Experiment Design FAQ
- What kind of samples can we use in our experiment?
- Is there a location where experiments can be placed outside of the ISS?
- Can anything be measured while the experiments are on the ISS (ex. rate of growth)?
- Can a direction of light or a length of exposure to a light source be specified for the experiment?
- Can we request that the astronaut stand the tube upright to allow fluids to drain between volumes?
- Is there a chance our samples could freeze during transportation to the ISS?
- How much shaking will the mini-laboratory experience during launch and reentry?
- Does SSEP provide tools or materials for students to use in the experiment design process?
- Can we send food to space in our experiment?
- Can astronauts extract a liquid out of the FME or add a sample into it on orbit?
- What are the limitations when it comes to the astronauts interacting with our experiment?
- Do student teams writing proposals need to test their experiment in advance, or do they just write the proposal, and only the winning group will test and conduct the experiment?
SSEP: Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
ISS: International Space Station
FME: Fluid Mixing Enclosures
Nanoracks: Aerospace company