SSEP Mission 13 to ISS: Experiment Log

IMPORTANT NOTES

All information added or updated since this page first went up on July 10, 2019 is in GREEN TEXT below.
Information still to be determined (if any) is in RED TEXT below.
Dates and times that are subject to change at NASA’s discretion are in PURPLE TEXT below.

Last update of this page: August 13, 2019, 8:00 pm EDT

Quick Jump:
1. Introduction and Nomenclature for the Log
2. Pre-Launch Activities
3. Launch and Berthing
4. Flight Experiment Log, On-Orbit Operations: Mission 13 Gemini Payload
5. Undocking and Landing
6. Return of Experiments to Student Teams

 

1. Introduction and Nomenclature for the Log

This page provides student flight experiment teams a log of all activities associated with the 41 flight experiments comprising the SSEP Mission 13 Gemini payload from the time the mini-laboratories are received in Houston before the flight of SpaceX CRS-18 to the point when the mini-labs are shipped back to the flight teams after return to Earth. While this page will feature general progress reports on the status of the SSEP M13 Gemini payload, its main purpose is to provide updates to the student flight experiment teams as quickly as possible regarding the handling of their mini-labs on station, so that they can effectively conduct their ground truth experiments. Teams are advised to bookmark this page and check it for updates throughout the mission.

As per the SSEP Mission 13 to ISS: Flight Operations page:

Updates to Student Teams on the Progress of Their Experiment
The International Space Station (ISS) crew will interact with the SSEP payload at times of the day that fit best in their overall      work schedule. Even though crew interactions with the experiments are to take place on pre-specified Crew Interaction Days, the time of the interaction will vary from one Crew Interaction day to the next.  After the crew has completed handling of the SSEP payload a report is sent from the ISS to mission control in Houston, the report is then forwarded to NanoRacks, who will forward the report to the SSEP flight operations team at NCESSE.  We will then post the details of the report – including the time at which the payload was handled – on this page to make the information available to all student teams as quickly as possible. The report will be posted as soon as it is received, but it may take up to 24 hours for the information from the ISS to make its way to the Log. That means, for example, that the details of an activity conducted by the astronauts on the afternoon of a specified Crew Interaction Day will be posted on the Experiment Log no later than the afternoon of the following day (and likely far sooner than that).

Conducting Your Ground Truth Experiments
Ground truth experiments – the control versions of the experiment conducted on Earth while the microgravity experiment is being conducted in orbit – are an essential part of analyzing the results of the flight experiment. Once the flight experiment returns to Earth, simultaneous harvesting and analysis of both the flight experiment and the ground truth experiment allows the research team to assess the role of gravity in the physical, chemical, or biological system under study. It is hard to imagine how the role of gravity can be determined without ground truth experiments conducted at the same time as the flight experiment.

However, given that it may take up to a day to receive a report on exactly what time a specific activity was conducted with an experiment aboard the ISS, student teams are encouraged to shift activities with their ground truth experiments by 1 day (24 hours). That will allow teams to ensure that the timing of activities they carry out on their ground truth experiments accurately reflects the timing of activities with their experiment aboard the station. This is especially important for experiments that are sensitive to exact timing. For example, if a microbiological experiment is likely to produce different results depending on whether it is active for 40 or 50 hours, the teams will want to match the exact timing of the experiment aboard the station with their ground truth experiment.

Nomenclature: The purpose of this log is to provide the student flight experiment teams information on the handling of their experiment, as well as to provide updates on the progress of the Mission. Each SSEP experiment is assigned a serial number before launch.  This serial number is used by NCESSE, NanoRacks, and NASA to identify individual SSEP experiments. For this log, the individual experiments are identified using a serial number, e.g., NRP-10009-4, S/N, together with the Community and Experiment names (see Section 4 below).

 

2. Pre-Launch Activities

Originally Projected Launch Date: May 7, 2019
SSEP Mission 13 to ISS Gemini Payload
Ferry Vehicle: SpaceX CRS-18 (SpaceX Falcon rocket with Dragon spacecraft)
Launch Site: SLC-40 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Rescheduled: to July 8, 2019
Rescheduled: to July 18, 2019
Rescheduled: to July 21, 2019 at 7:32 pm EDT
Rescheduled: to July 22, 2019
Rescheduled: to July 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm EDT

Rescheduled: to July 25, 2019 at 6:01 pm EDT

 

3. Launch and Berthing
July 27, 2019 at 9:11 am EDT: Astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch grappled the Dragon cargo spacecraft using the space station’s Canadarm2.  

July 27, 2019 at 12:01 pm EDT: Dragon was installed on the Earth-facing side of the ISS’s Harmony module.     

July 28, 2019: The SSEP Mission 13 payload of experiments – the Gemini payload – was transferred from Dragon to the ISS, effectively removing all cold stow mini-labs from refrigeration and introducing them to the ambient temperature of the ISS.  

 

4. Flight Experiment Log, On-Orbit Operations: Mission 13 Gemini Payload

Interactions Scheduled Prior to Flight (subject to change) CLICK ON TABLE TO ZOOM

Serial Number 1039:

Record of Reported On-Orbit Interactions

NRP-10009-1, S/N 1039 Burleson, Texas: The effects of microgravity on the growth of Red Wiggler Earthworms
(A=0) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19

 

NRP-10009-2, S/N 1039 Clark County, Nevada: Will Quinoa Grow in Microgravity?
(U-14) anomaly reported, investigation ongoing

 

NRP-10009-3, S/N 1039 Ector County, Texas: A novel way to treat a cancer with C. sporogenes in Microgravity
(A+2) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-4, S/N 1039 Fitchburg, Massachussetts: How is the Growth of the Bacteria Frankia alniAffected by Microgravity
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-5, S/N 1039 Galloway – Stockton University, New Jersey: Analysis of double-stranded break repair in haploidSaccharomyces cerevisiae under spaceflight conditions
(A=0) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19
(A+2) Action: Blue Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-6, S/N 1039 Hershey, Pennsylvania: Effects of Microgravity on the Growth of Algae Cysts and Lipid Production

 

NRP-10009-7, S/N 1039 Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas:The Growth of Mint in Microgravity
(A=0) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19

 

NRP-10009-8, S/N 1039 Knox County, Tennessee: How to produce a synthetic soil from waste generated on board ISS

 

NRP-10009-9, S/N 1039 La Verne, California: Flammulina velutipes growth in microgravity
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

 

Serial Number 1040:

Record of Reported On-Orbit Interactions

NRP-10009-1, S/N 1040 Moreno Valley, California: The Growth and Development of Sustainable Brine Shrimp in Microgravity
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-2, S/N 1040 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Transcriptomic Analysis of Escherichia coli Response to Ciprofloxacin in Microgravity

 

NRP-10009-3, S/N 1040 Raleigh County, West Virginia: Effects of Microgravity on the Growth ofCaulobacter Crescentus
(A=0) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19
(A+2) Action: Blue Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-4, S/N 1040 Suffolk County, New York: Effect Of Microgravity On Effectiveness Of Probiotics

 

NRP-10009-5, S/N 1040 University System of Maryland (USM), MarylandBiofilm Adhesion of E. coli to Annealed Porous and Smooth Aluminum in Microgravity

 

NRP-10009-6, S/N 1040 Winfield, Alabama: Purification of Water in Microgravity
(A=0) Action: Blue Clamp Opened (Green clamp to remain closed throughout)/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19
(A+2) Action: Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-7, S/N 1040 WNY-STEM – Buffalo/Niagara, New York: The effect of Microgravity on Bacillus subtilis on subsequent Terrestrial behavior

 

NRP-10009-9, S/N 1040 Klein, Texas: The Effect of Self-Assembled Monolayers onMicrogravity Protein Crystallization
(A=0) Action: Single Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19

 

 

Serial Number 1041:

Record of Reported On-Orbit Interactions

NRP-10009-1, S/N 1041 Anne Arundel County, Maryland: Effect of Microgravity on the Structural Strength of Concrete
(A=0) Action: Single Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19

 

NRP-10009-2, S/N 1041 Ashford/Willington, Connecticut: How Microgravity Effects Beetroot Seed Germination
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-3, S/N 1041 Berea, Kentucky:  Rate of Rust Formation in Microgravity
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-4, S/N 1041 Corcoran, California: The Brine Shrimp Study
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-5, S/N 1041 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: The Effect of Microgravity on the Germination of Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress)
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Wait 20 seconds/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-6, S/N 1041 Hershey, Pennsylvania: The effect of microgravity on the adhesion and curing of oil-based artist paint
(A+2) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken/Blue Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-7, S/N 1041 Hillsborough County, Florida: Mung Bean Project 2018
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken/Green Clamp Closed; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-8, S/N 1041 Hunter, North Dakota: Kefir Growth

 

NRP-10009-9, S/N 1041 iForward – Grantsburg, Wisconsin: What Happens to the Germination of Solanum lycopersicum ‘Red Velvet’ seeds in Microgravity?
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

 

Serial Number 1042:

Record of Reported On-Orbit Interactions

NRP-10009-1, S/N 1042 Jefferson County, New York:  Rust Investigation
(A=0) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19
(A+2) Action: Blue Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-3, S/N 1042 Marfa, Texas:  Eradicating Bacteria Growth in Microgravity
(A=0) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken/Blue Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19

 

NRP-10009-4, S/N 1042 Montgomery County, Maryland: Mixing cement with steel powder
(A=0) Action: Single Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19

 

NRP-10009-5, S/N 1042 North Hollywood, California: The Effects of Microgravity on Cell Recognition
(A=0) Action: Green Clamp Opened; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19
(A+2) Action: Blue Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-6, S/N 1042 Ocean City, New Jersey: The Effect of Microgravity on the Hatch Rate and Development of Artemia salina
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-7, S/N 1042 Pharr, Texas: What are the effects of microgravity on the cellular growth of Spinacia oleracea?
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-8, S/N 1042 Port St. Lucie, Florida: The effects of microgravity on the Germination of Culinary Lavender
(A+2) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-9, S/N 1042 Qualicum, British Columbia, Canada: Investigating the Growth Patterns of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) sprouts in microgravity: a potential nourishment for future manned spaceflights
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

 

Serial Number 1043:

Record of Reported On-Orbit Interactions

NRP-10009-1, S/N 1043 Redford, Michigan: Can peppermint seeds germinate in space?
(A+2) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-2, S/N 1043 Riverside, California – Middle School:  Effects of Microgravity on Radish Seed Germination
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-3, S/N 1043 Riverside, California – Elementary School: The Effects of Microgravity on Saturated Copper Sulfate Crystals
(A+2) Action: Green Clamp Opened; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

NRP-10009-4, S/N 1043 Riverside, California – High School: Chenopodium quinoa Cell Development in Microgravity
(U-14) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-5, S/N 1043 Sao Paulo, BrazilCapillarity versus Gravity in the filtration process
(A=0) Action: Single Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  12:50 PM EDT, 07/28/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  3:03 PM EDT, 07/28/19
(U-14) Action: Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-6, S/N 1043 Springfield, New Jersey: Triops longicaudatus growth and development in Microgravity
(A+2) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19
(U-14) Action: Blue Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  11:25 AM EDT, 08/13/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  7:21 PM EDT, 08/13/19

 

NRP-10009-7, S/N 1043 Traverse City, Michigan: The Growth of Bacillus Subtilis on a Substrata Material in Microgravity
(A+2) Action: Green Clamp Opened/Shaken; When Action Occurred on ISS:  1:15 PM EDT, 07/30/19; Time NanoRacks Notified NCESSE:  5:53 PM EDT, 07/30/19

 

 

5. Undocking and Landing

 

 

 

6. Return of Experiments to Student Teams

 

 

 


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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.