Nickelodeon’s green slime will soon ooze its approach onto the International Space Station.
Within the name of STEM education, the kid’s television network is launching a publicity campaign that features placing a package of slime in a SpaceX Dragon capsule and flying it to the orbiting laboratory this week.
The launch, which can include 5,500 different experiments and supplies for the six astronauts aboard the ISS, is scheduled for 6:24 pm ET Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The slime became famous for drenching unwitting competitors throughout Nickelodeon game shows similar to “Double Dare” within the 1990s. The network says it is sending slime to the space station for educational purposes — and spreading the fun for a new generation.
“We’ll slime a few astronauts and put it through a couple of demonstrations,” stated Andrew Machles, a vice president of public affairs at Viacom, which owns Nickelodeon.
He stated the astronauts would capture video of how the slime strikes in microgravity, and the material will likely be used to develop a curriculum for younger students that might roll out as quickly as September, Machles informed CNN Business.
Scientists have long known how water behaves in space: It kinds hovering blobs that can be slurped up with straw mid-air. But it’s not clear how the slime will behave. It’s not even clear what it is made of — Nickelodeon says the components are a tightly held secret.
Machles declined to touch upon the financial terms of its ISS experiment.
Joining Nicklodeon’s slime aboard SpaceX’s resupply will be an Adidas soccer ball.