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First Mission Discovery Experiments to Launch to Space!!!

How many high school students (ages 14-18) do you know that have had an experiment flown and carried out in space? Not many, if any, I bet! Can you imagine how exciting that would be? I know I certainly would have loved to have been able to say my experiment and flown into space when I was that age!

Well that is exactly what some students from King’s College Mission Discovery 2012 are going to be able to say. The 2 winning team’s experiments from the 2012 King’s College Mission Discovery are manifested to launch via Orbital’s Orb-1 Mission on Thursday bound for the International Space Station! WOW!

General Use Mission Patch

One of the experiments will test the effectiveness of antibiotics on E. Coli in space, something that has never been examined in depth before. The findings could have significant implications for the health of astronauts in space and the development of antibiotics here on earth.

The second experiment will examine whether slime mold grows three-dimensionally in space due to the lack of gravity. We know that here on earth slime mold has spatial memory, and can even solve mazes by avoiding its own trails.

See photos here on ISSET’s Facebook page of the students building their experiments.


Launch is currently scheduled for Thursday at 9:19pm (Eastern Time) out of Wallop’s Launch Facility. As anyone associated with any sort of spaceflight knows this can of course change so be sure to check for status at the Orbital Page for updates


I am excited to say that I will be there to view the launch and many of the surrounding activities so I promise photos and updates as often as I can! Follow along (if you’re not already) on Twitter as well – my handle is @spacechelle.

And if you’re interested in the opportunity to compete to have your experiment flown into space – check out the various ISSET Mission Discovery Events that are being offered all over the world in 2014! http://isset.org/mission_discovery/  Worth noting – most Mission Discovery events are open to High School AND University students. Are you a University that would be interested in hosting a Mission Discovery? Let me know! I would love to talk to you about it!

Space Inspires! I feel so incredibly fortunate to be part of this!

Stay tuned!

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July 2014!

The title of this blog may be incredibly simple but I thought it says it all (for me at least)… I am excited to announce that as of now July of 2014 is going to be the biggest month (at least so far) for Mission Discovery EVER!


I am very excited to announce that the month of July 2014 is completely full of scheduled Mission Discovery events!!! WOW!

Officially scheduled so far are the following Mission Discovery Events:

  • Kings College Mission Discovery (London, England) 7-11 July 2014
  • Mission Discovery Renfrewshire (Scotland)  14-18 July 2014
  • Mission Discovery Valparaiso University (in Indiana an hour from Chicago)  21-25 July 2014
  • Mission Discovery St John’s College (Annapolis, Maryland) 28 July – 1 August 2014

Additionally we are working on a few others but as you can see dates are filling up fast on our schedule!

I know the information for these events is not out at  http://isset.org/mission_discovery/  yet but I can promise you it’s coming so keep checking back!

And don’t worry – if your area is interested in hosting a Mission Discovery we can still work with you to find a date that it will fit in.

More details via the website, this blog and social media regarding specifics of the camps (as we have the materials to promote them finished) as well a

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A Great Week for Mission Discovery Planning

This past week was a crazy busy one (especially for being home and not on travel working) even by my standards! But it was a great week! I am excited to say that we have a lot of amazing things in work that I am very very excited about.

We are working hard to expand Mission Discovery to many more places so more people have the opportunity to get to attend the program and experience this incredibly unique event. It is official that we will have a Mission Discovery at Valparaiso University July 21-25, 2014. Yes I know that seems a ways away but it’s great because it gives us plenty of time to plan! We are working on the promotional materials for it right now and I will share those with all of you as soon as they are done.

I’m also excited about some more possibilities that I have been working on very actively but I can’t give you any details yet because they have not been confirmed and are still in the “working to make it a definite planned event” stage. What I can tell you is that I am working on potentially 2 different Mission Discovery programs on the East Coast of the US – one of these will be slightly different than the usual 5 day program… But again you will have to wait a bit longer before I can give you more information on those.

I’m also excited about a couple additional prospects for summer of 2013 in the UK. No details yet but some definite real possibilities…

Am I driving you crazy with giving you teasers of information but no solid information? If so I’m sorry about that but I do promise that I will give you all information about all of these things as soon as I can!

Now back to an evening of relaxing for me because hopefully this week will have lots more Mission Discovery planning work in store for me!

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend!

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Mission Discovery Embry Riddle

Mission Discovery Embry Riddle

Ever wanted to spend a week working with an astronaut? Have an opportunity to compete to have an experiment of YOURS sent into space? Interested in a visit to Florida? Well I have just the thing for you then… Mission Discovery at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida in late July 2013.

Come participate in an incredibly unique week long experience and see a fantastic Aerospace University with 2 “spacey” grads – astronaut Nicole Stott and myself!

Register today (April 10th) and get a $50 discount! Spread the word to as many people as you can! Let’s make the first Mission Discovery in the US… dare I say it…. OUT OF THIS WORLD!!


Embry Riddle Patch

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Everybody Loves an Astronaut

Don’t know if you all have seen these commercials from Axe but we think they are hilarious!! I especially love this one because I was in high school in the area that Bryce Drew was (and my school played his) so I have always been a big fan of his. Obviously he went on to play at Valparaiso University as well and I remember this actual shot very well!

I think this commercial is so timely too for me… We are currently working hard on all the details for a Mission Discovery at Valparaiso University in July of 2014 so stay tuned for those! In the meantime check out the video for a good laugh!

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Glasgow was Out of This World!

I just returned to my home in the US from an incredible trip to Glasgow. Why Glasgow you might ask? Well that’s a great question and I am glad you did ask 🙂  While on the Astronaut Leadership Experience in the Gobi Desert recently I was lucky enough to become friends with 2 gals on the trip from Glasgow. I won’t go into the lengthy details but the bottom line is we got along famously and as a result while I was “over the pond” I swung through Glasgow for an amazing evening talking about space and how Glasgow can get involved in Mission Discovery, Astronaut Leadership Experiences & Message to the Moon!

29 Studios put on an amazing event where I was fortunate enough to meet many wonderful people who I suspect are going to help me make this happen in Glasgow! Don’t you want to be part of it too?!?!?!?
Check out the 29 Studios page about the event

http://www.29studios.com/?page_id=1199  (Sorry for some reason Word Press is giving me issues with actually linking this. Grrrrr!!)

The event at 29 Studios picked up so much attention I was asked to be on Scotland Tonight which was live and thus a little nerve wracking but it went well I think!

If you would like to see the video from that check out this link to my personal blog (sorry I can’t upload video here without paying an upgrade fee.)


Grrrrrrr – once again why won’t Word Press work like it’s supposed to? The link button in the editing/writing phase isn’t working. Sorry I guess you will have to copy and paste in the link to your browser.

I am so thankful to 29 Studios (all of whom I now consider dear friends) and my dear dear friends Gillian & Michelle for making it such an awesome trip. I can’t wait to go back to Glasgow!


Kev & Gillian


Michelle & chelle


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Ken and chelle arrive in England!

We arrived on Thursday and Chris was kind enough to pick us up at the airport. Everywhere we go we try and see a local site for some culture and history. We headed to Kent (where we had events on Friday) and decided to check out Leeds Castle. What a beautiful place! Lovely green grounds and a fantastically beautiful castle.

We enjoyed touring about and learning about the castle but I think perhaps what amused us the most was the maze we came across on the castle grounds. This was a serious maze and we all got lost in it and eventually had to follow some kid who was getting directions from a guide in the center of the maze (where your goal is to get to because it’s elevated and it’s the way out.) We decided that getting through the maze could be a great team task for one of our events (Mission Discovery or the Leadership Adventures) if only we could figure out how the heck to get it to wherever our location is 🙂

Friday we headed to Cornwallis Academy – which has an absolutely beautiful new school – to speak with the students.

Ken, Chris and myself each spoke to 2 different groups of students about space and motivation. We were once again delighted by wonderful questions from the students. It was also very neat for us to see a different kind of school design. Instead of traditional classrooms they were set up in what they call plazas where more students can be accommodated at once and teaching is done in a team fashion.


Main Corridor of the School

Friday evening we had a lovely dinner at another local school (of similar design to Cornwallis Academy) and met some great folks! It was a delightful dinner (very tasty!) with fantastic decorations compliments of 2 gentleman from a local astronomical society (both very big space fans which of course we loved about them!) We did a bit of a presentation and enjoyed more great questions and dialogue with the attendees.

Our stop in Kent was a great start to our events in the UK! Saturday we headed to London to tie up odds and ends for Mission Discovery which will run the whole week from July9-13…. More about that soon!

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Another ISSET Adventure Begins for chelle & Ken

Wow I feel like we just got back from the Gobi ISSET Adventure… oh wait we did! 🙂 It’s been a crazy few weeks with moving to Annapolis (and living out of suitcases – sort of – in a hotel) and getting ready for the next adventure but I think we are good to go! Today we head to London for Kings College Mission Discovery. But first up a stop off in Kent so we can excite some of the young folks there about science! We will be speaking at a school during the day and then having a lovely dinner that evening. Then it’s back to London to prep for our Mission Discovery. We are always excited about all of the Mission Discovery (MD) camps that we get to do but we are especially excited about this one because it’s official – the winning project from the week WILL get to fly into space!!! The Kings MD has a biomedical focus and we have some absolutely amazing presenters from NASA, Kings and various other parts of the world including a Nobel Prize Winner! Wow! What a line-up! I am pretty sure there’s still room for some non-residential students so check out the ISSET website (http://www.isset.org) for more information and to sign up!

Does this all sound incredibly cool but you can’t make it to Kings? Well let us know if your area is interested in hosting a Mission Discovery and we will do our best to make it so!!!

I’ll try and keep you posted on how our week is going! Stay tuned….

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Wanna help us out at King’s College Mission Discovery?

There are so many exciting things happening with ISSET these days and while the King’s College Mission Discovery is not the next exciting thing in line I wanted to post how you can help us with this event if you have any interest in doing so!

The King’s College Mission Discovery is going to be absolutely amazing!  This Mission Discovery will have a Biomedical Focus and we will have world acclaimed speakers about space and biomedical for our attendees to learn from (including an astronaut!)

So how can you help? So glad you asked! Here’s a list of ideas for you to consider…

  • Help us spread the word! Post the link to your pages. Email it to your friends and colleagues.
  • Sponsor a student to attend
  • Do you think you have something to offer in presentation at the camp? Let us know! We love to have as many people as are willing and appropriate to present to give the attendees as much info as possible!
  • Do you have a business? Or maybe even you as an individual just want to do this – Help us out by sponsoring some “items” for the camp. Here are some more ideas for that…
  1. Various items to use as prizes. We have daily awards and a big overall award for the week so we need items of all varieties and values. (We especially like space items – mission patches, posters etc. but honestly we are open to all ideas!)
  2. Snacks and drinks for the week for the students
  3. Dinners for the week at restaurants for the Mission Discovery Team
  4. School supplies – we need markers, colored pencils, tape, pens, paper, sticky tack, scissors
  5. Airfare – to fly the Mission Discovery Team in
  6. Hotel nights – the Mission Discovery Team needs a place to sleep at night!
  7. T-Shirts – ideally we’d like to have a t-shirt for every attendee with the various sponsors on the back of the shirt

Obviously the idea of Mission Discovery is to spread the good word about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) subjects to students – the more items we have sponsored the more money we have to spend on the students and also the more students we can  allow to attend without any fees. If you are in the UK, ISSET is a registered non-profit so you get the bonus of a tax benefit for any donation. We are working to get a US version of an ISSET non-profit set-up so we can offer that same benefit to US donors. Of course we want to spread the good word about your donation (because we would be so appreciative!) so there would be some extra benefits for you based on the value of your donation. If you are interested in knowing more please email me at mham@isset.org and I can send you more details!

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Working with some Amazing Folks in Georgia

I am super tired but I just got back from an absolutely fantastic business trip. I met Chris in Atlanta and we went to Columbus, Georgia (where Fort Benning is for those of you who are familiar with that Army Base) to meet with some folks from the Coca Cola Science Center at Columbus State University.


This place is a great learning center -they’ve got a Challenger Center, an observatory and a fantastic domed theater. But what makes this place truly amazing is the people there. When you meet them there is no mistaking their commitment and excitement about getting kids excited about STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). There is an absolute exuberance of ideas and I just know they are going to do so many amazing things with folks!!

There are a variety of programs we are hoping to work with them on including Message to the Moon, Transit of Venus, Mission Discovery and more! I think they will become a leader in STEM education using space studies to excite young kids!

Also stay tuned… I’ve told you more about Mission Discovery – next up I will tell you more about our Leadership Adventure programs!

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