Mmmm good. Here’s astronaut Koichi Wakata (Japan) to explain. Hey – does Koichi look familiar? He was the crew member operating the SSEP Mission 3b and Mission 4 experiments on orbit in January 2014. See the January 27, 2014, Blog Post.
Here’s a question to ponder – why not just transport fresh water from Earth on a regular basis? Say 40,000 lbs (20 tons) of water a year just for a small crew of 4 astronauts on orbit.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC, working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and Subaru of America, Inc., are National Partners on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.