Even if you aren't the world's biggest fan of Google, which I'm not, you have to admit that they are always doing some pretty interesting stuff, especially when it comes to utilizing their existing service for interesting projects with other companies or government agencies.
The newest one was announced today and joins their YouTube video service with some pretty interesting agencies from around the world in a project called YouTube Space. Partnering with YouTube are: Lenovo, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Areospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and in cooperation with Space Adventures.
The idea is for interested students to come up with ideas for space-based experiments and upload a video explaining the experiment to YouTube by December 7, 2011. The videos will be judged by a panel of extinguished scientists, astronauts, expert judges, and the YouTube community. Selected experiments will be performed aboard the ISS and live streamed on YouTube starting in 2012.
They have also announced some pretty good prizes for the competition as well, including Lenovo IdeaPad laptops, ZERO-G flights, and a rip to Japan to watch your experiment blast off into space or head to Russia, if you are over 18, to get some real astronaut training experience at Star City.