Archive | November, 2013

Falcon I Payload of Experiments Received in Houston, Overnighted by FedEx for Delivery to Student Flight Teams Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Falcon I payload of 7 SSEP Mission 3a experiments returned to Earth aboard Soyuz 35S, with touchdown in Kazakhstan at 9:49 PM EST, Sunday November 10, 2013 (see November 10 Blog Post.) The payload was then air-freighted to NanoRacks in Houston, where the mini-labs were removed from the payload box. NanoRacks informed NCESSE tonight […]

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3:16 am EST, November 9, 2013, Astronaut Karen Nyberg Photographs Super Typhoon Haiyan from International Space Station

Potentially the strongest hurricane every recorded by humans on planet Earth, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines as a Category 5 with sustained winds of 195 mph, and gusts to 235 mph. American astronaut Karen Nyberg photographed Haiyan from ISS and posted the image below on Twitter at 3:16 am EST, November 9, 2013 – 6.5 […]

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On Sunday, November 10, 2013, You’re Invited to Watch Live Right Here, Soyuz 35S Undocking and De-Orbit with SSEP Falcon I Payload of Experiments

On Sunday November 10, 2013, Soyuz 35S is scheduled for departure from the International Space Station, and de-orbit. It is expected to land on the plains of Kazakhstan at 9:50 pm EST Nov. 10 (8:50 am Kazakh time on Nov. 11) with Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (Russia), and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg (NASA) and Luca […]

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WATCH LIVE NOW: Astronauts Mastracchio, Tyurin, and Wakata, and Olympic Torch Arrive at ISS, Will Be Aboard for SSEP Mission 3b and 4 Experiments Payloads

Astronauts Rick Mastracchio (USA), Mikhail Tyurin (Russia), and Koichi Wakata (Japan) were launched aboard a Soyuz vehicle at 11:14 pm EST Wednesday, November 7, from Kazakhstan with the Olympic Torch aboard. Soyuz arrived at Station at 5:31 am EST today. Hatch opening is scheduled for 7:40 am EST, with live coverage starting at 7:15 am. […]

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In Honor of the November 10, 2013, Return of Astronauts Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and Parmitano, and the SSEP Falcon I Experiments Payload, a Song by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield (with a Little Help from David Bowie)

We started a tradition. At the beginning of each new SSEP flight opportunity, we now post on this blog the NASA Johnson Style video. It’s a way to get thousands of new student microgravity researchers and their communities into the spirit of this program. (Sound familiar Mission 5?) But why not post a powerful video […]

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ISS Gets Crowded: This Thursday, November 7, 2013, Nine Astronauts, the Olympic Torch, and Prep for Soyuz 35S Return to Earth with Falcon I Payload

The NASA press release below, issued last Wednesday, October 30, provides a great sense of what’s coming up this week on the International Space Station, including the return of the SSEP Falcon I payload. It’s become quite the Grand Central Station in orbit. SSEP student flight teams are now preparing for the return of Falcon […]

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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.