YouTube Space Lab
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YouTube Space Lab and LENOVO invite high-school students across the world to join a space science challenge.YouTube and Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures and space agencies including the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA , the European Space Agency (ESA),
and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, today announced YouTube Space Lab, a worldwide initiative, including the Middle East, that challenges 14 to 18 year old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. The winner or winning team’s experiment will be conducted aboard the International Space Station ‘ISS’, making it the largest science lesson streamed live for the world to watch on YouTube.
A prestigious panel of scientists, astronauts and educators has been assembled, including His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, astronaut and payload specialist aboard space shuttle mission STS-51-G in 1985, and the first Arab and Muslim to travel to space. The panel also includes renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist and professor Stephen Hawking, NASA Associate Administrator for Education, Leland Melvin, and astronaut and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté will judge the entries with input from the YouTube community. Students in two age categories, 14-16 years old and 17-18 years old, either alone or in groups of up to three, may submit a YouTube video describing their experiment to YouTube.com/SpaceLab.
Six regional finalists will gather in Washington, D.C. in March 2012 to experience a ZERO-G flight and receive other prizes. From them, two global winners, one from each age group, will be announced and will see their experiments performed 250 miles above Earth through a live stream on YouTube. Additionally, the global winners’ or winning teams will get to choose a unique space experience as a prize: either a trip to Japan to watch their experiment blast off to space, or a trip to Star City, Russia, the training center for Russian cosmonauts.