Information to be determined is in RED TEXT below.
Information that is subject to change is in GREEN TEXT below.
Last update of this page: March 5, 2017, 12:30 pm ET
This is a NEW Flight Opportunity
The grand adventure continues with SSEP Mission 12 to the International Space Station—the fourteenth SSEP flight opportunity—with a flight experiment design competition in Fall 2017, and the flight of the Mercury SSEP experiments payload to ISS in Spring 2018.
Payload Ferry Flights and ISS Crew Data
Ferry Vehicle to ISS: expect ferry to be a U.S. commercial spacecraft, either SpaceX Dragon or Orbital ATK Cygnus
Launch Date: to be determined, expect Spring 2018 (useful reference NASA Consolidated Launch Schedule at nasa.gov)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, if launched on SpaceX Falcon rocket with Dragon spacecraft; Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), Virginia, if launched on Orbital Sciences Antares rocket with Cygnus spacecraft.
Berthing at ISS: 1 to 4 days after launch
Launch Date History:
Initial Launch Date: to be determined
Ferry Vehicle for Return to Earth: to be determined, likely SpaceX Dragon or Soyuz vehicle
Crew: to be determined
Unberth/Landing Date: to be determined
Landing Site: if SpaceX Dragon, splashdown off the Pacific Coast; if Soyuz vehicle, Kazakhstan
Payload Duration on ISS: nominally 4-6 weeks, but can be significantly longer, to be determined
Notable: visit the NASA ISS website for a comprehensive overview of ISS construction, on-orbit research, operations, crews, and multimedia galleries; read about the SpaceX Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft at nasa.gov; read about the Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft and Antares rocket; read about the Soyuz TMA vehicle at nasa.gov
ISS Crew for SSEP Mission 12 Payload Operations: to be determined; (see Expeditions Schedule at nasa.gov)
SSEP Mission 12 to ISS: Payload and Program Data
Payload Designation: SSEP14 – Mercury (named for NASA’s Project Mercury; starting with Mission 12 to ISS, SSEP experiment payloads are named for NASA human spaceflight programs; for SSEP Missions 5 to 11 experiment payloads were named for Apollo Command Modules; prior to Mission 5, payloads were named for Apollo Lunar Modules)
Number of Student Team Flight Experiments: to be determined
Payload: Suite of Fluids Mixing Enclosure (FMA – Mark II) Mini-laboratories
Stowage: NanoRacks Express Rack on ISS
The fourteenth SSEP flight opportunity—SSEP Mission 12 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 5, 2017, with accompanying Video Clips describing SSEP by Center Director, Dr. Jeff Goldstein: Clip 1 (NASA), Clip 2 (NASA)
As of March 5, 2017: the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is onboarding Mission 12 communities
A List of Important SSEP Mission 12 to ISS Subpages:
SSEP Mission 12 to ISS: Critical Timeline
SSEP Mission 12 to ISS: Mini-Laboratory Operation
SSEP Mission 12 to ISS: Mission Patch Art and Design Competition