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Mars offers another avenue to make a profit for scientists and entrepreneurs. – Courtesy photo / Caltech

Making green on the red planet

Mars entrepreneurship has entered its lift off phase. The U.S. government is preparing for manned missions to Mars, but private companies like SpaceX may well get there first. Elon Musk declared that SpaceX will put one million people on Mars.Entrepreneurial opportunities already have emerged in areas like launch, sensors, instrumentation and habitats.

The Nov. 3 Venturing to Mars Entrepreneurs Forum at Caltech Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics launches with a keynote presentation from Dr. Sarah M. Milkovich, science operations team chief for the Mars 2020 Rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), followed by a panel discussion with audience questions. Tim Ellis, co-founder and CEO of Relativity Space, will also speak. Attendees will hear expert speakers from JPL, industry insiders and entrepreneurial startups.

This program is designed to provide researchers and entrepreneurs with insights for navigating among the government and prime contractor gatekeepers in commercial efforts to make mankind a multi-planetary species. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with coffee and networking, followed by the program from 9 – 11:30 a.m. General admission to the event with advance registration is $30. Students can register in advance for $20. Anyone interested in attending can purchase tickets through Eventbrite.com.

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