SSEP Mission 1 Researcher Ryan Puri, San Marino, CA, interviewed at KSC Press Site, May 19, 2012, Click for Zoom

This past week saw the historic launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, and the first berthing of a commercial vehicle with the International Space Station. The Aquarius payload of SSEP Mission 1 to ISS experiments was the only science payload aboard.

There was extensive media coverage of the flight of Aquarius on Dragon, reflecting the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and recognizing the achievements of student researchers across America.

Below is list of articles that reflect SSEP coverage by NASA, the national press, and local media outlets. We have also added these articles to the official SSEP In the News page, which is now quite extensive with over 150 links to articles, and found at the SSEP Community Network Hubsite.

If we have omitted any articles from the list below, please contact us with the link and we will add it to the list.


NASA Coverage

SSEP Mission 1 researchers Cameron Zandstra, Jack Barth, and JP Peerbolte, Lake County, IN, interviewed at KSC Press Site, April 19, 2012, Click for Zoom

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International Space Station Experiment/Payload Overview, May 23, 2012

SpaceX Dragon Transports Student Experiments to Space Station
NASA Press Release 12-160, May 22, 2012

This release was picked up by a significant number of media outlets, some examples:
MarketWatch: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/spacex-dragon-transports-student-experiments-to-space-station-2012-05-22
SpaceRef: http://spaceref.com/education/spacex-dragon-transports-student-experiments-to-space-station.html
Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/spacex-dragon-transports-student-experiments-space-station-105213825.html;_ylt=A2KJ3CWX1cRPZhoA_RzQtDMD

Updated Coverage for NASA/SpaceX Launch and Mission to Station
NASA Media Advisory M12-087 with SSEP Student Interview Logistics, May 16, 2012

Space Station — Here We Come!
Feature Article, NASA.gov, May 11, 2012

Sub-feature articles written by 11 of 12 Mission 1 to ISS Communities:
San Marino, CA: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-san-marino.html
West Hills, CA: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-west-hills.html
Hartford, CT: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-hartford.html
Washington, DC: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-washington-dc.html
Lake County, IN: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-lake-county.html
Ida County, IA: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-ida-county.html
Charles County, MD: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-charles-county.html
Fitchburg, MA: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-fitchburg.html
Pleasanton-Norris, NE: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-nebraska.html
Houston, TX: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-houston.html
El Paso, TX: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/ssep-el-paso.html

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Inspires with Mission 1
Feature Article, International Space Station Research News, NASA.gov, January 11, 2012

Media Interviews of SSEP Student Researchers at Kennedy Space Center
Press Site, During SpaceX Launch Attempt on May 19, 2012

Ryan Puri, San Marino, CA:
Cameron Zandstra, Jack Barth, and JP Peerbolte, Lake County, IN:
Emily Soice, Houston Texas:
Dr. Freya Shepard, Researcher Advisor for Charles County, MD:
Anthonette Pena, Teacher Facilitator, Washington, DC:
NASA Press Conference attended by SSEP Researchers:


National Coverage

Researcher Emily Soice, Houston Texas, interviewed at KSC Press Site, May 19, 2012, Click for Zoom

VIDEO: Student science is underway with SpaceX
SPACEPORTS, May 23, 2012

SpaceX Launches With 15 Dreams Onboard
Forbes, May 22, 2012

EXCELLENT ARTICLE: Chemistry SSEP Student Scientists at the SpaceX Dragon Launch
About.com Chemistry, May 19, 2012

Testing Private Ship to the Space Station, and Wine, Too
New York Times, May 17, 2012

Space Spiders and Wine: Weird Science Launching on Private Space Capsule
SPACE.com, May 17, 2012

SpaceX mission to include student experiments, emblems
Work will be among first payloads delivered to space station by private craft
Space.com on MSNBC.com, May 16, 2012


Local Coverage

West Hills and San Marino, California

VIDEO: SpaceX Carries SoCal Students’ Experiments
KNBC-TV, May 25, 2012

VIDEO: SpaceX Dragon capsule reaches space station; Soon to be unloaded

VIDEO: Chaminade students have science experiment aboard SpaceX flight
Daily News Los Angeles, May 23, 2012


Hartford, Connecticut

Enter The ‘Dragon’: Hartford Science Experiment Aboard First Commercial Flight To Space Station
Hartford Courant, May 22, 2012

Hartford Experiment To Fly On ‘Dragon,’ First Commercial Flight To International Space Station
Hartford Courant, February 12, 2012


Washington, DC

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule docks with international space station
Washington Post, May 25, 2012

DC Middle-School Students’ Work Launched Into Space
Washingtonian, May 25, 2012


Lake County, Indiana

Avicenna experiments set for Space Station
Post-Tribune, May 17, 2012

Into Space and Beyond
Crown Point Community.com, NWI TImes, May 7, 2012

Area students eye second space mission
January 6, 2012


Charles County, Maryland

SpaceX rocket carries Maryland science project into space
The Baltimore Sun, May 25, 2012


Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Monty Tech experiment headed for space
News Telegram, March 9, 2012


Pleasanton-Norris, Nebraska

Norris students’ experiment to be sent to space
Klkntv, February 9, 2012


Houston, Texas

VIDEO: HISD student experiments onboard delayed rocket
abc13, May 19, 2012

VIDEO: Space X launch scheduled for Saturday morning
abc13, May 18, 2012

Students set sights high for their experiments destined for the space station
Chron.com, May 6, 2012

Space station to get Johnston, Parker students’ projects
Ultimate Bellaire, April 30, 2012

HISD Student Experiments Make History on SpaceX Dragon
Village News, April 24, 2012


Mission 2

Russell County, VA

Students reaching for the stars in Russell County
TriCities.com, March 10, 2012

Virginia Students to Launch SSEP Mission 2 to Space Station in mid-October, 2012
SPACEPORTS, March 10, 2012


SSEP is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in partnership with NanoRacks LLC. This on-orbit, real research opportunity for students 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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