Jeff Goldstein

New STEM Opportunity – Permanently Install a Voyage Scale Model of the Solar System in Your Community as a Focal Point for STEM Education

Download a PDF of this Press Release After reading this Press Release, explore the Voyage National Program Website, and the Available Exhibitions page Voyage Mark II Exhibition Available for Permanent Installation Summer 2021 Opportunity for a Community to Engage Students, Families, and the Public at Large in an Outdoor STEM Experience in the Space Sciences For Immediate Release […]

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UPDATE – No you didn’t miss it – NEW SPACE-X 21 LAUNCH DATE, 11:17 am ET, SUNDAY December 6, 2020

  The launch of SpaceX CRS-21, carrying the SSEP Mission 14 Apollo payload of experiments, is now scheduled for launch today, Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 11:17 am ET. Schedule of Events – Sunday, December 6 9:45-10:15 am ET – Presentation by Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP National Program Director  [bio]  10:45 am ET – NASA TV live […]

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WATCH LIVE: Flight of SSEP Mission 14 ‘Apollo’, Launching on SpaceX CRS-21, Saturday, December 5, 2020, 11:39 am ET

Information to be determined is in RED TEXT below. Information that has changed since this post went live on December 3 is in GREEN TEXT below. Last update of this page: December 6, 2020, 7:45 am ET   NOTE: All dates and times below have now been updated to reflect the launch delay from 12/5/20 to […]

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THE SOLUTION to the Mission 15 Student Challenge: Understanding Weightlessness – You Want Me to Take a Bathroom Scale Where?

To teachers starting Mission 15 to ISS, this challenge was posted on Monday, September 28, 2020. It is designed to help you get your students immersed in Mission 15 microgravity experiment design by first exploring with them the concept of microgravity (the technical term for the phenomenon of ‘weightlessness’). As promised, here is the solution to the Challenge. […]

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To All Student Researchers Now Engaged in SSEP Mission 15 to ISS – A Challenge for the Start of Program: Understanding Weightlessness – You Want Me to Take a Bathroom Scale Where?

 To all SSEP Mission 15 student microgravity researchers, just before his return to Earth on Soyuz 33S, on May 13, 2013, Expedition 35 International Space Station Commander and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield – the first Canadian to walk in space –released this video. Watch Chris (and his guitar) and see what weightlessness looks like. When watching this movie you’re […]

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Help Select the Two Official Mission Patches for SSEP Mission 14 to ISS – You’re Invited to Vote for Your Favorite Patch Through September 28, 2020

If you are new to the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) you’re invited to read the Home Page, which is an Executive Summary of the program.   Students, teachers, family members, and other stakeholders across your community are invited to select the two Official Mission Patches for SSEP Mission 14 to the International Space Station (ISS). Replicas of these patches will be […]

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SSEP Teachable Moment – WATCH LIVE – Video of Earth from the International Space Station, with Music

  To Teachers:  you can pass this post on to your students as a home activity, so they can watch live video of the Earth from the International Space Station. Feedback on this Teachable Moment is welcome. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the post.  Concepts addressed: Physics and Space: a spacecraft in Low Earth […]

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SSEP Teachable Moment – Where Above the Earth is the International Space Station Right Now?

  To Teachers:  you can pass this post on to your students as a home activity, so they can track the International Space Station as it flies over the surface of Earth.   Feedback on this Teachable Moment is welcome. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the post.  Concepts addressed: Physics and Space: characteristics […]

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WATCH LIVE: 8:00 PM ET, TONIGHT, 4/30/20: Virtual Concert Hosted by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – “Space Songs: Through the Distance”, with Sting

To all SSEP communities – we understand this is very late notice, but we just found out about this remarkable space-oriented virtual concert. See the list of performers in the invitation below from the National Air and Space Museum, a National Partner on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. We hope you can still get word […]

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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.