- Rocket Launch
Mar. 2: Crew Dragon Demo Launch to ISS
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station. Because it is a test, this flight will not carry people, science experiments, or critical supplies. Launch time: 2:49:03 am EST.
Feb 16 & 18: Go For Launch! Fort Collins Series
Go For Launch! is a multi-day program operated by Higher Orbits that uses Space Exploration to launch student involvement in STEAM, teamwork, communication, and leadership. This is a two-day event at Fort Collins High School, Fort Collins, CO. 9:00am – 5:00pm.
January 28: Orion’s Quest Launches New Student Mission
Orion’s Quest will release CµRE (Cancer Microgravity Research Experiment), a free educational program that uses data from a real ISS experiment. Students’ analyses actually support the work of ISS researcher Shou-Ching Jaminet, who is looking to bring an innovative cancer drug to market!
Participating teachers receive curriculum materials, suggestions for classroom activities, and access for students to analyze photos from both and space- and ground-based experiments.
Jan. 26-27: Go For Launch! in Durham, NC
Students in the Durham area can sign up to attend a Go For Launch! workshop led by Higher Orbits. Learn about spaceflight and solve team challenges, work with astronauts, scientists, and other mentors, and compete for the opportunity to send your experiment to space! Learn more about the Durham event
January 19 & 21: Go For Launch! in Seattle, WA
Students in the Seattle area can sign up to attend a Go For Launch! workshop led by Higher Orbits. Learn about spaceflight and solve team challenges, work with astronauts, scientists, and other mentors, and compete for the opportunity to send your experiment to space! Learn more about the Seattle event
- Student Experiments Launch
Dec. 5: SpaceX CRS-16 Launch to the ISS
(Rescheduled from Dec. 4) A SpaceX Dragon capsule will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS. It will carry supplies and science experiments, including many experiments designed by students!
- Student Experiments Launch
Nov. 17: NG-10 Launch to the ISS
A Northrop Grumman Cygnus capsule launched on an Antares rocket carrying 7,400 pounds of supplies and science experiments to the ISS.
On November 19, Serena Auñón-Chancellor captured the Cygnus using the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm.
Here’s an overview of the science on board from the ISS National Laboratory:
- ISS Event
Nov. 24: ARISS Radio Contact with ISS Crew Member
Students in Goffs, Nova Scotia talked with Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor while she was in orbit! The Amateur Radio on the ISS program organizes these events.
Nov. 28: Entries Due for Growing Beyond Earth Challenge (Grades K-5)
The Fairchild Challenge by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an award-winning environmental science program with multiple competitions each school year. The second challenge for 2018-19 is Growing Beyond Earth: Greetings From Earth for grades K-5. Design a way to grow plants on spacecraft for missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond! Register Your School and Submit Entries
- Program Deadline
Nov. 30: Proposal Deadline for Ham Radio Contacts with ISS
Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS) is an international free program that enables students to talk with astronauts on the ISS over ham radio. Schools, libraries, and other community centers can submit proposals through November 30, 2018 for radio contacts to be scheduled in July-December 2019. Submit an ARISS Proposal
Oct. 25-27: Space Station Explorers at FAST Conference
We were at the 2018 Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) Conference in Miami, Florida. This year’s theme “Full STEM Ahead!” focused on using new and engaging learning experiences to excite K-12 students about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).
- Student Experiment
Aug. 10: Zero Robotics Middle School Finals on the ISS
After a summer of learning to code and competing in virtual phases of the Zero Robotics competition, the finalists uploaded their code to the real SPHERES robots on the ISS. Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold were referees for the action onboard the ISS.
Students gathered at MIT (Cambridge, MA) and the Center for Space Education at Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral, FL) and the tournament was streamed online.
Related story: Students’ Code Controls Robots on the Space Station
- July 23-26
ISS Research & Development Conference
The International Space Station Research & Development Conference is the best place to learn about the recent achievements and still-untapped potential of the ISS in the realms of science, technology, and industry. Plenary sessions feature several astronauts. Technical sessions show in detail how ISS-based research can benefit humanity and pave the way for commercialization of low earth orbit.
Learn more and register at issconference.org.