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STS-134 Experiment FAQ, and How Teachers and Students can Submit Questions

The STS-134 Flight Experiment FAQ now contains lots of good information based on exceptional questions from students and teachers across the SSEP participating communities. This includes valuable information on how samples are turned over to ITA; how samples are harvested on Shuttle landing and turned over to student teams; mini-lab operation; and information on the […]

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SSEP Podcast by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for 365 Days of Astronomy

A Podcast on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) has just been posted at the 365 Days of Astronomy website. Bob Hirshon, Senior Project Director for Media Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently interviewed Dr. Jeff Goldstein, NCESSE Center Director, and the creator of the SSEP National Program. The […]

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UPDATE: Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Now in Full Swing, GO FOR LAUNCH

On August 31, 2010, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program officially became operational, with grade 5-12 student-designed experiments scheduled to fly on Shuttle Endeavour, the flight of STS-134, launching February 26, 2011. Over the last month, 16 communities have formally come aboard as the SSEP Community Network; the SSEP website (http://ssep.ncesse.org) has been fully revised; and […]

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Webinar Covering SSEP and CREST-1 Payload, Thursday, July 22, 1:00 PM ET

To all representatives of school districts and schools interested in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) opportunity aboard STS-134, the flight of Endeavour 26 February 2011, you are invited to take part in a webinar. Below is the webinar announcement from American Aeropace Advisors. I will be presenting the agenda item on SSEP. Best wishes, […]

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Great News: NASA Officially Delays Launch of STS-134, Enabling SSEP

Hello everyone- NASA has formally rescheduled the launch of STS-134 from mid-November 2010 to 4:19 pm EST – Feb 26, 2011. See: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts134/index.html You will recall that moving forward with SSEP required a delay until at least mid-January 2011.  On our Critical Timeline found on the How to Participate page we also stated that NASA […]

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New Underwriting Has Reduced SSEP Cost, and Small School District (or Single School Option) Now Significantly Enhanced

Impact of Underwriting The SSEP Team has been able to secure underwriting for a number of SSEP national program activities, including: the ongoing development and support of this web site; the development of the custom SSEP web sites to be provided to participating communities; and staff time for rollout of the SSEP, including national dissemination […]

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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.