Video content site YouTube as well as computer company Lenovo have come together to roll out a worldwide initiative that targets 14 to 18 year-old high school students, gaining the assistance of space agencies NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in the process to roll out the YouTube Space Lab, an initiative that enables students to design a science experiment which astronauts will then perform in space. Hmmm, space monkeys pulling tricks now? :)

A couple of experiments will have the privileged of being performed from space as well as live-streamed on YouTube, so make sure what you have in mind is good enough to impress the panel of venerable judges who include Stephen Hawking, ESA astronaut Frank De Winne and Cirque du Soleil’s founder Guy Laliberté. Interested students are required to submit a 2-minute YouTube video describing their experiment, and when March 2012 rolls around, half a dozen finalists will head off to Washington DC in order to take part in a ZERO-G flight that simulates the experience of life in outer space.

With two winners selected from the crop, their experiments will then be conducted 250 miles above Earth.

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