In The News – Exceptional General Coverage

Last revised: April 23, 2020
Media Articles: 22


VIDEO: SSEP Showcased at Congressional Hearing
November 5, 2019
Noteworthy: On November 5, 2019, the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation convened a hearing titled Building the Space Workforce of the Future: STEM Engagement for a 21st Century Education. The Subcommittee is led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas – Chairman, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona – Ranking Member. Witnesses included Jeffrey Manber, Chief Executive Officer of Nanoracks, the launch services provider for SSEP. His testimony included an understanding of SSEP strategic objectives and impact to date. SSEP is showcased by Mr. Manber at time stamp 26 min 47 sec.

3 Real-World Curricula that Teach Career Readiness
Education Dive, September 25, 2019
Noteworthy: Experts say hands-on experiences spanning career and civic functions help students make connections between their educations and the future. 

The Ultimate Science Fair: Participating in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
Upward Magazine, October 25, 2018
Noteworthy: Upward is the magazine of the ISS National Laboratory. 

Researchers Receive Honors for Most Compelling Space Station Science in 2016
JSC Features, July 20, 2017
Noteworthy: SSEP is one of four research programs bestowed 2016 ISS Science Awards. Other awardees include Teams for the: Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS); Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS); and Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Control on Return from ISS (CCISS). 

Science to Space
Yahoo Finance, May 29, 2017
Noteworthy: a school district superintendent’s view of SSEP

Over 40 U.S. National Laboratory Sponsored Experiments on SpaceX CRS-11 Destined for the International Space Station
CASIS Press Release, GlobeNewswire, May 26, 2017
Noteworthy: an overview of U.S. National Laboratory sponsored experiments launching to the International Space Station on SpaceX CRS-11. Of the 45 experiments, 24 are from SSEP

Homework in Orbit
Air&Space Smithsonian,, September 2016
Noteworthy: an excellent overview of students engaged in SSEP, and student research aboard the International Space Station.

Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition
Scientific American, February 17, 2015
Noteworthy: exceptional program overview

NASA Press Release on Yankee Clipper Re-flight, w NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden
NASA Press Release, January 5, 2015
Noteworthy: NASA Press Release dedicated to the student researchers across the U.S. and Canada for Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 6 to ISS.


Sen. Tom Coburn (OK) Attacks Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, October 2014, and Responses

Coburn’s ‘Wastebook’ Targets Include Mountain Lions, Sheep, Beer (Video)
October 22, 2014

NCESSE Official Response to Sen. Tom Coburn: “billions of dollars being borrowed to support [SSEP] space station science fair experiments”
October 22, 2014

How NASA Inspires Tomorrow’s Scientists
The Wall Street Journal, December 25, 2014

Criticism of Student ‘Science Fair Projects’ Unfounded
News OK, Oklahoma, November 5, 2014

Privately-Funded Space Research Leverages Scarce Public Funding
Roll Call, October 29, 2014

Space Notebook: Atlas V to Launch this Week
Florida Today, Florida, October 26, 2014


Video: NASA Pre-Flight Science Briefing for Orb-3 Launch, Carried Live on NASA TV, October 26, 2014
On the panel is SSEP Director Dr. Jeff Goldstein, providing an overview of SSEP and the Yankee Clipper Mission 6 to ISS experiments, starting at timestamp 10 min 50 sec
Noteworthy: excellent video describing SSEP

SSEP: Sending Student Experiments to the ISS, October 9, 2014

Video: NASA JSC Interview: Dr. Jeff Goldstein, SSEP Program Director, on Orb-1 Launch
January 10, 2014
Noteworthy: excellent video describing SSEP

Viewport – Good News From Space
J.R. Dailey
Air&Space Smithsonian,, January 01, 2014
Also at SSEP National Blog:
Noteworthy: the view of the Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – “[SSEP] may be the most important development for the future of the U.S. space program.”

An Out-of-This-World Program
AirSpace Blog, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, April 26, 2013
Noteworthy: an overview of a live video-conference between astronauts aboard ISS and over 12,000 students participating in SSEP across 24 communities. 

Students Scientists Connect with ISS Astronauts
November 15, 2012
Full Event Details: visit NCESSE Website
Noteworthy: SSEP Live Video Conference with ISS – 12,400 Participants Across 24 SSEP Communities
Background: The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, NASA’s Teaching from Space office, and the U.S. Department of Education partnered for International Education Week 2012 on a special Student Spaceflight Experiments Program live video-conference with astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). A total of 12,400 students, teachers, administrators, and guests across 24 SSEP communities were connected live to ISS and the Museum’s Moving Beyond Earth gallery via the Smithsonian’s Vidyo videoconferencing system. At the time of the event, 23 SSEP Mission 1 and 2 experiments were being conducted aboard ISS by Station Commander Sunita Williams. SSEP student microgravity researchers across the participating communities were able to ask questions of Commander Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford. The video-conference was simulcast on NASA TV.

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.