Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty

Headshot of Mat Kaplan

VIDEOS: Nye & Teens in Space as Curiosity Lands in Hi-Def!

Posted by Mat Kaplan

19-09-2012 12:06 CDT

Topics: citizen science, explaining science, podcasts and videos, fun, interview, Bill Nye, International Space Station, life

I've got a couple of video for you.  One is designed for kids, but is great fun and classic Science Guy stuff for all ages.  The other will astound you.

Our boss, Bill Nye, flew to London to host a live presentation from the YouTube Space Lab channel.  It was a pretty amazing video accomplishment, with Bill serving as the nexus of a conversation with three brilliant teens, several other Earthbound participants communicating via Google Hangout technology, a lot of other kids from around the world, and one very lucky astronaut on the International Space Station.  You have to see an enthusiastic Sunita Williams letting her hand mic float free while she manipulates the experiments proposed by the teens.

That was the whole point, by the way.  As Bill explains in this week's edition of Planetary Radio, thousands of young people submitted their ideas for experiments to conduct on the ISS.  The lucky winners were Dorothy Chen and Sara Ma of Michigan with their proposal involving bacteria, and Amr Mohamed of Alexandria, Egypt for his test of a jumping spider's ability to adapt its hunting skills to microgravity. 

It's great TV, great education, and great inspiration.  As I write this, the live show and archived recording have been viewed more than 1.6 million times.  You can watch it right here.

Then there's this stunning result of four intense weeks at his workstation by Bard Canning. You've seen the descent video from Curiosity, right?  The footage released by NASA of the Mars Science Laboratory's landing was already eye-popping, but wait till you see (and hear) how Bard has turned it into a 30 frame per second, HD masterpiece!  Everyone here at the Society has been blown away, and I think you will be, too.  Congratulations, Bard!

See other posts from September 2012


Or read more blog entries about: citizen science, explaining science, podcasts and videos, fun, interview, Bill Nye, International Space Station, life

Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

LightSail - Flight by Light

Support LightSail!

In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.

I want to help!

Featured Images

Farewell, Rosetta

Pilot Knob Valley, Curiosity sol 810
MAHLI image of Mojave, sol 809
Pink Cliffs, Curiosity sol 780
More Images

Featured Video

View Larger »

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join the New Millennium Committee

Let’s invent the future together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook! Twitter! Google+ and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!