Experiments Selected for Flight

Last update of this page:  September 1, 2022, 2:52 pm ET

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 18 flight opportunities to date for communities across the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and Ukraine 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 16 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 18 flight opportunities a total of 203 communities participated the program. Thus far 62 communities have participated in at least 2 – and as many as 9 – flight opportunities, reflecting the sustainable nature of the program.

Through the first 18 flight opportunities (through Mission 16), total of 134,700 grade 5-16 students were formally immersed in microgravity experiment design and proposal writing, 27,265 flight experiment proposals were received from student teams, and  343 experiments were chosen for flight through a formal 2-step review process – one for each community program conducted.

 

Data for SSEP Mission 16 to the International Space Station

Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic SSEP Mission 16 to the ISS has been split into Mission 16A and 16B. 19 communities (21 flight experiments) will follow the original SSEP Mission 16 Critical Timeline (16A), while 3 communities that were severely impacted by the pandemic during the 9 weeks of experiment design and proposal writing will follow an alternate Mission 16 Critical Timeline (16B).

Number of Participating Communities: 22
Total number of schools participating: 290, in 11 States, 1 Canadian Province, and Ukraine
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 6,400
Total number of proposals received: 1,262
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 539
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 70
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 24

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Data for SSEP Mission 15 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 5
Total number of schools participating: 43, in 4 States
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 1,719
Total number of proposals received: 485
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 106
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 15
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 5

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Data for SSEP Mission 14 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 32
Total number of schools participating: 304, in 17 States, 2 Canadian Provinces, and Brazil 
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 16,600
Total number of proposals received: 3,076
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 930
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 97
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 33

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Data for SSEP Mission 13 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 38
Total number of schools participating: 544, in 19 States, 2 Canadian Provinces, and Brazil 
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 23,120
Total number of proposals received: 3,683
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 1,354
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 121
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 41

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Data for SSEP Mission 12 to the International Space Station

Number of Participating Communities: 31
Total number of schools participating: 257, in 10 States, 2 Canadian Provinces, and Brazil 
Total number of students ultimately engaged in experiment design: 12,150
Total number of proposals received: 2,498
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 1 Review: 1,101
Total number of proposals submitted for Step 2 Review: 98
Total number of proposed experiments selected for flight: 34

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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.