Students at Stockton University work in teams with faculty to propose experiments in microgravity toi be conducted at the International Space Station. ( Sept- Nov, 2016)
Three finalist student proposals are selected by a local review panel of scientists at Stockton University. The three finalists are forwarded to the SSEP National Review Panel for selection of the flight experiment. (Nov-Dec, 2016)
Experimental and ground based controls are setup for the experiments and the flight module is shipped to Texas (approximately July 19th, 2017)
Expected launch date is August 14th from Cape Canaveral Florida by SpaceX on a Falcon9 rocket/unmanned Dragon capsule. The flight experiments will spend 4-6 weeks at the ISS before return. Experimental material will be analyzed (Sept-Oct, 2017).
Stockton students and faculty attended the SSEP National Conference in Washington DC. Students Valkyrie Falciani and Danielle Ertz presented their groups flight experiment preliminary data and protocols for the August flight. Below are photos of the events and a link to the Stockton presentation "Spores in Space."
Dr. Tara Luke assists students Danielle Ertz and Valkyrie Falciani in loading and packing the Stockton SSEP M11 experiment for shipment to NanoRacks/DreamUp in Texas for mission integration.
Stockton SSEP is sending a 5 student and 3 faculty delegation to the Mission 11 launch at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX CRS-12 will launch from historic NASA launch pad 39A, site of the Apollo and Shuttle program launches.
Launch day activities include touring the Kennedy Space Complex, student poster presentations at the Apollo/Saturn V Center and launch viewing from the Banana Creek site (3.5 mi from launch).
SSEP students were introduced to the launch viewers and then presented posters on their experiments headed for launch in the Saturn V / Apollo Display Hall at the Kennedy Space Center.
The launch was observed at the Saturn V / Apollo Hall/ Bannana River viewing site which was 3.5 miles from the pad. Visibility was excellent despite some high clouds. The countdown went right on schedule and the launch was an awesome sight with an intense burn of the thrusters at liftoff. As exciting was the return of the first stage and pinpoint landing at LZ-1 of adjacent Cape Canaveral AFB.
SSEP student researchers toured the Kennedy Space Center before and after the launch. The group also visited the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Cape Canaveral Natioal Seahore comprising over 140,000 acres of coast, wetlands and scrub forest that surround and protect the Spaceport complex.
Video of launch of SSEP experiments on NASA commercial re supply (CRS) mission 12 by SpaceX on a Falcon-9 rocket and Dragon orbital vehicle August 14, 2027.
Dragon spacecraft captured at ISS August 16, 2017 at 6:30 am EDT. Stockton SSEP experiment arrives at ISS.
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