Experiments Selected for Flight

Fitchburg, MA, 11th graders Nadia Machado and Yeniffer Araujo run titrations to optimize their SSEP Mission 2 to ISS flight experiment. Click for Zoom

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) has provided 13 flight opportunities to date for communities across the U.S. and Canada to conduct a microgravity experiment design competition at the local level—on the final flights of Space Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis (STS-134 and STS-135), and Missions 1 through 11 to ISS. In each participating community, student teams write proposals vying for a flight experiment slot reserved just for their community in a real research mini-laboratory scheduled to fly to Low Earth Orbit.

Across the 13 flight opportunities a total of 142 communities participated the program. Thus far 35 communities have participated in at least 2 – and as many as 8 – flight opportunities, reflecting the sustainable nature of the program.

Through the first 13 flight opportunities, total of 74,680 grade 5-16 students were formally immersed in microgravity experiment design and proposal writing, 16,261 flight experiment proposals were received from student teams, and 206 experiments were chosen for flight through a formal 2-step review process – one for each community program conducted.

 

Data for SSEP Mission 11 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 21
Total number of schools participating: 190, in 10 States and 2 Canadian Provinces 
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 9,870
Total number of proposals received: 1,959
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 913
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 61
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 21

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Data for SSEP Mission 10 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 11
Total number of schools participating: 45, in 9 States 
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 3,660
Total number of proposals received: 685
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 227
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 33
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 11  

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Data for SSEP Mission 9 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 21
Total number of schools participating: 106, in 14 States and 2 Canadian Provinces
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 11,890 (G5-12)
Total number of proposals received: 2,466
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 909
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 63
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 21  

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Data for SSEP Mission 8 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 14
Total number of schools participating: 93, in 8 States and 2 Canadian Provinces
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 3,290 (G5-16)
Total number of proposals received: 708
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 352
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 44
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 15 (one community flying two experiments)

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Data for SSEP Mission 7 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 24
Total number of schools participating: 179, in 18 States
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 10,760 (G5-12)
Total number of proposals received: 2,521
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 898
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 72
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 24

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Data for SSEP Mission 6 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 18
Total number of schools participating: 142, in 9 States, the District of Columbia, and Canada
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 6,860 (G5-15)
Total number of proposals received: 1,487
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 748
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 54
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 18

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Data for SSEP Mission 5 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 15
Total number of schools participating: 96, in 11 States, and the District of Columbia
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 6,750 (G5-12)
Total number of proposals received: 1,344
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 485
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 45
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 15

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Data for SSEP Mission 4 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 11
Total number of schools participating: 112, in 7 States
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 3,080 (G5-12)
Total number of proposals received: 744
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 353
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 33
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 11

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Data for SSEP Mission 3 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 17
Total number of schools participating: 163, in 13 States, the District of Columbia, and Canada
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 7,200 (G5-12)
Total number of proposals received: 1,466
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 441
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 51
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 17

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Data for SSEP Mission 2 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 11
Total number of schools participating: 72, in 9 States
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 3,930 (G5-12)
Total number of proposals received: 1,125
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 449
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 33
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 11

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Data for SSEP Mission 1 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 12
Total number of schools participating: 92, in 9 States and District of Columbia
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 3,490 (G5-14)
Total number of proposals received: 779
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 382
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 35
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 15 (includes 3 flight back-up experiments)

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Data for SSEP on STS-135, the Final Flight of Atlantis

Number of Participating Communities: 11
Total number of schools participating: 48, in 10 States
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design (estimate): 2,100 (G5-12)
Total number of proposals received: 530
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 207
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 31
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 11

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Data for SSEP on STS-134, the Final Flight of Endeavour

Number of Participating Communities: 16
Total number of schools participating: 53, in 14 States
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design (estimate): 1,800 (G5-14)
Total number of proposals received: 447
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 293
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 43
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 16

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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.