The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is proud to announce the new Community Profiles and Local Partners: SSEP Mission 2 to ISS page.

The 11 communities profiled on the page are providing the opportunity for 15,120 grade 5-12 students to design and propose real experiments for flight aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of SSEP Mission 2 to ISS. A total of 72 schools in 9 States are engaged. Four of the communities participated in earlier SSEP flight opportunities on Space Shuttle missions STS-134 and STS-135, and Mission 1 to ISS.

Each community has a real research mini-laboratory reserved to fly on ISS for a microgravity flight experiment selected through their local SSEP experiment design competition. The Mission 2 to ISS community leadership project that a minimum of 4,530 students will be fully engaged in experiment design, and a minimum of 932 flight experiment proposals from student teams will be received.

A total of 32,650 grade preK-12 students are being given the opportunity to participate in SSEP Mission 2 community-wide programming, which includes the design of Mission Patches to fly aboard ISS.

Besides the 11 school districts participating in Mission 2, we would like to thank over 50 partner organizations that have made Mission 2 possible through generous underwriting, and through support from their research staff. The new page provides a comprehensive list of the entire national network of Mission 2 partners.

Partnership? It makes the world go round — for thousands of these students, many of whom might decide to become America’s next generation of scientists and engineers because of this experience. So please pass on this post to your staff along with a heartfelt thank you, so that all can take pride in what we are doing together.

Jump to the Community Profiles and Local Partners: SSEP Mission 2 to ISS page


SSEP is the first pre-college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture. SSEP is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

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