In The News – General Program Coverage

last revised: October 11, 2015


Exceptional Program Overview
Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition
Scientific American, February 17, 2015

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

An Out-of-This-World Program
AirSpace Blog, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, April 26, 2013

SSEP Live VideoConference with ISS: 12,400 Participants Across 24 SSEP Communities
Students Scientists Connect with ISS Astronauts
November 15, 2012
Full Event Details: visit NCESSE Website

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.