YouTube is starting a competition for students to suggest an experiment to be done in outer space and prizes include space training. As part of their newly launched Space Lab channel, YouTube wants to inspire future space travelers and those interested in the topic.
"Can plants survive beyond Earth? Can proteins observed in space reveal the mysteries of life? Science experiments aboard the International Space Station (ISS) could unlock the answers and now we're giving you a chance to ask the questions. Today, we're launching YouTube Space Lab with Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Space Lab is a new galactic channel on YouTube that will lift off from your laptop, taking you to interesting and awesome videos from around the world... and beyond," the Official Google Blog reported.
While the promotion is another push by Google to get more users generating content for their properties, they may have been a little more thoughtful in their name selection – the original Sky Lab crashed to earth in Australia July 1979, almost 10 years after the first man walked on the moon.
Guess Google doesn't think lightning will strike twice and this new Sky Lab will remain up in cyber space. Larry Page and Sergey Brin have shown an interest in space for some time. There was a doodle for Yuri Gargarin, the company has been working with NASA and Brin has booked to travel in space when technology allows.
No doubt the channel will be well used by science teachers throughout the global. Now we have to wait and see what experiment idea gets the space training.