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YouTube Space Lab: A Galactic Channel Launches

YouTube Space Lab launches today 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, announced Google.

Space Lab is launched 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).

“All future astronauts and space enthusiasts can find inspiration in the space related content on YouTube.com/SpaceLab, and is one of many educational channels available under YouTube.com/EDU. Educators can also visit YouTube.com/Teachers to learn how to better incorporate video into the classroom,” said Zahaan Bharmal, YouTube Space Lab lead. Adding, “We’re developing a YouTube for Schools pilot aimed at making YouTube accessible in more schools. If you want to be notified when it’s ready, sign up.”

Bharmal notes “Interested students with an idea for a science experiment that can be conducted in space can upload a video explaining it to YouTube by December 7, 2011. The YouTube community and a panel of distinguished scientists, astronauts and expert judges, including Professor Stephen Hawking, will pick the best ones.” If your video is selected, it’ll be performed aboard the ISS and live streamed on YouTube to the world in 2012.

“The prizes for the winners include: ZERO-G flights, Lenovo IdeaPad laptops and your choice of either a trip to Tanegashima Island, Japan, to watch your experiment blast off in a rocket bound for the ISS, or–once you’re 18–a one-of-a-kind astronaut training experience in Star City, Russia, the training center for Russian cosmonauts,” added Bharmal.

For more information, check out the competition page on the channel or the official rules.

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