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Are We There Yet?
When it comes to human space exploration, we're on the brink of something big. Join host Brendan Byrne as he explores the advances in human space exploration. From conversations with the engineers and scientists building the technology one day heading to Mars, to talks with visionaries and leaders who want to take humankind to deep space, the Are We There Yet? podcast reveals the next chapters in human space exploration.

Astronaut & Spacewalker Nicole Stott Talks Gender Equality, Art In Space and Efforts To Inspire The Next Generation Of Explorers
2019-11-12 15:30:22
Nicole Stott: Spacewalker, artists and advocate for all explorers. Last month, Astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch  made history by conducting the first all-female spacewalk. While women have been space walking since 1984, this marks the first time a team has been made up of an all female crew. Koch and Meir penned a Washington Post op-ed from space applauding NASA’s efforts for equality and calling on leaders to continue to include all humans as exploration efforts move forward. There have been 221 spacewalks at the ISS and 37 have included women. But overall, there have only been 15 female spacewalkers. Retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott is one of them and we chat with her about the historic milestone and what that means for gender equality in the astronaut corps. Stott is also an artist, one of the first to paint from space. We'll talk about her efforts to inspire the next generation of space explorers through art and outreach. I’d Like to Know: An interstellar comet is about to visit us. An interstellar comet is zooming through space and it's about to make a pass through our solar system. It is only the second identified space rock to visit us from interstellar space — so what can we expect? And why are scientists so excited about it? Josh Colwell and Addie Dove — planetary scientists at the University of Central Florida and hosts of the podcast "Walk About the Galaxy" — help answer Brendan’s simple question: What the heck is this thing? \ **Got a question for “I’d Like to Know”? Send it in! Shoot us an email at arewethereyet@wmfe.org.** Space News Headlines Commercial Crew Tests Ramp Up Boeing completed a critical test of its Starliner capsule designed to take NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. It's part of a partnership between NASA and private companies to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from Florida — a first since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011 — and paves the way for an uncrewed test flight to the ISS December 17. SpaceX is also planning for a critical safety test of it’s abort system later this year.  SpaceX has already completed an uncrewed test mission to the ISS earlier this year and NASA said the company could send the first human astronauts early next year. Starlink Ends Three Month Launch Draught SpaceX launched 60 of its Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Monday on a Falcon 9 rocket. The company wants to blanket the globe with high-speed, broadband internet access. It's the first round of thousands of satellites needed to complete the constellation. SpaceX isn't alone. Another company One Web plans to start launching 30 satellites a month starting next year — and that has some worried about orbiting traffic and the potential for collisions. SpaceX said the network can operate safely. Each satellite is equipped with systems to steer it away from potential crashes. And if a satellite dies, it will fall out of orbit and burn up safely in the atmosphere. Whether or not other companies will play nice and how satellite regulation might change is yet to be seen. What’s Ahead? Next week, we’ll explore NASA’s Voyager 2 mission. The probe launch 42 years ago. Last year, the spacecraft punched through the boundry of the solar system into interstellar space.
36 minutes, 46 seconds


Moon Shots & Mars Rovers: What You Missed At IAC 2019
2019-10-29 03:02:18
The International Astronautical Congress was last week in Washington D.C. It's a global assembly of movers and shakers in the space industry — from government agencies to private partners. We'll chat with the host of the We Martians podcast Jake Robins who attended the conference about the big news in space exploration. Then, NASA has its sights set on the moon — the south pole of the moon specifically — because of the evidence of water. But just how much water is there? And how do we know? We'll ask our panel of expert scientists.
26 minutes, 45 seconds


3D Printers On Mars? One Company's Plan To Establish Manufacturing On The Red Planet
2019-10-22 08:29:20
Private company Relativity Space is designing and manufacturing 3D printed rockets to launch from Cape Canaveral but one day hopes to see the technology building parts on places like the moon or Mars. We'll talk with Relativity Space's Jordan Noone about the prospects of 3D printing on other worlds — and what his company is doing here on Earth to support that goal. Then, different telescopes see in different wavelengths. What's the difference between ultraviolet, infrared and microwave — and how do different wavelengths help us uncover the mysteries of the universe? We'll ask our panel of expert scientists on this week's installment of "I'd Like to Know".
29 minutes, 4


Dealing With Moon Dust
2019-10-15 02:30:37
NASA is going back to the moon but before it does, it has to figure out how to work with the dirt on the lunar surface. Moon dust is nasty stuff. It's sharp, sticky and can really mess up your equipment. But it also has valuable resources in it. So how do robots and humans work on the lunar surface and exploit its precious resources? That's up to the team at Swamp Works — a group of scientists and engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. We'll visit NASA senior technologist Rob Mueller’s lab to learn about the work they do learning how to live and work on the lunar surface. Then, what is light? It's a simple question with a complex answer. We'll talk with our expert scientists about the science of light.
29 minutes, 3


Space News Roundup: Commercial Crew, SLS & Elon's Stainless Steel Starship
2019-10-08 02:50:37
Hardware for SpaceX's Commercial Crew program and NASA's SLS rocket have arrived at Kennedy Space. Elon Musk continues work on his Starship rockets. It's been a busy few weeks in space news. We'll talk with space reporters Emre Kelly and Emilee Speck about the latest in getting astronauts to the International Space Station, the moon and beyond. And later, a recent discovery by exoplanet hunters claims that a distant planet has an atmosphere filled with water vapor. Why is water so important in the search for life in the universe? We'll talk to our panel of experts on our weekly segment "I'd Like To Know." But first, SpaceX's commercial crew hardware arrives at Kennedy Space Center along with a key piece of SLS hardware and Elon Musk gives an update on his stainless steel Starhopper. It's time this month to speak with WKMG’s Emilee Speck and Florida Today’s Emre Kelly.
26 minutes, 44 seconds


Black Holes & Gravitational Waves: Shedding Light On The Darkest Places In The Universe
2019-10-01 08:57:56
Scientists have captured an image of a black hole swallowing a star. The findings are shedding light on the mystery of black holes. How does this event help us better understand our universe? We'll speak with NASA scientists Knicole Colon about the mysteries of black holes and what this discovery means for the future of black hole research. Then, we'll chat with our panel of expert scientists about black holes and gravitational waves in our weekly question segment called "I'd Like to Know."
21 minutes, 27 seconds


Martian Colonists Will Have To Eat Bugs
2019-09-24 01:38:40
If you want to live on Mars, you'll have to eat bugs. That's according to new research published by a team of University of Central Florida scientists in the journal New Space. Companies like SpaceX are looking to send the first colonists in the next decade. For that, UCF planetary scientist Kevin Cannon said they'll have to produce much of their own food. Agriculture like grain, wheat and corn require a lot of land and additional resources like soil, water and fertilizer. Bugs require a lot less resources. We speak with Cannon about his findings and the future of a new food source — cellular agriculture. Then, we’re asking about space exploration and the movies in our new segment “I'd Like To Know”  where we take your questions and pose them to a panel of expert scientists. We're joined by University of Central Florida Planetary Scientists and hosts of the podcast Walk About The Galaxy: Addie Dove, Jim Cooney and Josh Colwell.
28 minutes, 58 seconds


Why Is It So Hard To Land On The Moon?
2019-09-17 14:29:02
India's attempt to land a rover on the moon appears to have ended in failure. The Indian space agency lost contact with the lander during a touchdown attempt earlier this month. It follows the landing failure of another mission — SpaceIL's attempt to land the Beresheet spacecraft on the moon earlier this year. So what makes these lunar missions so hard? The two recent failures highlight just how difficult lunar missions can be. Joining us to talk about the engineering challenges of such a mission is Dan Batcheldor — head of aerospace, physics and space sciences at Florida Tech. And, we’re asking our expert panel of scientists about gravity waves — what are they and how are they helping scientists better understand the universe. UCF planetary scientists and hosts of the podcast Walkabout the Galaxy Addie Dove, Jim Cooney and Josh Colwell unpack the mysteries of gravity waves.
23 minutes, 45 seconds


Space Force, The Politics Of Exploration & Tiny Stow-Aways On Israel's Moon Mission
2019-09-09 10:50:43
Last week, the Space Command came online. It's what's known as a combatant command group within the U.S. military and serves as a way to streamline the nation's space military assets. It's also seen as the precursor to the Space Force — a brand new military branch dedicated to all things space. We'll talk with Republican Congressman Mike Waltz who sits on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. We talk about the space command and the politics of exploration as NASA again looks to return to the moon. And speaking of the moon — a recent report in Wired uncovered tiny little stow-aways on Israeli's lunar lander. Should we be worried about microscopic bugs taking over the moon? We'll ask a panel of planetary scientists in a brand new segment on this show called "I've Always Wondered." But first — the politics of space. We began the conversation talking about space command and I asked the Congressman, why now?
24 minutes, 3


The Mysteries At Asteroid Bennu
2019-08-20 05:24:17
A spacecraft the size of a passenger van is orbiting an asteroid nearly 100 million miles away and will soon snag a sample of dirt from the surface and send it back to Earth. OSIRIS-REx launched from Cape Canaveral three years ago. The mission is NASA's first asteroid sample return. Scientists hope the ancient asteroid Bennu will hold signs of early life in the solar system — but since arriving, scientists are learning Bennu is full of surprises. We welcome back the mission's principal investigator Dante Lauretta to give us an update on the mission and the surprises uncovered at the asteroid Bennu.
19 minutes, 11 seconds




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