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HOUSTON -- This weekend, SpaceUp Houston hosts its third annual SpaceUp Unconference on Saturday, February 9 at the Lunar & Planetary Institute (LPI) near Johnson Space Center.

The Unconference on Saturday (10 am 9:30 pm) is a family friendly event for learning and talking about space. The event will kick-off with a NASA demonstration of a robotic exoskeleton, and concludes with a special presentation by Boeing on Cis-Lunar Platforms and Exploration. Throughout the day, attendees will have opportunities to lead and participate in discussion sessions, give T Minus 5 Talks, and connect with Houston Aerospace scientists and engineers. Thanks to ThinkGeek we will be giving away $250 in awesome giveaways. See the full schedule by visiting http://spaceuphouston.org/2013-unconference-schedule.

Tickets for the Unconference are available online at http://spacepts.com/events/18. Prices for adults are $15, college students $5 and those under 18 are free with adult registration. Lunch and dinner will be provided for attendees. In addition every participant will receive an Unconference T-Shirt and swag bag of awesome goodies.

On Friday, February 8 join SpaceUp Houston for the fourth annual Commercial Spaceflight Panel to hear directly from aerospace industry representatives on commercial spaceflight ventures. The companies confirmed to present include Boeing, XCOR, Sierra Nevada, Orbital Sciences, Red Bull Stratos, and the Southwest Research Institute. The first panel will focus on progress made on NASA s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) and Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) contracts. The second half will feature Suborbital and Space Tourism opportunities. The Commercial Spaceflight Panel is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register at http://spacepts.com/events/17.

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