YouTube Space Lab Awards Ceremony 2012

Uploaded by spacelab on 03.04.2012

male #1: Ten,
ignition sequence time,
[shuttle lifting off]

male #2: It's different but it's very pretty out here.
male #1: Roger, over.

[applause and cheering]

Zahaan: In December last year,
I was lucky enough to watch the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory
from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
As we speak that rocket is on its way to Mars
and in August this year
it will be touching down on the red planet.
It was my first rocket launch so obviously it was a huge thrill,
but what made the event so special
was understanding its purpose.
Why send a rocket to Mars?
Because the rocket I saw launch in December
will lead to another rocket
that will lead to another rocket that will lead to another rocket
that will eventually lead to the rocket
that will carry the first man or woman to Mars;
the first human footprints on the red planet.
So the question one asks is,
"Whose footprint is it going to be?"
Now anyone who saw my ungraceful half somersault
on the zero gravity flight yesterday
will know it's not gonna be me.
Probably not most of us in this room.
But it could be Sachin,
it could be Amr,
it could be Emerald,
it could be Dorothy or Sara or Patrick or Derrick
or Laura or Maria.
Today's Space Lab winners are tomorrow's space explorers
and that ladies and gentlemen is why we are here today.
Space Lab was born out of a desire to inspire the next generation;
to give kids the opportunity to design an experiment
that could actually be carried out in space.
To give kids the opportunity
beyond the bounds of to think their curriculum;
to give ordinary children an extraordinary opportunity,
put simply to make reality greater than fiction.
From the millions of people that came to our YouTube Space Lab Channel
we received thousands of entries.
And from those thousands of entries
we got down to 60 regional finalists
and from those 60 finalists
our prestigious panel of judges,
some of whom are here in the audience,
and the YouTube committee picked our six wonderful winning teams.
And I can look at you now,
I have a message to you:
you are all awesome,
you all absolutely incredible
and you have achieved something very, very special.
And not only were your ideas and your experiments awesome,
but having had the privilege of getting to know you
over the last couple of days
I can say that you as people are awesome;
you're the people that give me hope and inspiration
for the future of humanity.
So thank you for your ideas and thank you for everything
and thank you for making Space Lab the event it is.
As some of you will know YouTube Space Lab has been a labor of love
and a long time coming,
but YouTube and Google alone could not make this happen;
it was made possible by a broad and wonderful coalition of partners
who came together united by their shared vision
for inspiring the next generation:
Space Adventures.
all have come together
and over the next few minutes
we're gonna hear from representatives from some of those organizations
to talk about their involvement
and at the end we're gonna hear
which two experiments are gonna get sent into space
250 miles above the earth for the whole world to see.
So I'll stop there
and I'm gonna show you a short video giving you a glimpse
of what we have been up to with the six winning teams
over the last few days in Washington D.C.
Thank you.

Amr Mohamed: It's my first time in the U.S.
and I'm really having a blast.
Emerald Bresnahan: We're from Massachusetts.
I've never been this far from home.
Sara Ma: We've been to Washington D.C.
but never like this.

Emerald Bresnahan: We're all gonna hang out together
and learn about each other
and just have a great time together.

Dorothy Chen: We're about to meet Congressman Gary Peters
and it's really exciting
because he's actually from Troy which is where we're both from.
Emerald Bresnahan: I'm going to be meeting
the Senators of my state, Massachusetts,
Scott Brown and John Kerry today;
very exciting.
I wasn't expecting that today.

Senator Rockefeller: I am in awe.
Sachin Kukke: Senator Rockefeller was really impressed by the ideas.
Senator Rockefeller: We have a lot of top scientists
come before our commitment
but I think you're better than all of them.
Emerald Bresnahan: I think getting meet everybody else
from around the world all coming together
in the pursuit of science and just,
it doesn't matter what language we speak,
where we're from,
we just all came together 'cause we all like space.
That's just really mind blowing,
it's great.
female #1: Welcome to Zero-G orientation.
We are gonna start off --
Patrick Zeng: I really look forward to this
so I'm just really excited right now.
Emerald Bresnahan: Getting to experience what the experiments will be in
with everybody else will be real exciting.
Dorothy Chen: You know it's like honestly a once in a lifetime experience.
Literally it's once in a lifetime.
It's never gonna happen again.
Sara Ma: Yeah.
So we're just gonna take the moment
and then just you know make it last as long as we can.

[group screaming]

Amr Mohamed: We experienced everything:
lunar gravity,
we experienced Martian gravity,
but the best part was zero gravity,
everybody just floating around.
It was incredible.

female #2: I saw people down,
people up.
female #3: We don't know where is the floor and where is the ceiling.
Simply amazing.

Zahaan Bharmal: I'd now like to introduce
Lenovo's Vice President of Consumer Marketing,
Tracey Trachta.
Tracey Trachta: Thank you.
Thank you very much.
I am so thrilled to be here
and so excited to be able to introduce the regional winners
for the 14 to 16 year old age group.
And I have to tell you when Lenovo launched the YouTube Space Lab Program
with YouTube last October
we were very inspired by the idea of it
but since then we've been blown away
by the creativity and the curiosity
and the imagination and frankly the intelligence
that's been demonstrated by kids around the globe.
And as the number one PC provider
for the education space worldwide
being involved in pursuits that further education
is what we're all about,
it's part of our DNA.
So being in a program,
part of a program that celebrates and furthers education
in such an amazing and visible way
is very, very fulfilling for us.
So again we're thrilled to be here.
Something that some of you may not know is that
we also provide the PC technology to the astronauts
on the International Space Station.
And so to celebrate some of the achievements thus far
by these fabulous regional winners
we've given them some of that same technology
to keep them imagining and learning
and inspiring us all into the future.
So without further ado I want to introduce our regional winners
but first we're going to get to know them a little bit
and watch a few videos.

Patrick Zeng: I'm Patrick Zeng,
I'm 17,
currently studying in Auckland Grammar School
in Auckland, New Zealand.
Since I was small I wanted to be a astronaut
and a badminton player, a artist and a scientist,
so it was a mix of everything.
Derek Chan: I'm Derek,
I'm 16 and I go to Auckland Grammar School.
I have an elder sister and I live with my Mum and Dad.
I would like to do veterinary
or I could become an engineer
but I'm not sure what field I would be in.
Patrick he was on YouTube homepage and he just found out that --
Patrick Zeng: There was a banner on the top
and it's just labeled YouTube Space Lab
and I just found out more about it and got quite interested.
Derek Chan: We tried to come up with an idea
that would actually be practical
and useful for astronauts
and just something that we were curious about.
Patrick Zeng: We thought of a basic idea
and just altered the apparatus
that we used to make it more efficient and more visible.
Derek Chan: I do like chemistry
and the idea that everything is made up of much smaller units.
Patrick Zeng: It's really fun to find out that you learned something
and it fits into your daily life and explains how things work.
Derek Chan: I'm starting to get into cycling as a sport
and it's a good exercise.

Patrick Zeng: I really like badminton
because it's got more jumping involved and it's more physical.
Patrick and Derek: Oh.
Patrick Zeng: I think I want to experience the type of quietness
that you experience that will make you wonder:
the wars, the politics are they really that important?
And in space earth
is really, really small.

[speaking in Spanish]

Dorothy Chen: My name is Dorothy Chen,
I'm 16 years old,
I attend Troy High School in Troy, Michigan.
I definitely wanna pursue science as a career.
I don't really see myself doing anything else.
Sara Ma: I'm Sara Ma,
I'm 16 years old from Troy High School in Troy, Michigan.
I like succeeding like just knowing
that if I put my mind to anything I can do it
and it will be done.
Dorothy Chen: We first heard about YouTube Space Lab
through a club at school
it's called Biology Competitions Club.
Sara Ma: We wanted to do something biological instead of physics related
and I guess when we first started brainstorming we wanted do something
that would definitely impact the human race.
Dorothy Chen: If everything works out as we hope
it could just help cure certain diseases.
The idea that something that you made,
something that like is your experiment being sent up into space
and actually becoming a reality is pretty incredible.
Dorothy Chen: Apart from like academics
I think that my life pretty much consists of Winter Guard and bassoon.
Sara Ma: I don't play bassoon but I play piano and I really love it.
Dorothy Chen: Winter Guard is definitely a sort of escape
for that hour, hour and a half
while I'm rehearsing
it's like I don't have to worry about my bio test.
Sara Ma: It's so cool like for science everything relates to each other
like physics is used in chemistry, chemistry is used in biology,
and so on.
Everything's interrelated and it's just,
it's really neat to find those relations.
Dorothy Chen: I do like looking up at the night sky.
I think constellations are the coolest things ever like
just to look and see this vast expanse over us.
I mean we're just one small planet
and there so much more left to explore.

Tracey Trachta: You can see what I'm talking about in terms of inspiration;
you guys are amazing.
So let's bring up first Derek and Patrick
from Auckland, New Zealand.
Second Laura and Maria from Rios, Spain.
[applause] Or nearby.
And lastly Dorothy and Sara from Troy, Michigan.
So before we hand out the awards
we wanted to just ask a few little questions.
Tell us about your,
what was the inspiration for your experiment?
Derek Chan: Well we were looking at the conditions of space.
So we thought,
"Oh, micro gravity is a really unique environment
which gave rise to that we should do physics
'cause it ,
physics depends a lot on gravity and we just thought,
"Okay, convection
that's sort of like a weird form of heat transfer so."
Tracey Trachta: And did you go through iterations?
How long did it take to come up with the submission?
Patrick Zeng: To be honest the idea was there for a long time
but to develop it it took us about a week or so
and then so make the video about a month or so yeah.
Tracey Trachta: Fabulous.
Maria and Laura
tell us a little bit about,
oh, sorry excuse me.
Zahaan Bharmal: You forgot the most important part.
Tracy Trachta: The awards.

Zahaan Bharmal: Derek,
this for you.
Patrick for you.
Tracey Trachta: So you've come a long way from Rios, Spain.
Tell us about the experience,
what's been your favorite part of the experience here in Washington D.C.?
Laura: I don't know maybe to meet all of them
because we watch their videos a lot of times
and I don't know to meet them,
to know how they act.
Maria: Yeah, of course,
the Zero-G flight was amazing.
I think the whole experience,
the Rios is here right now,
it's wow. [laughter]
Tracey Trachta: I think that you guys are an inspiration to us
'cause it's true technology is enabling people to connect in many ways
and it's great that you're able to be here.
Zahaan Bharmal: Congratulations.
Maria, congratulations.
Tracey Trachta: Congratulations, Maria.
Sara and Dorothy
you talked a little bit in your video about inspiration and your passions.
Tell us have you thought about space travel,
is it something that you're aspiring to?
Dorothy Chen: This experience has definitely made me,
oh sorry,
this experience has definitely made me more interested in space.
I mean I've always been fascinated by it,
but this just seems more real now.
Sara Ma: Yeah
with everything that we've researched about space it's just,
we're just so like enthralled by the idea that
by doing research in these conditions
like you can improve life on earth
and you can better our environment here on earth.
And as for space I mean I'd love to go into space
I mean I think it'd be great,
but after our Zero-G flight yesterday --
Dorothy Chen: I have to take some motion sickness pills first,
then I'll go.
Sara Ma: I think we need some more training --
for to go into space but.
Tracey Trachta: Thank you.
Well congratulations.
Zahaan Bharmal: Congratulations.
Tracey Trachta: Alright.
Zahaan Bharmal: So take any photos?
While they're up here.

Tracey Trachta: Alright.
Zahaan Bharmal: Thank you.
Tracey Trachta: Thank you.

Zahaan Bharmal: So getting the experiments up into space is not easy
and I'm now gonna introduce two people
that play a very important role in making that happen.
First I'd like to introduce Mr. Tom Shelley,
President of Space Adventures
and I'd like to also introduce Stefanie Countryman,
the Business Development Manager from BioServe.
Come to the stage please.
Tom Shelley: Well good morning.
It's really a pleasure to be here
and it's a very exciting moment
having been involved from the beginning of the Space Lab Project
and it's so exciting to get to meet all of these students.
And Space Adventures,
as a company we're a private space flight company.
And what that means is we've sent,
since 2001 we've arranged for eight private citizens
to be able to fly up to the International Space Station
and live and work onboard alongside Sunita.
Actually one of our client's, Charles Simonyi
his very first flight he was with Sunita onboard the Space Station.
But they've spent collectively hundreds of millions of dollars
on their flight which is,
makes space relatively --
accessible but only for the very few, the very wealthy.
But our business we see it as a lot
more than just making the dreams
of the very wealthy and the very successful come true.
We have a wider goal of trying to open up space
for private involvement
and to make it accessible for an awful lot more people.
And you guys had a taste of that yesterday
with the fantastic Zero-G flight
that Theresa and her team arranged for you yesterday.
And that is just one of the experiences that Space Adventures offers.
Our clients and what they have done over the last 10 years
have demonstrated that there is a market
for private citizens and private involvement in space.
And no matter what these guys the NASA and JAXA and ESA
have done over the last five decades of absolutely extraordinary work
opening up space and demonstrating that mankind can exist
beyond our atmosphere,
we see a slightly different future
and it's a future that involves private citizens and private industry in space.
And we're starting to see some of that come to fruition now.
The market that we've demonstrated has now given rise to a lot of investment
from private companies.
There's now billions of dollars being spent on new technologies
that are gonna try to get people into space
and not just NASA astronauts and ESA and other astronauts
but private citizens to fly alongside them.
And all of that investment money is being done around the business case
of public and private partnership.
And this project is a perfect example of that,
of how commercial industry and the government space agencies
can work together to really open up space
and make it accessible for more people.
And I think the future for private space flight
it's no longer just the domain of government agencies.
So that's a lot of the reason why Space Adventures got involved
and wanted to support the Space Lab Program.
We envision a future
that has private astronauts flying to private space stations
doing commercial research on behalf of private entities.
And this whole new ecosystem of business
being built up around space
and you guys are the one who get to make it a reality;
you're the ones who hopefully will go on to build the rockets
and design the experiments and possibly even fly
as some of the first commercial astronauts going up into space
on a purely commercial,
non-government supported basis.
And that is a very, very exciting future
that I think we all have ahead of us.
And so that's why Space Adventures got involved
and a little bit about our background,
but I'm gonna turn it over to Stefanie of BioServe
who has the fantastic job of working
to try to make your guys ideas
into real space experiments that Sunita's actually going to perform in space.
And so.
Stefanie Countryman: Alright, thanks Don.
So first I'd like to thank the YouTube Space Lab Team
for allowing us, BioServe,
to have the opportunity to participate in this exciting project.
It really is an honor for us to be the organization
that will help design and develop the experiments that actually fly into space.
And we are really dedicated to making the experiments
that fly successful in space
and designing them in a manner
that the teams envisioned they would be conducted.
Just briefly over here is a unit that's called CGBA
which is short for Commercial Generic Bio Processing Apparatus.
And this is actually we have two of these exact units
up on the Space Station
that have been there since 2003
and this is a smart incubator in that
it can provide data control and temperature control
for both physical and biological experiments
that are conducted up on the Space Station.
So this is our training unit,
we train astronauts with it.
So feel free after the awards ceremony's over
to go over and look at that.
So I'd like to close by saying that BioServe is at the University of Colorado,
so education and inspiration of the next generation
of scientists and engineers
or whatever you may choose to become is really near and dear to our hearts
and we take that really seriously.
So we truly have been inspired
by all six of the teams and your experiments
and I want you all to know that each one of those experiments
is worthy of being conducted on board the Space Station.
We would fly any of them and conduct any of them
and we've conducted a lot of experiments so I don't take that lightly.
So congratulations and we wish you the best of luck.
Zahaan Bharmal: Thank you, Tom; thank you, Stefanie.
I'd like to introduce our next speaker,
the man from NASA
who is quite literally responsible for the International Space Station,
NASA's Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations,
Bill Gerstenmaier.
Bill Gerstenmaier: Thank you Zahaan.
Well thank you it's my privilege to be here
and kind of represent the Human Exploration and Operations Group within NASA.
And it's really not just NASA,
we also work closely with JAXA,
the European Space Agency,
the Canadian Space Agency,
the Russian Space Agency.
The Space Station is really an international endeavor;
it's 900, 000 pounds hardware that was put into space;
it's an unbelievable research facility with a laboratory
from each one of our partner countries up and operating doing experiments.
And it's great to see what you guys could do
and how you could think about microgravity
and what kind of experiments you could put together
and get up to space on this wonderful vehicle that sits up there.
But when I think about the vehicle
it's really not the vehicle
it's the team really comes together to make this reality happen.
It comes from astronauts,
it comes from engineers,
it comes from folks that are really dedicated to solve really hard problems;
that just have an unbelievable desire
to challenge the unknown and work in the extreme environment of space.
And this team really works together
and we fly this vehicle every day and it operates 24 hours a day.
We've had crews on orbit for 11 years up onboard Space Station
and it's just an amazing thing.
And even tonight as we sit here today there's gonna be a cargo vehicle,
the Automated Transfer Vehicle,
is gonna launch from French Guiana
and go to the Space Station tonight
and then dock in several days and bring up a set of cargo.
And a similar vehicle will carry your experiments to Space Station,
the HTV,
and that's gonna fly in the summer
and there will be another one next year
where your experiments will be on.
So what was really neat about this whole project was
we got to bring in you, the students,
into this same team;
we brought you in virtually.
So through the Internet and through your creativity,
your imagination,
using the computer,
using the networks,
looking at science,
and researching you came up with these great ideas
that we're gonna get a chance to see.
So it's my privilege on behalf of the International Space Station Team
and really the Human Space Flight Team
that is really getting ready to go beyond low earth orbit
to congratulate you on what you've done
and really thank you for the efforts and thoughts
that you put into these activities.
It's my pleasure to introduce or to talk to the 17 to 18 year old regional winners
and before I do that
we'll get a chance to meet some of our newest members
of the Virtual International Space Station Team with these videos.
Emerald Bresnahan: I'v always been interested in astronomy.
We're on a planet surrounded by stars
in a galaxy surrounded by other galaxies
and we don't even know how big it is.
Our class up here on the observatory at Wheaton College
saw the International Space Station go by a few months ago
and just imagining that my idea could possibly be up there,
it was just a really amazing moment.
I'll never forget that.
If my experiment was in space
we'd be able to learn how a snowflake perform
in the micro-gravity conditions of space
and see if it would still have a hexagonal base
or if it would be a completely different type of snowflake entirely.
I'd love to be an astrophysicist
or specifically a theoretical cosmologist;
you get to imagine for a living.
I would just love to let my mind go free
and to make discoveries without bounds.
My Mom's definitely an amazing inspiration;
she's so driven and always been so supportive of anything I wanna do
and sacrificed a lot for me to be where I am now
and she's just a really wonderful person.
I have a black belt in Taekwondo
and I'm working toward my second degree.
I think it's a sport and an art kinda together.
It centers your mind and body too.
So much opportunity's become available
because the YouTube Space Lab Competition;
it's almost unbelievable that it went from an idea
that I could have gone with or not and I did
and it got to this stage in the competition;
I'm just so grateful.

Amr Mohamed: My name is Amr,
I'm 18 years old,
I come from Alexandria, Egypt
and I'm currently in a gap year.
My friends would say I'm a little quirky,
maybe sarcastic.
I think they are partially right. [chuckles]
My family's a big family;
I have a seven year old sister,
a 16 year old sister,
and a 14 years old brother.
I got my passion for learning from my family;
they were my primary supporting system.

The idea of sending an experiment to space
is the most exciting thing that I have ever heard in my life.

I've always been fascinated by science
because with a handful of equations I can explain the world around me.

It feels great to represent all the Middle East
because Egypt's contributions to the field of space exploration
has been minimal
so winning YouTube Space Lab will mean everything to me,
to my family,
and to people in the Middle East.

When the revolution started in the 25th of January 2011,
it was a mixture of both times of hope and frightening times.
All the schools were closed for about two or three months
so I had to study big parts of the curriculum on my own;
that was a very challenging time.

I think in the future things are going to change a lot.
I would like to work and put effort to develop my country
and to see a change in my life.

Competitions like YouTube Space Lab will inspire millions of people
to explore and to be curious about the world.
If I'm one of the global winners
it's gonna be a lifetime achievement.
It's going to be out of this world.

Sachin Kukke: My name is Sachin Kukke,
I'm from Bangalore, India,
I'm 18 years old.
I'm studying my first year of mechanical engineering
at B.M.S. College of Engineering.
I live with my father and mother.
My mother is a housemaker
and my father works for the police department.

Bangalore is really a busy city
and it's a great place to live.
I'm very much interested in aerospace engineering;
I'm curious learning about space science.
My dream is to become an astronaut
so these subjects get me nearer to that.

The best part of my day at school
is when I work in the aero design team
where we design small RC planes;
I love doing that.
I think this design is just perfect.
After the classes I go home,
do my academic studies,
and then if I get some time
I play basketball with my friends.
Whenever you study a lot you just need to freshen up a bit
so we'll go to the playground and have a great game.

I heard about the YouTube Space Lab
and I was very curious to know about that competition
so basically I came up with a few ideas
and finally came to this idea of ferrofluids and just entered it.

When I found out that I was the regional winner
the first thing I did was inform my parents;
they were really very happy and proud of me;
it was one of the best moments of my life.

I'm really proud of what I'm doing.
I will be representing my country at the international level
so it will be really a proud moment for myself,
my family,
and the country.
I always dreamed of becoming an astronaut
and if you'll be the global winner
you'll get to experience a 10 day astronaut training in Russia.
That is really,
that's a dream.

Bill Gerstenmaier: Okay.
Emerald and Amr and Sachin if you can come on up.

Alright so well let me just ask you a couple questions.
How long did it take for you to come up with your idea for your experiment?
Emerald Bresnahan: From initial idea
to putting in the entry about three months.
Bill Gerstenmaier: Wow that's a lot of work and thinkin' so.

Amr, how long did you work on your experiment
to get it ready to go flying?
Amr Mohamed: Actually, I knew about the competition really late
so I only had one day.
Bill Gerstenmaier: Wow.
And how did you find out about the competition?
Amr Mohamed: On YouTube,
I was just,
it was by accident, actually.
Bill Gerstenmaier: Wow, what a great accident.
again how did you find out about the competition
and what did you think of your time here in Washington?
Sachin Kukke: I found about the YouTube Space Lab Competition
when I was browsing some random space videos on YouTube
and as soon I was really interested in space science
and so thought of just participating in it.
It doesn't matter if I'm winner or not I just wanted to participate in it.
It took me around one month to come up with the idea.
Bill Gerstenmaier: Well, thank you all.
Zahaan Bharmal: Congratulations.
Bill Gerstenmaier: Again thank you all for doin' your experiments
and putting them together.
Good luck in the competition
and you can watch the Space Station fly overhead
and you can tell your friends that you're part of that Space Station Team.
Zahaan Bharmal: Thank you, Bill.

As Bill mentioned it's not just NASA
that's part of the International Space Station Team.
ESA and JAXA are also involved and also key partners
with us on YouTube Space Lab
and we're very lucky to have representatives from both organizations here with us today,
and we're also very lucky to have messages
from ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti
and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide
which we'll show to you now.

Samantha Cristoforetti: Hi,
my name is Samantha Cristoforetti,
and I'm an astronaut with the European Space Agency
and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to say a few words today
at this very special event on behalf of ESA.
At the European Space Agency,
we're deeply committed to the advancement of science
and scientific education
and that is why myself and several ESA colleagues
have served as judges in the Space Lab Competition.
We have watched and judged several of your proposals
for the competition
and we have been impressed by your ideas,
your intelligence,
your commitment,
your knowledge of science,
your creativity,
your ability to communicate.
All of that is an inspiration for us
and a source of hope
for the future generations of scientists.
We are proud of each and every one of you
and you should be proud of yourself.
Thanks you.


Akihiko Hoshide: Hi, I'm JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.
I'm thrilled to be able to share a few words at this special event
on behalf of JAXA.
I want to say congratulations to the teams
especially to Patrick and Derek from New Zealand and Sachin from India.
As an engineer
I was particularly interested in how microgravity will affect heat transfer.
JAXA is very proud to be involved in YouTube's Space Lab.
The winning experiments are scheduled to be launched this summer
on JAXA's HTV3's space vehicle
from Tanegashima in Southern Japan to the International Space Station.
Well, it's almost time to find out the global winners.
Best of luck to you all.
Zahaan Bharmal: And now I would like to introduce the person
with arguably the coolest job in the world,
the person who is actually gonna travel to the Space Station
to carry out the winning experiments,
NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams.
Sunita Williams: Thanks Zahaan.
Thanks everybody for being here,
I'm totally psyched to be here.
This is really cool.
I loved meeting everybody today,
this was great,
I wish I could have been here all week long
to hang out with y'all and just get to know ya a little bit better.
But I think through your, the videos you sent in
and through the videos we saw today
we saw what great people you are,
all the winners of your regional areas.
I mean wow, hands down.
How many thousands of applicants came in to YouTube for this
and you guys are the six winners right here,
that's pretty awesome.
And Aki didn't mention, by the way,
that he'll be up there in space with me this summer
along with Yuri Malenchenko and the three of us
will join Gennady Padalka, Joe Acaba, Sergei Revin
who will already be on the Space Station
and we'll be the ones who get to grab the HTV
when it gets close to the Space Station with the robotic arm
and bring it up to the Space Station and dock it.
And then we open the hatch and inside will be a bunch of experiments;
two of 'em will be the ones from you guys
so I thank you for that
since we're gonna have all sorts of cool things to do while we're up there.
Like, I said we'll be workin' the robotic arm,
I hope we'll be doing a space walk,
but we will be doing really important science while we'll be there
and part of that is yours.
So, today I'd like to just tell you
which two science experiments will be there:
they're the ones from Dorothy and Sara
and the ones from Amr.
So please come on up.
So can I have my picture taken with you guys?

Can I have my picture taken --
Zahaan Bharmal: This is kind of on the fly
but we have literally just got a call from the White House,
and --
they've heard about Space Lab
and they've heard about your experiments
and it turns out that President Obama's Chief Scientific Advisor
wants to meet you this afternoon.
So --
I don't know whether you guys have plans or not
but -- [laughter]
if you'd like to later this afternoon
we'll take a trip down Pennsylvania Avenue and have a chat.
So with that thank you all so much for being here.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of the Space Lab Team
who's made this happen.
It's a dream come true,
and it just is.
It's a very good day.
Thank you.