Author Archive | Jeff Goldstein

THE SOLUTION to the Mission 16 Student Challenge: Understanding Weightlessness – You Want Me to Take a Bathroom Scale Where?

To teachers starting Mission 16 to ISS, this challenge was posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. It is designed to help you get your students immersed in Mission 16 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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SSEP Mission 16 to the International Space Station Has Begun: Welcome Aboard to 13,100 Participating Students Across 24 Communities in the U.S., Canada and Ukraine

  The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), and its international arm, the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, are honored to announce the start of program operations for Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 16 to the International Space Station (ISS) – the 18th SSEP flight opportunity since program inception […]

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To All Student Researchers Now Engaged in SSEP Mission 16 to ISS – A Challenge for the Start of the Program: Understanding Weightlessness – You Want Me to Take a Bathroom Scale Where?

 To all SSEP Mission 16 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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SSEP Mission 14 and 15 Experiments Launch on SpaceX-23, 3:14 am ET, August 30, 2021 – Astronauts Activate Experiments on International Space Station

To all communities that started Mission 16 to ISS on September 1, 2021, your experiments are next to launch in late Spring 2022. The SpaceX CRS-23 vehicle carrying experiments from the SSEP Apollo and Skylab payloads for Mission 14 and 15 to the International Space Station (ISS) blasted off from Space Launch Complex 39A (SLC-39A) at NASA’s […]

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WATCH LIVE: Flight of SSEP Mission 14 & 15 Experiments, Launching on SpaceX CRS-23, Saturday, August 28, 3:37 am ET

Caption: Five experiments from Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Missions 14 and 15 to the International Space Station are scheduled to launch aboard SpaceX-22 at 1:29 pm ET, June 3, 2021, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Seen above is SpaceX-21 docked at the International Space Station against the limb of Earth, SpaceX-21 launched […]

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WATCH LIVE: Flight of SSEP Mission 14 & 15 Experiments, Launching on SpaceX CRS-22, Thursday, June 3, 1:29 pm ET

Caption: Five experiments from Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Missions 14 and 15 to the International Space Station are scheduled to launch aboard SpaceX-22 at 1:29 pm ET, June 3, 2021, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Seen above is SpaceX-21 docked at the International Space Station against the limb of Earth, SpaceX-21 launched […]

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New Flight Opportunity for School Districts: Announcing Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Mission 16 to the International Space Station, Starting September 2021

Download PDF of this Press Release NASA Release 7/20/17: SSEP Wins Award for Research on International Space Station Video Clips describing SSEP: Clip 1 (NASA), Clip 2 (NASA) SSEP Showcased in Scientific American [Video] SSEP Showcased at Congressional Hearing, 11/5/19: STEM Impact in Era of Commercial Space After reading this Press Release, carefully read the SSEP Homepage that serves as an […]

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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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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.