To readers – if you would like to wish the Mission 11 to ISS student researchers, their teachers, and their communities good luck on the launch of their experiments on SpaceX CRS-12 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, you are invited to leave a comment below:)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard – SpaceX CRS-11 – launches from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Saturday, June 3, 2017. Dragon is carrying almost 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware – including 11 student experiments comprising the SSEP Mission 10 Casper payload – to the International Space Station. This was the 100th launch, and sixth SpaceX launch, from this pad. Previous launches include 11 Apollo flights, the launch of the unmanned Skylab in 1973, 82 shuttle flights and five SpaceX launches. We are now counting down to the launch of SSEP Mission 11 Casper on SpaceX CRS-12 on August 14, 2017. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)  CLICK FOR ZOOM


The SSEP Mission 11 to ISS flight experiments payload America is scheduled to launch Monday, August 14, 2017, at 12:31 pm EDT from historic Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, aboard SpaceX CRS-12.

The launch will be covered live on NASA TV, and we have provided a video portal below if you’d like to watch right here on the SSEP National Program website. Also below is the August 9, 2017, NASA Media Advisory which provides NASA TV live coverage times for the pre-launch news conference on Sunday August 13,  launch on August 14, and arrival at Station on Wednesday, August 16.

In addition, SpaceX will have a live webcast of the launch, and we have also provided a video portal for the SpaceX webcast below.

A heartfelt congratulations to all 80 student researchers comprising the 21 SSEP Mission 11 flight teams – we are all very proud of you.

To SSEP Mission 12 communities – consider this a dry run for launch of the Mission 12 Mercury payload of experiments in mid- 2018. SSEP – real spaceflight all the time. That’s what we promised.

As of this writing, we are at T-minus 2 Days 23 Hours 45 minutes and counting – see the countdown clock in the right column. Godspeed Dragon.

Dr. Jeff Goldstein

SSEP National Program Director
Center Director, National Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Student Researchers Attending Launch at KSC – Available for Interview

There are 33 (of 80) SSEP student researchers traveling down for the launch of their experiments, as part of SSEP delegations representing 12 Mission 11 communities: Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada; iLEAD Consortium, CA; North Hollywood, CA: Hillsborough County, FL; College Park, MD (University of Maryland); Galloway, NJ (Stockton University); Springfield, NJ; Concord, NC; Knox County, TN; Burleson, TX; Lewisville, TX; and Pharr, TX.

Mission 11 to ISS Historical Data
Number of Participating Communities: 21
Scope: 9,870 grade 5-16 students fully engaged in experiment design (includes two undergraduate community at University of Maryland and Stockton University)
Number of student team proposals received: 1,959
Number of experiments selected for flight: 21, one for each community
Announcement of Opportunity: March 30, 2016
Experiment design competition and proposal writing: September 6 – November 4, 2016 (9 Weeks)
Flight experiment selection: December 15, 2016

MEDIA PACKAGE for Mission 11:  Downloadable Documents (PDFs)

Visit the SSEP Mission 11 Media Page

SSEP National Program Overview for Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill

SSEP Mission 11 Impact Profile

Mission 11 Communities  Map

Mission 11 Flight Experiments Summary Table

Mission 11 Flight Experiments: Research Teams and Experiment Descriptions – an experiment-by-experiment summary including community, school, grade level, research team (PIs, Co-Is and Collaborators), and experiment abstract

Historical Multimedia – Mission 10 to ISS Student Researchers Presenting at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Launch Day, June 3, 2017 

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August 9, 2017
NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission

NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its 12th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 12:31 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 14. Coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website Sunday, Aug. 13, with two briefings.

Loaded with more than 6,400 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket. The payloads include crucial materials to directly support several of the more than 250 science and research investigations to be conducted on the orbiting laboratory during Expeditions 52 and 53.

Complete coverage of CRS-12 activities is as follows:

Sunday, Aug. 13

  • 2 p.m. – Prelaunch news conference
  • 3:30 p.m. – “What’s on Board” science briefing

Monday, Aug. 14

  • Noon – Launch coverage
  • 2 p.m. – Post-launch news conference

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • 5:30 a.m. – Spacecraft rendezvous at the space station and capture
  • 8:30 a.m. – Installation to the space station

About 10 minutes after launch, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit and deploy its solar arrays. A carefully choreographed series of thruster firings are scheduled to bring the spacecraft to rendezvous with the space station. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli will grapple Dragon using the space station’s robotic arm. It then will be installed on the station’s Harmony module.

The Dragon spacecraft will spend approximately one month attached to the space station, returning to Earth in mid-September with results of earlier experiments.

For an updated schedule of prelaunch briefings, events and NASA TV coverage, visit:


Learn more about the SpaceX CRS-12 mission at:



The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space MuseumCenter for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and Subaru of America, Inc., are U.S. National Partners on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Magellan Aerospace is a Canadian National Partner on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.

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