Archive | Skinner West

We Have Liftoff!

Our eggs are in SPACE!!  We had a fantastic time at the launch yesterday. The sky cleared up just in time.  It was breathtaking to watch.  In case you missed it, here is a video from NASA Television.  STS-135: Final … Continue reading →

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Iffy Weather

We are down in beautiful Florida for the launch!  Everything has gone perfectly so far…except the weather. As of this morning, there was a 70% chance of a weather-related launch delay.  Right now we are still a go, but there … Continue reading →

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Red, White, & Blue

Joe from Blackwater Creek Koi Farm hand delivered our samples to Kennedy Space Center this morning.  Thanks, Joe! We were so excited to learn that the fish Joe used for our eggs are a special breed of goldfish that are … Continue reading →

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Our Fishy Problem is Solved!

We have been having a very hard time fertilizing Atlantis’ eggs.  One big problem is the possibility that our male fish, Endeavour, is actually a female.  It is very hard to tell.  We have attempted to harvest milt from Endeavour … Continue reading →

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Status Update

We’ve been observing our eggs frequently, and Eric and Eren are getting good at identifying and describing the appearance of goldfish eggs under the microscope.  Also, our project got funded on Donor’s Choose!  So we are expecting a shipment of … Continue reading →

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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.