Space station science goes live on YouTube

Aug. 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

PARIS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Winners of a science competition will see their space experiments transmitted live from the International Space Station via YouTube, officials said.

In the culmination of the YouTube Spacelab competition held by NASA, YouTube, the European Space agency and Lenovo, astronauts will reveal the results of the two winning experiments live from the International Space Station and share them online on YouTube, an ESA release from the agency's Paris headquarters said Wednesday.

The livestream will connect the Station to YouTube's London studio on Sept. 13 and will be hosted by famous TV moderator Bill Nye, "The Science Guy."

The worldwide science competition that challenged 14- to 18-year-olds to design a science experiment for space has crowned two global winners, Amr Mohamed from Alexandria, Egypt, and Dorothy Chen and Sara Ma from Michigan.

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams will perform the winning experiments during a YouTube broadcast from 250 miles above the Earth.

"The YouTube SpaceLab campaign has been an excellent, creative way of reaching out to future generations of scientists, on the ground and in orbit," said Frank De Winne, Europe's first commander of the orbital outpost who served as a judge for the competition.

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