YouTube, NASA Space Lab Experiments Set to Live Stream from International Space Station

YouTube will feature the science experiments of three lucky high school students from Egypt and the United States at the International Space Station on September 13, and is a partnership between YouTube, NASA, the European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Lenovo.

The 40-minute event will be broadcast on YouTube starting at 9:30am EST, and is hosted by Bill Nye “The Science Guy.” Winners Amr Mohammed from Egypt and Dorothy Chen and Sarah Ma from Michigan will have their experiments tested by U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams at the YouTube Space Lab.
Mohammed won with his experiment question about microgravity and whether zebra spiders can catch their prey in space. Chen and Ma’s winning experiment focused on whether space can help Earth fight germs more effectively.

The three winners had an opportunity to visit space exploration facilities abroad, with Mohammed visiting the Russian space agency’s astronaut training center in Star City, Russia, and Chen and Ma checked out their superbug experiment blast off in southern Japan.

In addition to featuring the winners’ experiments, the event will also feature films about the Space Lab since its launch last year.

Space Lab founder Zahaan Bharmal said in a press release: “Our hope is that this live stream from space will be the world’s largest, coolest scientific classroom. Today’s Space Lab winners – as well as the millions of other young minds watching the stream on YouTube – represent tomorrow’s space explorers. They may one day walk on Mars!”

YouTube’s involvement in space exploration and the cultivation of future scientists has opened doors for new ideas and educational opportunities. NASA has also been making inroads on making science fun and appealing to the digital generation through online contests, experiments and even live-streaming events.