Stockton University is participating in Mission 13 of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Currently we are optimizing and testing the flight experiment for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in June 2019.
This will be the third mission that Stockton students and our K-12 partner schools will be involved with and we would like to thank Stockton University and all our generous donors and supporters. .
Stockton students and their faculty mentors began the process of designing experiments and writing proposals for the Mission 13 Student Spaceflight Experiments competition at Stockton University joining student groups around the country. (September 4th- November 2nd, 2018). In addition, a Mission Patch art competition including our K-12 partners was initiated. Mission patches selected from the competition will fly with the experiments to the International Space Station and return to their artists.
Student proposals were subject to two levels of scientific review. The first level was a panel of local scientists and educators who chose three semi-finalist to move forward to the level 2 review. Level 2 review was by a panel of scientists and educators at the National SSEP headquarters. (November 5th - December 13th, 2018 )
Stockton SSEP semi-finalists moving forward to Level II review were:
1) The Green Fluorescent Protein Gene-based Expression of Escherichia coli B Membrane Proteins in Microgravity. PI: Logan Amour.
2) Analysis of double-stranded break repair in haploid Saccharomyces cerevisiae under spaceflight conditions. PI's: Mathew Elko, Daniel Stoyko and Joseph Romanowski
3) The Effects of Microgravity on the Tensile Strength of Bombyx mori Silk. PI: Ashley Noble.
The Level II scientific review panel at the national SSEP selected the flight experiment for Stockton:
Analysis of double-stranded break repair in haploid Saccharomyces cerevisiae under spaceflight conditions. from PI's Mathew Elko, Daniel Stoyko and Joseph Romanowski working with mentor D. Michael Law.
Currently the Flight operations team is optimizing the experiment to be submitted to NASA for flight safety review and final clearance to be included in the mission flight payload. Once cleared, the experimental flight minilab will be loaded at Stockton and shipped to Nanoracks/Dream Up in Houston for integration into the flight payload. It will then move to the launch site in preparation for launch.
The launch for Mission 13 is scheduled for late spring 2019. Currently there is not a firm date but you can check with the M13 Flight Operations page of the SSEP for updates as well as the NASA Launch Schedule site. It is expected that the launch will be from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, FL; but that could change. Stockton will send a students and faculty team to attend the launch of Mission 13 and present research posters to the public at the launch as occurred for Mission 11 (2017) and Mission 12 (2018).
Stockton SSEP students from Mission 12 and Mission 13 will be attending the SSEP National Conference at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in late June, 2019. SSEP students from Mission 11 and Mission 12 attended the 2018 SSEP National Conference in June 2018.