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A Fitting Tribute to the STS-51L Challenger Crew PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaurieRuberg   
Friday, 28 January 2011 17:35

Challenger STS-51L CrewThe United States of America holds a bond with exploration and discovery that is part of our roots as a nation and people.  The challenges inherent in space exploration were called out by Kennedy in his 1962 speech at Rice University in which he says, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard,” (John F. Kennedy, 1962 speech at Rice University). Today on this 25th anniversary of the Challenger STS-51L tragedy, we invite teachers and students to extend their reach and submit a proposal for an experiment slot in a real microgravity research mini-laboratory flying on Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, explains that, “The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is seeking education community submissions for student experiments aboard the STS-135 mission, which is the final flight of the Atlantis shuttle.  Last week NASA announced that STS-135, is now formally on the launch schedule. SSEP is a historic opportunity to engage communities in a remarkable U.S. nationSSEP logoal STEM education program. The goal is 50 communities participating, engaging 100,000 students in experimental design for experiments to fly on Atlantis.”


This is a truly remarkable opportunity for your school district on the final flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-135)  - which is the historic final flight of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.  All participating communities must be aboard by March 15, 2011.  Read more…


Last Updated on Friday, 28 January 2011 18:01