On July 2nd & 3rd a contingent of SOCSD staff, students, and families headed down to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC for the 2014 Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) National Convention. Since three Cottage Lane Elementary students had their experiment chosen to fly to the International Space Station on July 11th, and one Cottage Lane student who, along with one TZHS student had their patches chosen to fly on the same flight, the purpose of the trip to Washington, DC to attend the Convention was obvious. Students attended two days of keynote presentations from Dr. Don Thomas, NASA astronaut; Jeff Manber, Managing Director of NanoRacks; and Dr. John Grant a Geologist that works with the Curiosity Rover on Mars. They also got to watch an IMAX movie which featured the farthest reaches of our universe in 3D, and most importantly, students whose “Lettuce” experiment will fly to outer space got to present their work to the Convention audience which included; one of NASA’s astronauts, the managing director of NanoRacks, a researcher from St. Jude’s, previous SSEP mission participants, and other scientists, student teams, teachers, community leaders, and families from across the country. The students also presented a poster to museum goers in the Space Race Gallery.
Staff, students, and family members will this week make their way to the Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Launchpad at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to witness the launch of Orb-2 Cygnus for its journey to the International Space Station. In addition to the supplies it will be carrying will be the experiment of CL’s Colm Shalvey, Luke Rabinowitz, & Zachary Visconti as well as the winning patch designs of CL’s Olivia Jones, and TZHS’s Carlee DeFrancesco.
Watch the launch coverage on NASA TV on Friday 7/11 beginning at 1:00 pm with the following link: