In The News – SSEP Mission 6 to ISS

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SSEP Mission 6 to ISS

Experiment Design Competition and Selection of Flight Experiments: Winter/Spring 2014
Flight to ISS: Yankee Clipper payload of Mission 6 experiments launched October 28, 2014, on Orbital Sciences 3 (Orb-3; Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft), rocket exploded on launch with all experiments lost; re-launched January 10, 2015, on SpaceX-5 (Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft); returned to Earth February 10, 2015, on SpaceX-5 (see Flight Profile page)


last revised: February 6, 2018
Mission 6 Media Articles: 123


National and International Coverage

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 5 February 2015
SpaceRef, February 6, 2015

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 15 January 2015
SpaceRef, January 16, 2015

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 January 2015
SpaceRef, January 14, 2015

SpaceX Dragon Captured at Station Loaded with Critical Supplies and Science
Universe Today, January 12, 2015

VIDEO: ‘Close, But No Cigar’: SpaceX Rocket Lifts Off and Lands with a Crash, January 10, 2015

SpaceX Launch and Historic Landing Attempt Reset to January 10
Universe Today, January 9, 2015

Students’ Space Project Delayed as SpaceX Aborts Latest Launch
Technie News, January 7, 2015

VIDEO: Liftoff Aborted: SpaceX Attempt at Historic Landing Delayed, January 6, 2015

Falcon 9 Fizzles: No SPX-5 Launch Until January 9
Spaceflight Insider, January 6, 2015

Student Scientists Get Second Chance to Fly Experiments to ISS Aboard Falcon 9 After Antares Loss
Universe Today, January 6, 2015

Student Scientists Ready to Launch Experiments to ISS
ECN Magazine, January 5, 2015

SpaceX Launch Live Stream: Watch the Resupply Mission to the Space Station, Rocket Landing Here
International Business Times, January 5, 2015

‘Yankee Clipper’ Flies Again: SSEP Mission 6 to Re-fly on SpaceX CRS-5
AmericaSpace, January 5, 2015

SpaceX’s Next Frontier: Landing a Rocket on Earth
The New York Times, January 4, 2015

The Loss of Orb-3 and SSEP Yankee Clipper: Failure Happens. What We Do in the Face of Failure is What Defines Us.
ScienceBlogs, January 2, 2015

SpaceX to Carry Student Experiment Flown on Doomed Orb-3 Mission
Spaceflight Insider, December 9, 2014

The Antares Rocket Explosion Took 1,254 Pounds of Student Science Experiments with It
Yahoo News, October 29, 2014

VIDEO: Middle Schoolers’ Dream of Worms in Space Still Alive Despite Rocket Explosion
Slate, October 29, 2014

Students Lost Science Experiments in Antares Explosion
The Washington Post, October 29, 2014

Antares Rocket, Cargo Ship Bound for Space Station Explodes During Launch
GMA News Online – Reuters, October 29, 2014

Cost of Student Space Experiments Defended
USA Today, October 28, 2014

VIDEO: Student Space Experiments Blow Up Along with Antares Rocket
NBC News, October 28, 2014

Science-Laden Cygnus Spaceship Ready for Takeoff
Spaceflight Now, October 26, 2014

How to Watch Spectacular 1st Nighttime Antares Launch to ISS on October 27 – Complete Viewing Guide
Universe Today, October 25, 2014

Orbital Sciences’ Third Mission to Space Station Ready to Educate and Inspire
Space Fellowship, October 10, 2014


North Charleston, South Carolina

High School Students Again Lose Science Experiment After SpaceX Explosion
New York Post, June 29, 2015

US Students’ Experiment Lost Again on Launch Failure
Live Mint, India, June 29, 2015

SpaceX Rocket Explosion Destroys Students’ Experiment
The Washington Post, June 29, 2015

VIDEO: Experts Seek Answers in Unmanned SpaceX Rocket Explosion
Today Show, June 29, 2015

US Students Learn Difficult Lesson as Class Project Destroyed on SpaceX Rocket
CTV News, Canada, June 28, 2015



Local and Regional Coverage

General SSEP Mission 6 News

VIDEO: SpaceX Set for First 2015 Launch
Florida Today, Florida, January 6, 2015


Kamloops/Thompson, British Columbia, Canada

Kamloops’ Space Kids Share with Those who Watched Man Land on Moon
Kamloops This Week, British Columbia, Canada, August 23, 2015

B.C. Students See Experiment Launched into Space
CBC News, British Columbia, Canada, January 10, 2015

B.C. Students’ Space Project Delayed Again
BC Local News, British Columbia, Canada, January 6, 2015

VIDEO: BC Student Experiment to Go on Future Launch After Explosion
Canada Journal, British Columbia, October 31, 2014

BC Students’ Science Project Destroyed in Rocket Explosion
The Vancouver Sun, British Columbia, Canada, October 29, 2014

Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus Lifts Off from Wallops Flight Facility
Viral Global News, British Columbia, Ontario, Canada, July 14, 2014

VIDEO: Bert Edwards Elementary Aiming for Outer Space!
CFJC-TV Midday Show, British Columbia, Canada, February 13, 2014

Kamloops Students Set for Space Trip
Kamloops This Week, British Columbia, Canada, January 28, 2014

Daybreak with Shelley Joyce
CBC Radio, British Columbia, Canada, January 28, 2014

The Jim Harrison Show (Parts 1 and 2)
NL610 Radio, British Columbia, Canada, January 28, 2014

VIDEO: Space Experiment – Prestigious Opportunity for Kamloops Students
CFJC-TV, British Columbia, Canada, January 27, 2014


Oakland, California

Oakland Students’ Worms Destroyed in Antares Rocket Explosion, California, October 29, 2014

VIDEO: The Urban Promise Academy Countdown!!
OUSD News, California, June 16, 2014

VIDEO: 3-2-1 Blast Off – for Urban Promise Academy
OUSD News, California, February 19, 2014


San Marino, California

Local Students Lose Space Station Experiment in Failed Rocket Launch
CBS Los Angeles, California, October 29, 2014

VIDEO: San Marino School Students’ Science Project Destroyed as Rocket Explodes
NBC 4 Southern California, California, October 29, 2014


Washington, DC – DC Space Grant University Community

When Antares Blew Up, It Took this Georgetown/GWU with It
In the Capital, Washington DC, October 29, 2014


Kalamazoo, Michigan

Science Experiment, Artwork by Kalamazoo-area Catholic Students Finally Makes it into Space
MLive Media Group, Michigan, January 12, 2015

Local Students’ Science Projects Destroyed in Rocket Explosion
WZZM-13 ABC, Michigan, October 29, 2014

Student Science Project on Rocket that Exploded, Michigan, October 29, 2014

St. Monica Eighth-Graders Design Experiment Accepted for International Space Station
MLive Media Group, Michigan, June 17, 2014

Kalamazoo-area Catholic Schools Unveil Student Drawings Going on Space Mission
MLive Media Group, Michigan, May 11, 2014

West Michigan Students Getting “Out of This World” Education
WWMT-TV, Michigan, March 12, 2014

Kalamazoo-area Catholic Schools Participating in National Space Project, Michigan, March 10, 2014


Madison Heights, Michigan

Amateur Space Scientists Get Second Chance After Rocket Explosion
NBC News, Michigan, February 10, 2015

Student Experiment, Patch Design Finally Flown in Space
C & G Newspapers, Michigan, January 21, 2015

VIDEO: Liftoff! Local Science Experiment En Route to International Space Station, Michigan, January 12, 2015

SpaceX Successfully Launches for NASA
Detroit Free Press, Michigan, January 10, 2015

Local Teens’ Space Experiment Getting 2nd Shot
Detroit Free Press, Michigan, January 6, 2015

Madison Heights Teens Get Another Crack at Space
Detroit Free Press, Michigan, October 31, 2014

Big Day Causes Broken Hearts, Brings New Hope for Wilkinson Middle School
The Oakland Press, Michigan, October 30, 2014

Rocket Explosion Destroys Work of Local 8th Graders
The Detroit News, Michigan, October 29, 2014

Hearts Sink in Madison Heights with NASA Rocket Explosion
Detroit Free Press, Michigan, October 29, 2014

Madison Heights Students’ Science Experiments Were Aboard Rocket that Exploded After Liftoff
The Oakland Press, Michigan, October 29, 2014

Local Teens’ Science Project to Head to Space Tonight
Detroit Free Press, Michigan, October 28, 2014

4 Local Students Send Science Project to Space Station
Detroit Free Press, Michigan, October 26, 2014

Girl Power! Newcomers Blast Off with Space Program
The Chaldean News, Michigan, August 2014


Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas

If at First Your Experiment Gets Blown Up in a Rocket, Try, Try Again
KCPT, Missouri, November 21, 2014


Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

Berkeley Heights Students’ Experiment, ‘Baby Bloodsuckers in Outer Space’ Successfully Landed to the ISS, New Jersey, January 12, 2015

Rocket Carrying Experiments from N.J. Students Blasts into Space, New Jersey, January 10, 2015

‘Baby Bloodsuckers’ Other Student Science Projects Get Second Chance at Outer Space, New Jersey, January 6, 2015

Berkeley Heights Student Spaceflight Experiment to Launch, October 27, New Jersey, October 26, 2014

Berkeley Heights’ Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Announced, New Jersey, June 11, 2014

Berkeley Heights Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
The Alternative Press, New Jersey, June 10, 2014

‘Baby Blood Suckers in Outer Space’ Chosen for SSEP Launch
The Alternative Press, New Jersey, June 9, 2014


Long Branch, New Jersey

Gregory School Experiment Destroyed in Rocket Explosion
The Link News, New Jersey, October 30, 2014

NASA Rocket Explosion Destroys N.J. Children’s Science Experiment, New Jersey, October 29, 2014

New Jersey Students’ Science Experiment Destroyed in Rocket Explosion
New York Daily News, New Jersey, October 29, 2014


Ocean City, New Jersey

OCHS Science Experiment Finds Space a Hospitable Place for Bacteria
Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 21, 2015

Ocean City High School Students Eager as Experiment Returns to Earth
Shore News Today, New Jersey, February 11, 2015

NASA Crew, Ocean City Students Get Experiment Underway
Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey, January 13, 2015

Student Experiments Finally Launch into Space
Shore News Today, New Jersey, January 12, 2015

Launch Date for Student Experiments Moved Again
Shore News Today, New Jersey, January 9, 2015

Student Spaceflight Launch Scrubbed Last Minute
Shore News Today, New Jersey, January 6, 2015

Ocean City Student Space Experiment Postponed Until 2015
Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey, December 18, 2014

Second Chance for Students’ Space Experiment
WCAU NBC 10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 15, 2014–285806371.html

Rocket Failure Still Valuable Lesson for Students
Cherry Hill Courier-Post, New Jersey, October 30, 2014

VIDEO: South Jersey Teens Witness Science Experient Go Up in Flames with NASA Rocket, Pennsylvania, October 29, 2014

Ocean City Students to Watch Launch of Their Experiments into Space today
Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 27, 2014

Studies in Space
Ocean City Gazette, New Jersey, June 18, 2014

Out of this World Experiment Aims for Space Station
Cape May County Herald, New Jersey, June 17, 2014

OCHS Science Experiment will Rocket into Space Later this Year
Press of Atlantic City, New Jersey, June 13, 2014


Flushing, New York

Space-bound School Projects Explode
The Queens Chronicle, New York, October 30, 2014

Students’ Science Project Goes Up in Flames Along with NASA Rocket
New York Post, New York, October 29, 2014


Colleton County, South Carolina

CCMS Students Have Talent that is Out of the World
The Colletonian, South Carolina, September 11, 2014

Middle School Students Put Milk in the ‘Milky Way’
Colleton Today, South Carolina, June 26, 2014

VIDEO: Colleton County School Project to Fly in Space
ABC News 4 Charleston, South Carolina, June 18, 2014

Student Spaceflight Experiment Chosen to Take Flight
The Colletonian, South Carolina, June 1, 2014

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
The Colletonian, South Carolina, May 8, 2014

CCMS One of Two Schools Chosen to Participate in Student Spaceflight Experiment Program
The Colletonian, South Carolina, April 16, 2014


North Charleston, South Carolina

VIDEO: Palmetto Scholars Academy Prepares for Latest Space Launch
NBC News Channel 2, South Carolina, April 8, 2016

Third Time is the Nail-biter for Space Blast-off
The Post and Courier, South Carolina, April 8, 2016

Students Learn Life Lessons from Launch Failures
Florida Today, Florida, July 6, 2015

VIDEO: North Charleston Students Lose Another Experiment after SpaceX Falcon 9 Explosion, South Carolina, July 1, 2015

VIDEO: Students’ Science Project Lost During SpaceX Explosion
Orlando Sentinel, Florida, June 29, 2015

North Charleston School’s Experiment Going to International Space Station
ABC News 4 Charleston, South Carolina, September 18, 2014


Knox County, Tennessee

Rocket Launch with East Tennessee Students’ Experiment Fails for 3rd Time
WBIR News, Tennessee, January 6, 2015

Tennessee Students’ Space Experiment Destroyed in Rocket Explosion
WRTV, Indiana, October 28, 2014

VIDEO: Knox Students’ ‘Gross’ Question Travels Aboard International Space Station, Tennessee, September 3, 2014


Somerville, Tennessee

VIDEO: Unmanned Rocket Carrying Fayette Academy Science Project Explodes After Liftoff
WREG News Channel 3, Tennessee, October 29, 2014

VIDEO: Unmanned Antares Rocket Explodes Six Seconds After Liftoff
WREG News Channel 3, Tennessee, October 28, 2014


Rockwall County, Texas

Rockwall Students’ Experiment is Bound for International Space Station
The Dallas Morning News, Texas, January 9, 2015

Rockwall Students Stand by for Launch of Their Spaceflight Experiment
Blue Ribbon News, Texas, January 8, 2015

VIDEO: Students’ Project Among Losses in Rocket Explosion
WFAA Channel 8, Texas, October 30, 2014

Rockwall ISD Students to Send Experiment to International Space Station
Rockwall ISD BubbleLife, Texas, August 27, 2014

RISD Board Recognizes Special Guests, Installs New Officers
Rockwall Herald Banner, Texas, June 19, 2014


San Antonio, Texas

Hobby Students’ Experiment Gets Play at White House Science Fair, Texas, March 23, 2015

Hobby MS Students will be Honored Guests at White House Science Fair, Texas, March 19, 2015

Students Whose Work Destroyed in Rocket Explosion Get a Second Shot
San Antonio Express-News, Texas, December 23, 2014

Hobby Students Learn About Risks of Science, Texas, November 4, 2014

Hobby Students Watch Months of Work Explode with Rocket
San Antonio Express-News, Texas, October 28, 2014

4 Northside ISD Students’ Project Launches to Space
KENS 5 – San Antonio, Texas, October 28, 2014


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.