Mission Discovery Delhi Team Arrives in India

The team has just arrived in Delhi to carry out a 5 day Mission Discovery (see below) with 230 excited students. The team includes Commander, Steve Swanson, NASA’s Deputy Chief of EVA, Robotics and ISS System Sarah Murray and ISSET Director Chris Barber. These guys are pictured in Agra visiting the Red Fort and the magnificent Taj Mahal, a 15th Century mausoleum designed to house the Mughal Emperor’s favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
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They also went along to meet the ladies of ‘Sheroes’. They have set up a cafe and hang-out for survivors, like themselves of the vicious crime of acid attacks. Such crimes have often been carried out by relatives who the survivors previously thought of as ‘loved-ones’. The ladies seek to raise awareness to stamp out this senseless and unjustifiable brutality towards women and spread a message of hope for future promise to survivors.

Astronaut Steve Swanson, NASA Deputy Chief Sarah Murray and ISSET Director Chris Barber with the inspirational team that run ‘Sheroes’ in Agra

The work of Sheroes supports the women survivors in getting education, work and raising their families. Please take a look at the web site and seriously consider donating to help the women who have suffered front this horrific and unthinkable savagery.
Note: Mission Discovery is a week long programme that enables students to learn directly from astronauts, NASA leaders and world renown scientists. The students work in teams to come up with a design for an experiment to be carried out on the International Space Station by astronauts as they orbit the Earth.

Coming soon: Mission Discovery: Kings College London July 2017 – students are signing up right now, visit our website for more details.


Mission Discovery Experiments to Launch with SpaceX this Friday

This Friday, 5 of our winning Mission Discovery STEM programme experiments will be launched into space aboard SpaceX8, headed to the International Space Station.

The launch is currently set for 4:43 pm EST.

Here are some photos of our students putting together their experiments in the lab:

Astronaut Visit: Ken Bowersox – October 2015

This October, ISSET will be bringing American NASA Astronaut Ken Bowersox to the United Kingdom.


Ken is a NASA Astronaut with experience of five Space Shuttle Missions, two as Commander and a long duration space mission as the Commander of the International Space Station.

An Evening with Ken Bowersox will be taking place on the 15th October in association with our partners ‘Pint of Science’. This event is a chance to come and hear all about space missions with a real NASA astronaut and a former Director of Kennedy Space Center, Jay Honeycutt. The evening will also include some exciting presentations from lecturers at King’s College, London. Professor Steve Harridge will be teaching us about ‘The effect of Space travel on muscles’ and Dr. Julie Keeble will be filling us in on the topic of ‘Student experiments on the International Space Station’. Tickets can be purchased at this link.

Ken will also be leading the Astronaut Leadership Experience Programme in the Lake District as part of his visit. This programme is taking place on 16th – 18th October, 2015. You can sign up here for this programme.

Mission Discovery goes international thanks to Reuters

Thanks to Reuters for covering our story!


Video Link: http://www.reuters.com/assets/iframe/yovideo?videoId=362997252

You can read more or sign up today for the next Mission Discovery Summer School at King’s College, London on the 13th-17th July, 2015 by visiting the following link.

Mission Discovery is an ISSET programme which invites students to work directly with astronauts, astronaut trainers, rocket scientists, and NASA leaders for a week. Students spend the week learning from the Mission Discovery team, with the aim to design an experiment to be launched into space. Successful experiments will be performed aboard the International Space Station.

ISSET at ASE Conference

We are holding a stall at the ASE Conference at the University of Reading from today, Thursday the 8th of January until the 10th.


If you are in the area drop in and see us and collect your personal discount code for Mission Discovery at Kings College London or get up to £175 off a Space Centre Experience in the USA.

Hope to see you there!

See the latest News from Mission Discovery on the BBC this evening

The BBC are following the development of Mission Discovery students’ experiments before their journey into space later this year!

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Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30541114

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ISSET & Koichi Wakata

This week kicks off Live from Space season on Channel 4, featuring a series of programmes designed to display what life is really like on board the International Space Station. One of the astronauts featured was Koichi Wakata, who last weekend became the first Japanese International Space Station Commander!

“I am humbled to assume the command of the space station,” Wakata said during the change-of-command ceremony on March 9, “I am very proud as a Japanese to be given this important command. I think that this reflects the real trust toward Japan and what Japan has achieved over the past years.”

ISSET are huge fans of Koichi, primarily because he was the astronaut that carried out our Mission Discovery experiments on the ISS! Watch our Mission Discovery video below from 6.17 to see Koichi perform the experiments (and surf in microgravity using what looks like a huge sheet of paper)!

Live from Space ends this Sunday, so make sure you tune in to find out more about life for an astronaut on the space station! If you’d like to have an ISS commander like Koichi carry out your experiment in space then sign up for Mission Discovery HERE!