Reporting Live from the 2012 Campus Party in Berlin
This year's Campus Party, the world's largest electronic entertainment event is taking place in the terminal of the now-defunct Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. Ten thousand mostly young visitors from all over the world directly interact with numerous presenters, some famous and illustrious, like the writer Paolo Coelho, some distinctly less so, such as Yours Truly.
The event takes place on one main stage and nine thematic stages. The topics presented on the Galileo stage are astronomy, robotics, hardware, hack and modding, whatever that is. (Sometimes I feel really old...). Serious geek stuff, in short.
This morning, Bas Lansdorp from the Mars One commercial venture presented a plan to send humans (forty of them , for starters) on a one-way trip to Mars eleven years from now. The whole thing is to be financed by sponsors and sales of transmission rights to the media. Hm, well ... good luck to them. Seems to me they may not be taking th technical issues seriously enough,. But that is my private opinion, and I may be all wrong.
Today, Wednesday, August 22, at 15:30 CEDT, it will be my turn. The topic of my talk is: "Asteroids - The leftovers of the Solar System". I will outline why asteroids are scientifically interesting, how they can be studied up close with unmanned robotic probed and then, later, also with manned space ships, why they can pose a serious danger to humanity and what we can do about them.
Here is an edited video of the presentation I have. The editing is very professional - those Campus party people know their jobs. Unfortunately the video does not contain the Q&A session that followed. The questions were of a very high quality.
And here is an edited version of an interview I gave to a campus party TV crew.