On November 15th, San Marino students will be participating in an unprecedented conference linking the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, NASA, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Department of Education, and the astronauts of the International Space Station.
Currently 23 Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, SSEP, experiments are aboard the International Space Station, reflecting nearly 7,000 students actively engaged in the experiment design and proposal writing. The International Space Station Commander Sunita Williams, along with astronaut Kevin Ford, will be conducting the live video conference from the ISS. 24 SSEP communities from across the United States and Canada will be participating in this 80 minute program with opening remarks from the US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
Each community will be allowed to ask a question to one of the astronauts aboard the ISS or to former astronaut Leland Melvin, associate administrator of education for NASA. San Marino students have been involved in Mission 1 and Mission 2 to the ISS and have flown student designed mission patches on Mission 1. Over 300 of our brightest from the district are currently submitting their experimental proposal for Mission 3 and many more will be soon participating in the mission patch design competition. The live video conference will be held at the Career Center at San Marino High School at 8:45 a.m.
The Student Space Flight Experiments Program [or SSEP] is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in partnership with NanoRacks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity 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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