Mission 12 Student Spaceflight Experiments Program


Mission 12 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program at Stockton

Stockton University is participating in Mission 12 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.  Student teams researched and developed proposals for experiments to be undertaken under microgravity conditions at the International Space Station.  Three finalists were selected from a local scientific panel to be judged at the national scientific review panel of the SSEP held by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.  The winning experiment will be launched to the International Space Station in summer 2018.  Find out more at the SSEP website for Mission 12

Mission Patch Competition

A Mission Patch competition at the K-12 and University level is completed. 

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Mission 12 Activities


Experiment Proposal Phase

Students formed groups and participated with their mentors to develop experiments that could take advantage of the microgravity conditions of the International Space Station to test hypotheses on physical, chemical and biological processes in space. (September 2017-November 2017).  

First and Second Level Scientific Peer Review Process

A review panel of scientists was convened at Stockton to pick the three semi-finalists student proposals that were forwarded to the national Center for Earth and Space Science Education for level 2 scientific panel evaluation.  November/December 2017.


The finalist proposal " The Effects of Microgravity on PGMA based Self-Assembly and Impacts on Drug Delivery Systems" was developed by Stockton students  Christina Tallone and Daniel Schneider.  The proposers, joined by additional Stockton student researchers, are refining the experiment for incorporation into the payload of NASA CRS-15 resupply mission to the ISS.   

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The Stockton experiment and partner school mission patches will be launched to the International Space Station on a SpaceX Falcon-9/dragon spacecraft with a current tentative launch date of June 28, 2018 from Cape Canaveral, FL.  Stockton will send a team to view the launch and educate the public about the experiments program.

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SSEP National Conference

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program National conference will be held June 28-29th, 2018 at the national Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.  Stockton students and faculty will present work from M11 and M12 teams.  

2018 SSEP National Conference

How you can help

High impact learning practices such as the Stockton SSEP  are important to training the next generation of scientists and engineers who will shape our future and lead us beyond planet earth to new worlds.  Please consider a donation to support these students.  

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Thank you to all our sponsors without whom this exciting work could not be done.  This project has been sponsored by the Stockton University 2020 Strategic Planning fund, the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of Stockton University, the SSEP National Partnerships of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), Subaru of America and Magellan Aerospace) and generous individual donations to the project.

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