SSEP Mission 11 to the International Space Station (ISS)

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Last update of this page: January 11, 2018, 11:29 am ET


Payload Ferry Flights and ISS Crew Data

Ferry Vehicle to ISS: SpaceX CRS-12 (SpaceX-12: Falcon 9 rocket, Dragon spacecraft)

Launch Date: August 14, 2017, 12:31 pm ET (useful reference NASA Consolidated Launch Schedule at
Crew: none
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Berthing at ISS: August 16, 2017, 9:07 am ET

Launch Date History:
Initial Launch Date: June 1, 2017
Rescheduled to: August 1, 2017
Rescheduled to: August 10, 2017
Rescheduled to: August 13, 2017
Rescheduled to: August 14, 2017, 12:31 pm ET

Ferry Vehicle for Return to Earth: SpaceX-12
Crew: none
Unberth/Landing Date: September 17, 2017
Landing Site: splashdown off the Pacific Coast

Payload Duration on ISS: 5 weeks

Notable: visit the NASA ISS website for a comprehensive overview of ISS construction, on-orbit research, operations, crews, and multimedia galleries; read about the Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft and Antares rocket; read about the SpaceX Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft at; read about the Soyuz TMA vehicle at

ISS Crew for SSEP Mission 11 Payload Operations: Expedition 52 (see Expeditions Schedule at
Station Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (Russia); Flight Engineers Jack Fischer (USA; Twitter @Astro2fish, Instagram astro2fish; Facebook NASA Astronaut Jack “2fish” Fischer), Peggy Whitson (USA; Twitter ‎@AstroPeggy; Facebook NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson), Paolo Nespoli (Italy), Randy Bresnik (USA; Twitter @AstroKomrade; Instagram astrokomradeFacebook NASA Astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik), and Sergey Ryazanskiy (Russia).

 (see Expeditions Schedule at (see Expedition 52 Mission Summary at

SSEP Mission 11 to ISS: Payload and Program Data

Payload Designation: SSEP13 – America (named for Apollo 17 Command Module; starting with Mission 5 to ISS, SSEP experiments payloads are named for Apollo Command Modules; prior to Mission 5, payloads were named for Apollo Lunar Modules)

Number of Student Team Flight Experiments: 21

Payload: Suite of Fluids Mixing Enclosure (FME – Mark II) Mini-laboratories
Stowage: NanoRacks Express Rack on ISS

The thirteenth SSEP flight opportunity—SSEP Mission 11 to the International Space Station—was announced by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education on March 30, 2016, with accompanying Video Clips describing SSEP by Center Director, Dr. Jeff Goldstein: Clip 1 (NASA), Clip 2 (NASA)

Current Status:
The Mission 11 payload of experiments returned to Earth September 17, 2017. Mission 11 student flight teams presented at the SSEP National Conferences in June 2017 and 2018.

A List of Important SSEP Mission 11 to ISS Subpages:
SSEP Mission 11 to ISS: Critical Timeline
SSEP Mission 11 to ISS: Mini-Laboratory Operation
SSEP Mission 11 to ISS: Mission Patch Art and Design Competition
SSEP Mission 11 to ISS: Flight Operations
Mission 11 to ISS Experiment Log
Launch Viewing Plans for SpaceX-12 and Flight of SSEP Mission 11 America

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.