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ESA sponsors the YouTube Space lab student science competition

Space Lab winners will send their experiments into space!

27 March 2012
The winners of the Space Lab science competition have now been announced! Chosen from thousands of student entries, the two winning science experiments will be carried out on the International Space Station and streamed live to the world.

The winners in the 14 to 16 year-old category are Dorothy and Sara from Detroit, Michigan, USA. Their experiment looks at how the weightless conditions in space affect bacteria. In the 17 to 18 year-old category, Amr from Egypt was chosen because of his idea to study how the Zebra spider will adapt to life on the Space Station.

A panel of scientists, astronauts and teachers, including astronauts Frank De Winne and Samantha Cristoforetti, judged the entries with input from the YouTube community.

The winners can choose from two amazing prizes. Either they can choose to go to Japan to watch their experiment lift off or, if they are patient and wait until they are 18 years old, the winners can choose a one-of-a-kind astronaut training experience, travelling to Star City in Russia, the training centre for all Russian cosmonauts.

As well as these awards, regional winners from Europe, the Middle East and Africa are invited to ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany to discuss their experiments with ESA astronauts, followed by a hands-on tour of the European training facilities.

To make the visit even more memorable, ESA astronaut André Kuipers will call from the International Space Station for an exclusive talk with the finalists.

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