A Model U.S. National STEM Education Initiative for Grades 5-16
to inspire the next generation
of America’s scientists and engineers

 


NEW SSEP FLIGHT OPPORTUNITY – Mission 17 to the International Space Station
Experiment Design Phase: Fall 2022; Flight to ISS: Late Spring 2023    

To explore this opportunity for your community – after carefully reading the SSEP Executive Summary below  set up a call or Zoom with Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP’s creator and National Program Director; Center Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.
jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org

Mission 17 Press Release (2/28/22)   Download: Press Release as PDF

[VIDEOS] SSEP Description: Clip 1 (NASA)Clip 2 (NASA)
[VIDEOS] SSEP Launch and On-Orbit Operations History
NASA Release 7/20/17: SSEP Wins Award for Research on International Space Station
[VIDEO]
SSEP Showcased at Congressional Hearing 11/5/19 – STEM in Era of Commercial Space
Scientific American feature article on SSEP: February 17, 2015

Mission 17 Downloads:
Mission 17 3-page Program Overview (MS Word)
Mission 17 PowerPoint
2-page SSEP Overview with Strategic Objectives, used for Congressional Briefings (PDF)


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    SSEP / International Space Station Multimedia (click on toggles below)

    ISS Current Location

    The ISS Current Location tracker above was developed by the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA’s Columbus laboratory is a component of the ISS. Visit the ESA website for more information on the tracker.

    HDEV Live View of Earth from ISS

    If the image is black, you may be using a less than optimal browser such as Safari (try Chrome), or ISS is on the night side of Earth. To check, use the ‘ISS Current Location’ above. Note: ISS orbits Earth in 90 minutes, with 45 minutes of daylight followed by 45 minutes of darkness.

    This high definition video of your world is being telemetered to Earth LIVE from the International Space Station. To determine what portion of Earth is in view, use the ‘ISS Current Location’ toggle above. We invite you to get into the spirit of exploration on the frontiers of space – select an audio file below, expand the HDEV video window to full screen, and look down from 250 miles above Earth’s surface. Suggestions for other audio tracks are welcome:)

    David Bowie’s Space Oddity, sung by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield on ISS (watch his video)

    Superman

    Star Trek TNG

    About HDEV, from NASA: The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. HDEV includes four fixed cameras positioned to capture imagery of the Earth’s surface and its limb as seen from the ISS – one camera pointing in the direction the station is moving, two cameras aft (wake), and one camera pointing straight down at Earth (nadir). While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence though the different cameras. Between camera switches, a gray and then black color slate will briefly appear. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit this NASA webpage.

    Twitter Feed with Images from Astronauts Currently Aboard ISS


    Spot the Station: When Will ISS Fly Over Your Town?

    You may not know this, but the International Space Station is the second brightest object in the night sky after the Moon, and has been flying over your head in plain sight (and likely unnoticed) for many years. NASA’s Spot the Station website has been allowing the general public to determine when Station will be flying overhead, and even allows you to sign up for email notification in advance of a Station over-flight of your community.

    In late 2015, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education suggested to NASA Headquarters that a Spot the Station widget, which could be easily embedded on any website, would be a wonderful way to extend ISS public awareness. The widget below was the result, and you’ll note that it is also found in the right column on all main pages of this SSEP website.

    You are invited to use the widget to explore Station over-flights of your community, and even embed this widget on your website by clicking on the “About” button in the widget.


     

    Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133, Rolls Out to the Launch Pad, November 21, 2010 CLICK FOR ZOOM

    On this SSEP Community Network Hubsite you can learn about the 203 communities across the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Ukraine that have been engaged in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), and the over 1,370 organizational partners at the local level thus far (through Mission 16).

    Note this Hubsite is a separate web environment from the SSEP Main Website which is where you’ll find a detailed overview of the SSEP, how to participate, and all the needed programmatic resources. This Hubsite is where we celebrate the communities—the tens of thousands of students, their teachers, and their families—engaged in this remarkable adventure on the high frontier.

    All Hubsite pages are directly accessible from the navigation banner at the top of this page. Here you can read Community Profiles for each participating community and see the Local Partners that made their participation possible, explore the Experiments Selected for Flight, and see the student-designed Mission Patches that accompanied the experiments into orbit. At this Hubsite you can also explore the In Our Own Words page if you’d like to hear from participating students, teachers, and district administrators, and can read the SSEP in the News page for extensive media coverage of the program. You can also watch oral presentations by student researcher teams at the SSEP National Conference on the Scientific Return and Reporting pages. Finally, follow all SSEP program activities at the SSEP National Blog (you can subscribe to the Blog at the bottom of the right column on the SSEP Main Website.)

    Think of this Hubsite as the Grand Central Station for all the students, teachers, families, and communities engaged in SSEP—a program that was designed to be a keystone initiative for U.S. National STEM education, and to inspire America’s next generation of scientists and engineers.


    The Community Network – Communities Participating in SSEP Since Program Inception in June 2010

    The map provides the location of the 203 communities that have participated in the 18 SSEP flight opportunities to date (through Mission 16 to ISS), and which comprise the SSEP Community Network. To date, 62 communities have now participated in at least 2 – and as many as 9 – flight opportunities, reflecting the sustainable nature of the program.


    A Community that has taken part in one SSEP Flight Opportunity to date: Yellow
    A Community that has taken part in more than one SSEP Flight Opportunity to date: Green
    View the SSEP Communities on a larger map
    *The ‘Teachers in Space’ geographically distributed community (participating in Missions 3 and 5) is not shown on the map.

    Open to See a List of Participating Communities for Each SSEP Flight Opportunity to Date

    The lists below provide links to the Community Profiles for each community, and links to all active SSEP Community Blogs that are created and operated by the communities, where teachers and students report on their local SSEP program activities.

    Communities listed in Green below have participated in more than one SSEP Flight Opportunity.

    STS-134 Participating Communities

    1. Shelton, Connecticut Profile
    2. Broward County, Florida Profile
    3. Orange County, Florida Profile
    4. Lincolnwood, Illinois Profile
    5. Jefferson County, Kentucky (1) Profile
    6. Zachary, Louisiana Profile
    7. Saint Mary’s County, Maryland Profile
    8. Harry A. Burke High School, Omaha, Nebraska Profile
    9. Omaha North High Magnet School, Omaha, Nebraska Profile
    10. Central Consolidated School District, New Mexico Profile
    11. Ballston Spa, New York Profile
    12. Guilford County, North Carolina (1) Profile
    13. Portland, Oregon Profile
    14. El Paso, Texas (1) Profile
    15. Canyons School District, Utah Profile
    16. Seattle, Washington Profile

     

    STS-135 Participating Communities

    1. Peoria, Arizona Profile
    2. Hartford, Connecticut (1) Profile
    3. Chicago, Illinois (1) Profile
    4. Crown Point, Indiana (1) Profile
    5. Galva-Holstein (Ida County), Iowa (1) Profile
    6. Charles County, Maryland (1) Profile
    7. Fitchburg, Massachusetts (1) Profile
    8. Potter and Dix, Nebraska Profile
    9. Lincoln, Nebraska Profile
    10. Bridgewater-Raritan, New Jersey Profile
    11. Inwood, New York Profile

     

    Mission 1 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. San Marino, California (1) Profile
    2. West Hills, California Profile
    3. Hartford, Connecticut (2) Profile
    4. Washington, DC – Capitol Hill Cluster of Schools (1) Profile
    5. Lake County (includes Crown Point), Indiana (2) Profile
    6. Ida County, Iowa (2) Profile
    7. Charles County, Maryland (2) Profile
    8. Fitchburg, Massachusetts (2) Profile
    9. Pleasanton and Norris, Nebraska (1) Profile
    10. Cincinnati, Ohio Profile
    11. Houston, Texas – Johnston Middle School (1) Profile
    12. El Paso, Texas (2) Profile

     

    Mission 2 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Santa Monica, California (1) Profile
    2. East Lyme, Connecticut (1) Profile
    3. Chicago, Illinois (2) Profile
    4. Cicero, Illinois Profile
    5. Fitchburg, Massachusetts (3) Profile
    6. Pennsauken, NJ (1) Profile
    7. Guilford County, North Carolina (2) Profile
    8. Houston, Texas – Johnston Middle School (2) Profile
    9. Presidio, Texas Profile
    10. Russell County, Virginia Profile
    11. Shoreline, Washington Profile

     

    Mission 3 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Teachers in Space, Space Frontier Foundation (1) Profile
    2. Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada (1) Profile
    3. San Marino, California (2) Profile
    4. Washington, DC – Capitol Hill Cluster of Schools (2) Profile
    5. Hilo/Waiakea, Hawai’i Profile
    6. Valley Center, Kansas Profile
    7. Howard County, Maryland (1) Profile
    8. Fitchburg, Massachusetts (4) Profile
    9. Traverse City, Michigan (1) Profile
    10. Pleasanton and Callaway, Nebraska (2) Profile
    11. Alpine, New Jersey Profile
    12. Pennsauken, New Jersey (2) Profile
    13. New York City, New York – NEST+m (1) Profile
    14. Guilford County, North Carolina (3) Profile
    15. Salem, Oregon Profile
    16. Willis, Texas Profile
    17. Wise County, Virginia Profile

     

    Mission 4 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Highlands Ranch, Colorado Profile
    2. Indiana State Science Consortium (incl. Crown Pt), IN (3) Profile
    3. Huron County, Michigan Profile
    4. Warren, Michigan Profile
    5. New York City, New York – Children’s First Network Profile
    6. Rochester, New York (1) Profile
    7. Downingtown, Pennsylvania Profile
    8. Jamestown, Pennsylvania Profile
    9. North Charleston, South Carolina (1) Profile
    10. Hayes County, Texas Profile
    11. Pharr, Texas (1) Profile

     

    Mission 5 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Teachers in Space Inc. and Space Frontier Foundation (2) Profile
    2. Flagstaff, Arizona Profile
    3. Santa Rosa, California Profile
    4. Washington, DC – Cesar Chavez Charter School Cluster Profile
    5. Hillsborough County, Florida (1) Profile
    6. Jefferson County, Kentucky (2) Profile
    7. Howard County, Maryland (2) Profile
    8. Fitchburg, Massachusetts (5) Profile
    9. North Attleborough, Massachusetts Profile
    10. Kansas City, Missouri (1) Profile
    11. Brookhaven, Mississippi (1) Profile
    12. Pennsauken, New Jersey (3) Profile
    13. New York City, New York – NEST+m (2) Profile
    14. Rockland County, New York Profile
    15. Guilford, County, North Carolina (4) Profile

     

    Mission 6 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Kamloops/Thompson, British Columbia, Canada Profile
    2. Oakland, California Profile
    3. San Marino, California (3) Profile
    4. Washington, DC – DC Space Grant University Community Profile
    5. Plaquemine, Louisiana Profile
    6. Kalamazoo, Michigan Profile
    7. Madison Heights, Michigan Profile
    8. Kansas City, Missouri (2) Profile
    9. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey Profile
    10. Long Branch, New Jersey Profile
    11. Ocean City, New Jersey (1) Profile
    12. Flushing, New York Profile
    13. Colleton County, South Carolina Profile
    14. North Charleston, South Carolina (2) Profile
    15. Knox County, Tennessee (1) Profile
    16. Somerville, Tennessee Profile
    17. Rockwall County, Texas Profile
    18. San Antonio, Texas – Northside ISD (1) Profile

     

    Mission 7 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. La Verne, California (1) Profile
    2. Petaluma, California Profile
    3. Santa Monica, California (2) Profile
    4. Littleton, Colorado Profile
    5. Hartford, Connecticut (3) Profile
    6. Bear, Delaware Profile
    7. Camden, Delaware Profile
    8. Hillsborough County, Florida (2) Profile
    9. Sioux City, Iowa Profile  
    10. Fitchburg, Massachusetts (6) Profile
    11. Duluth, Minnesota Profile
    12. Brookhaven, Mississippi (2) Profile
    13. Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas (3) Profile
    14. Johnson County, Nebraska Profile
    15. Pennsauken, New Jersey (4) Profile
    16. Somerset, New Jersey Profile
    17. West Fargo, North Dakota Profile
    18. Grant County, Oregon Profile
    19. Erie, Pennsylvania Profile
    20. Knox County, Tennessee (2) Profile
    21. Austin, Texas Profile
    22. Burleson, Texas (1) Profile
    23. Pharr, Texas (2) Profile
    24. San Antonio, Texas – Northside ISD (2) Profile

     

    Mission 8 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Calgary, Alberta, Canada  – Bishop Carroll HS Profile
    2. Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Ryerson University Profile
    3. Toronto, Ontario, Canada – University of Toronto Schools Profile
    4. Santa Ana, California Profile
    5. Vista, California (1) Profile
    6. Dover, Delaware – Delaware State University Profile
    7. Boise, Idaho Profile
    8. Montgomery County, Maryland (1) Profile
    9. Prince George’s County, Maryland Profile
    10. Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas (4) Profile
    11. Elizabeth, New Jersey Profile
    12. New York City, New York – Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Profile
    13. New York City, New York – NEST+m (3) Profile
    14. Suffolk County, New York (1) Profile

     

    Mission 9 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Langevin School Profile
    2. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Profile
    3. Santa Monica, California (3) Profile
    4. East Lyme, CT (2) Profile
    5. Hillsborough County, Florida (3) Profile
    6. Boise, Idaho Profile
    7. Potomac, Maryland Profile
    8. Fitchburg, Massachusetts (7) Profile
    9. Traverse City, Michigan (2) Profile
    10. Jersey City, New Jersey Profile
    11. Springfield, New Jersey (1) Profile
    12. WNY STEM – Buffalo/Niagara, New York (1) Profile
    13. Eugene, Oregon Profile
    14. Columbia, South Carolina Profile
    15. North Charleston, South Carolina (3) Profile
    16. Knox County, Tennessee (3) Profile
    17. Bullard, Texas Profile
    18. Burleson, Texas (2) Profile
    19. Houston, Texas – Cesar Chavez HS Profile
    20. McAllen, Texas Profile
    21. Bellevue, Washington (1) Profile

     

    Mission 10 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Camden, Arkansas Profile
    2. Elk Grove, California Profile
    3. iLEAD Consortium, California (1) Profile
    4. Lennox, California Profile
    5. Middletown, Delaware Profile
    6. Lansing, Kansas Profile
    7. University System of Maryland (USM), Maryland (1) Profile
    8. Clark County, Nevada (1) Profile
    9. Summit, New Jersey Profile
    10. Houston, Texas – Harmony Public Schools Profile
    11. San Antonio, Texas – Southside ISD (1) Profile

     

    Mission 11 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada (1) Profile
    2. Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada (2) Profile
    3. iLEAD Consortium, California (2) Profile
    4. North Hollywood, California (1) Profile
    5. Santa Monica, California (4) Profile
    6. Vista, California (2) Profile
    7. Bridgeport, Connecticut – Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Campus Profile
    8. East Hartford, Connecticut Profile
    9. Hillsborough County, Florida (4) Profile
    10. University System of Maryland (USM), Maryland (2) Profile
    11. Fitchburg, Massachusetts (8) Profile
    12. Galloway, New Jersey – Stockton University (1) Profile
    13. Springfield, New Jersey (2) Profile
    14. Waterford, New Jersey Profile
    15. Rochester, New York (2) Profile
    16. Concord, North Carolina Profile
    17. Knox County, Tennessee (4) Profile
    18. Burleson, Texas (3) Profile
    19. Lewisville, Texas Profile
    20. Pharr, Texas (3) Profile
    21. San Antonio, Texas – Southside ISD (2) Profile

     

    Mission 12 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Sao Paulo, Brazil (1) Profile
    2. Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Profile
    3. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Profile
    4. Winfield, Alabama (1) Profile
    5. Corcoran, California (1) Profile
    6. Moreno Valley, California (1) Profile
    7. Riverside, California (1) Profile
    8. Sanger, California Profile
    9. San Jose, California Profile
    10. Bridgeport, Connecticut – University of Bridgeport Profile
    11. Stamford, Connecticut (1) Profile
    12. Hillsborough County, Florida (5) Profile
    13. Port St. Lucie, Florida (1) Profile
    14. Jackson County, Georgia Profile
    15. Honolulu, Hawaii Profile
    16. Indianapolis, Indiana Profile
    17. University System of Maryland (USM), Maryland (3) Profile
    18. Kalamazoo & Detroit – Michigan Archdiocese, Michigan (2) Profile
    19. East Orange, New Jersey Profile
    20. Galloway, New Jersey – Stockton University (2) Profile
    21. Springfield, New Jersey (3) Profile
    22. Belen, New Mexico Profile
    23. WNY STEM – Buffalo/Niagara, New York (2) Profile
    24. Sumter, South Carolina (1) Profile
    25. Knox County, Tennessee (5) Profile
    26. Brazosport, Texas Profile
    27. Burleson, Texas (4) Profile
    28. Ector County, Texas (1) Profile
    29. Fort Bend, Texas Profile
    30. Pharr, Texas (4) Profile
    31. iForward – Grantsburg, Wisconsin (1) Profile

     

    Mission 13 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Sao Paulo, Brazil (2) Profile
    2. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (1) Profile
    3. Qualicum, British Columbia Canada Profile
    4. Winfield, Alabama (2) Profile
    5. Corcoran, California (2) Profile
    6. La Verne, California (2) Profile
    7. Moreno Valley, California (2) Profile
    8. North Hollywood, California (2) Profile
    9. Riverside, California (2) Profile
    10. Ashford/Willington, Connecticut Profile
    11. Hillsborough County, Florida (6) Profile
    12. Port St. Lucie, Florida (2) Profile
    13. Berea, Kentucky Profile
    14. Anne Arundel County, Maryland (1) Profile
    15. Montgomery County, Maryland (2) Profile
    16. University System of Maryland (USM), Maryland (4) Profile
    17. Fitchburg, Massachusetts (9) Profile
    18. Redford, Michigan Profile
    19. Traverse City, Michigan (3) Profile
    20. Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas (5) Profile
    21. Clark County, Nevada (2) Profile
    22. Galloway, New Jersey – Stockton University (3) Profile
    23. Ocean City, New Jersey (2) Profile
    24. Springfield, New Jersey (4) Profile
    25. Jefferson County, New York Profile
    26. Suffolk County, New York (2) Profile
    27. WNY STEM – Buffalo/Niagara, New York (3) Profile
    28. Hunter, North Dakota Profile
    29. Hershey, Pennsylvania Profile
    30. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – University of Pittsburgh (1) Profile
    31. Knox County, Tennessee (6) Profile
    32. Burleson, Texas (5) Profile
    33. Ector County, Texas (2) Profile
    34. Klein, Texas Profile
    35. Marfa, Texas Profile
    36. Pharr, Texas (5) Profile
    37. Raleigh County, West Virginia Profile
    38. iForward – Grantsburg, Wisconsin (2) Profile

     

    Mission 14 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Sao Paulo, Brazil (3) Profile
    2. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (2) Profile
    3. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Profile
    4. Winfield, Alabama (3) Profile
    5. Buckeye, Arizona Profile
    6. Corcoran, California (3) Profile
    7. Moreno Valley, California (3) Profile
    8. Redlands, California (1) Profile
    9. Stamford, Connecticut (2) Profile
    10. Hillsborough County, Florida (7) Profile
    11. Pasco County, Florida Profile
    12. Anne Arundel County, Maryland (2) Profile
    13. University System of Maryland (USM), Maryland (5) Profile
    14. Westford, Massachusetts Profile
    15. Harper Woods, Michigan (1) Profile
    16. Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas (6) Profile
    17. Galloway, New Jersey – Stockton University (4) Profile
    18. Springfield, New Jersey (5) Profile
    19. WNY STEM – Buffalo/Niagara, New York (4) Profile
    20. Shoreham, New York Profile
    21. Bethany, Oklahoma Profile
    22. Enid, Oklahoma Profile
    23. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – University of Pittsburgh (2) Profile
    24. Sumter, South Carolina (2) Profile
    25. Knox County, Tennessee (7) Profile
    26. Bandera, Texas (1) Profile
    27. Burleson, Texas (6) Profile
    28. Lufkin, Texas Profile
    29. Lumberton, Texas Profile
    30. Pharr, Texas (6) Profile
    31. Bellevue, Washington (2) Profile
    32. Hayward, Wisconsin Profile
    33. iForward – Grantsburg, Wisconsin (3) Profile

     

    Mission 15 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Moreno Valley, California (4) Profile
    2. Hillsborough County, Florida (8) Profile
    3. Bandera, Texas (2) Profile
    4. Burleson, Texas (7) Profile
    5. iForward – Grantsburg, Wisconsin (4) Profile

     

    Mission 16 to ISS Participating Communities

    1. Ukraine Profile
    2. Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada (2) Profile
    3. Moreno Valley, California (5) Profile
    4. Perris, California Profile
    5. Redlands, California (2) Profile
    6. Hillsborough County, Florida (9) Profile
    7. Ocala, Florida Profile
    8. Lake Charles, Louisiana Profile
    9. University System of Maryland (USM), Maryland (6) Profile
    10. Grand Blanc, Michigan Profile
    11. Harper Woods, Michigan (2) Profile
    12. Hoboken, New Jersey Profile
    13. Albany, New York Profile
    14. Buffalo/Niagara, New York (5) Profile
    15. Garden City, New York Profile
    16. Norwood, New York Profile
    17. Pickerington, Ohio Profile
    18. Bandera, Texas (3) Profile
    19. Burleson, Texas (8) Profile
    20. Ector County, Texas (3) Profile
    21. Texarkana, Texas Profile
    22. Bellingham, Washington Profile
    23. Forward – Grantsburg, Wisconsin (5) Profile


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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.