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SpaceUp LA: What would you do with $13 Billion?

SpaceUp LA 2013 Presentation

Air Date: 11/11/2013
Run Time: 32:32

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What would YOU do with $10 Billion for space exploration and development?  That’s what Mat Kaplan asked the passionate space enthusiasts at the 2013 SpaceUp LA Unconference. Leave your thoughts below. Emily Lakdawalla reports on two missions to Mars, one about to launch, and one struggling to leave Earth orbit. Bruce Betts sings “Ah, Capella!” of his love for the night sky, and helps Mat begin another space trivia contest. 

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This week's question:
What observational technique was used to discover the rotation periods of Venus and Mercury?

To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Monday, November 18, at 2pm Pacific Time.  Be sure to include your name, mailing address and shirt size.

Last week's question:
What are the craters on the asteroid Gaspra named after?

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
If you wanted to form a vocal group that sings without accompaniment, what star would you want in your group?

Capella, of course!


No trivia contest spoilers please!

Gregory Katz: 11/15/2013 12:46 CST

No love for an ice giant orbiter? (or two)

George Molnar: 11/17/2013 04:33 CST

I'd break it up a few ways. 1) Propulsion - grants and prizes alike 2) LIfe support systems 3) Go to Vegas and put down a few million...

Alejandro: 04/09/2014 12:14 CDT

The following article from The Guardian is but a blueprint of the possibilities of what human kind can accomplish if our society, creativity, and passions can be focused on a single point. The point of focus that can help take humanity passed the stars is Fusion energy which is a theoretically inexhaustible form of energy... If I myself had 10 Billion dollars to spend on the enhancement of space exploration, science, and travel; I cannot think of a more practical and important technology to invest in than Fusion itself, for it is the only viable method of space craft propulsion, Fusion has an extremely important terrestrial energy application for us on Earth as well... =o)

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