Consult your racing forms, ladies and gentlemen, because the space race, once dominated by nationalized thoroughbreds, has now opened up to private ponies. This new pack is populated by thoroughbreds, warhorses and even a few dark horses, all champing at the bit to win, place or show in the orbital track -- and beyond. Try your luck at our new space race quiz and find out if you’re a punter or a piker.
Question 1 of 20
When space shuttle Atlantis flew its final trip to the International Space Station, what special object did its crew leave behind?
Question 2 of 20
How much was the cash award for the Ansari X Prize?
Question 3 of 20
Who snagged that $10 million from the Ansari X Prize?
Question 4 of 20
You may have heard of this space incentive, too, the N-Prize. What number features prominently in the N-Prize?
Question 5 of 20
What sets the Bigelow Aerospace space station apart from other space stations?
Question 6 of 20
So you'd like to stay for a month aboard Bigelow's space station? How much is that going to run you?
Question 7 of 20
About how much does the United States pay the Russian space program per seat to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz rocket?
Question 8 of 20
As of January 2012, how many private citizens have paid their way into space (and not traveled there as an employee of a public or private space program)?
Question 9 of 20
What's the name of Virgin Galactic’s first passenger spaceship?
Question 10 of 20
As of January 2012, how much does it cost to reserve a seat aboard a Virgin Galactic flight?
Question 11 of 20
With which two companies did NASA enter into billion-dollar contracts in 2008 to resupply the International Space Station?
Question 12 of 20
What's NASA’s Commercial Crew Initiative designed to foster?
Question 13 of 20
What's Blue Origin's motto?
Question 14 of 20
Which item best describes the shape of Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft?
Question 15 of 20
Which two companies formed the joint venture United Launch Alliance?
Question 16 of 20
Which company has built every aeroshell flown by NASA to Mars?
Question 17 of 20
Spawned from parent company, Sierra Nevada Corp., Sierra Nevada Space Systems has a proven track record in what?
Question 18 of 20
Which company can brag about launching the first privately owned ship ever to return safely from Earth orbit?
Question 19 of 20
SpaceX founder Elon Musk has claimed that, by the end of 2013, he would be able to send astronauts into space at what bargain-basement cost?
Question 20 of 20