Archive | February, 2012

SSEP – Real Spaceflight, Real Science: A Remarkable Look Back at Mission 1 Flight Experiment Selection

We have never told the complete backstory for selection of the flight experiments for Mission 1 to ISS. So here it is. It’s a pretty remarkable, very real world window on spaceflight and science. And it is a powerful teachable moment as Rebecca Mitchell, the teacher facilitator for one of the two Houston flight experiments […]

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SSEP Mission 1 Student Researchers to be Part of History: Aquarius Experiments Payload Officially on SpaceX Dragon to ISS

NanoRacks has informed us that NASA has formally moved Aquarius, the SSEP experiments payload for Mission 1 to the International Space Station (ISS) from Soyuz 30 to the SpaceX Dragon vehicle. We were there for the end of the Space Shuttle era with the flight of SSEP experiment payloads Eagle and Intrepid on the final […]

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SSEP Co- PI Kyra Smith and Community Program Co-Director Anthonette Pena Represent SSEP at the White House

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks are proud to announce that SSEP Mission 1 Flight Experiment Co-Principal Investigator Kyra Smith, an 8th grade student at Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, DC, and SSEP Community Program Co-Director Anthonette Peña had the honor earlier today of representing the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program […]

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An Invitation to the Parents of All Students that Have Participated in SSEP to Date – Help Us Inspire and Engage the Next Generation

A request to all SSEP Community Program Directors and teachers subscribed to this Blog: We would be grateful if you could disseminate this blog post to parents across your community. To assist you, we have created a PDF version of this post that can be printed and sent home. DOWNLOAD PDF You can also send a […]

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TO ALL MISSION 1 FLIGHT EXPERIMENT TEAMS: Time Critical Update – Impact of Soyuz 30 Failure on SSEP Mission 1 to ISS

On January 30, 2012, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) sent an email alert to all SSEP Community Program Directors and Co-Directors for Mission 1 to ISS. It stated that Soyuz 30 failed a critical pressurization test at the fabricator’s facility, Energia, before shipping to the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan. […]

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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.