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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.

Inclusion And Diversity In Space Exploration
2020-09-29 15:29:19
NASA and other space and science agencies are striving to diversify their workforces, but there's still a long way to go. As the country grapples with racial inequality, so do these organizations. Are We There Yet's Nelly Ontiveros speaks with NASA scientist Geronimo Villanueva during Hispanic Heritage month to talk about efforts to get a more diverse group of STEM students and professionals and what the future corps of deep space explorers might look like. Then, when talking about future exploration ambitions, language matters. The Atlantic's Marina Koren writes about the language of space policy leaders, and how it shapes the direction of programs and the perception of space exploration. We'll talk with Koren about her latest piece which examines the Trump administration's language of ‘manifest destiny’ and its effects on space policy.
27 minutes, 52 seconds


Life On Venus? What A Stinky Gas Means For The Search For Life In Our Universe
2020-09-22 15:35:49
Last week, scientists announced the finding of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus, one of our closest planetary neighbors. This stinky gas is linked to life here on Earth — could that be the case on Venus? We'll talk with two scientists about this extraordinary finding. First, NC State planetary scientist Paul Byrne will break down the finding and what it means for our understanding of the Venus atmosphere and the possibility of life there. Then, MIT quantum astrochemist Clara Sousa-Silva, who has studied this stinky molecule, explains how scientists can use this finding at Venus to track down possible signs of life in our universe.
28 minutes


Fixing Arecibo & Tracking Near-Earth Asteroids
2020-09-15 15:55:59
It's been more than a month since an asteroid-hunting telescope in Puerto Rico has gone dark. The Arecibo Observatory's dish is broken after a piece of scaffolding fell, damaging the surface. So what will it take to fix it? We'll speak with observatory director Francisco Cordova about the efforts to bring Arecibo back online. Then, an asteroid is heading our way — right on election day. Does the cosmic flyby pose any risk to us here on Earth? We'll speak with our science experts on this week's I'd Like to Know segment about the possible fly-by and the sensational headlines that get us all looking toward the sky.
28 minutes


Humans To Mars & A Supernova Extinction
2020-09-08 15:25:07
Last week, scientists, engineers and visionaries met at the annual Humans to Mars summit, outlining current challenges and technological breakthroughs in developing a plan for how to live on the red planet. WeMartian's podcast host Jake Robins attended the virtual summit and joins us to talk about his takeaways from the conference — like conversations about diversity and inclusion in deep space exploration and the expanded role robots will play in getting us to Mars. Then, is an supernova to blame for one of Earth's earliest extinction events? We'll chat with our panel of expert scientists from UCF this week to talk about a new paper that argues a star's death could have had some collateral damage here on Earth.
27 minutes, 52 seconds


A Space For Curiosity & An Observatory Goes Dark
2020-09-01 13:35:07
Public interest in space exploration is on the rise, partly due to high-profile missions like SpaceX's Crew Dragon, returning to human launches from the U.S. and excitement around the launch of three missions to Mars this summer. With new interest comes questions from amateur space fans…like how did the International Space Station get built or how do astronauts go to the bathroom in space. A new podcast from WKMG's space reporter Emilee Speck aims to answer those questions submitted by listeners. We'll talk with Speck about the curious nature of space exploration and how public outreach is helping diversify the space industry. Then, an observatory has gone quiet. After suffering a snapped cable, the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico is offline. We'll chat with our panel of expert scientists from the University of Central Florida about Arecibo's role in astronomy and what it means to have such an important piece of equipment temporarily out of action.
27 minutes, 53 seconds


Assembling NASA's Deep Spacecraft & Heavy Metal Asteroids
2020-08-25 15:33:12
NASA's Orion spacecraft is the next deep-space vehicle designed to take humans to the moon. An uncrewed mission of the spacecraft is scheduled for late next year, launching from Kennedy Space Center on NASA's SLS rocket. Orion is getting assembled at KSC ahead of that launch, and managers reached an important milestone in its building — the adapter that connects it to the rocket. We'll talk with NASA's Amy Marasia about the process and what it will take to get humans back to the moon in the 2020s. Then, scientists have their eyes set on a metallic asteroid called Psyche. NASA is moving forward with plans to send a probe to the intriguing asteroid. So what can we learn from a metal asteroid? We'll ask our panel of expert physicists on this week's I'd Like to Know segment.
27 minutes, 52 seconds


The Big Business Of SpaceX & The Discovery Of A Tiny Black Hole
2020-08-18 15:35:15
It's been a busy year for the private space company SpaceX — from launching and landing two NASA astronauts in its Crew Dragon Capsule, to the deployment of hundreds of tiny satellites to blanket the globe with internet access. Now, SpaceX is pushing ahead with development of its Starship spacecraft, with ambitious plans to send humans to the moon and Mars. Michael Sheetz is a reporter at CNBC, tracking news from the space beat, and keeping a watchful eye on the private space sector. We'll speak with Sheetz about the business of SpaceX and how the company's internet plans are fueling its Martian ambitions. Then, is it a bird, a plane, a tiny black hole or a neutron star? One of those things was discovered by gravitational wave observations — and our panel of expert scientists from UCF are here to break down the latest findings in our universe.
27 minutes, 52 seconds


Out Of This World: Building Helicopters To Explore The Solar System
2020-08-04 15:31:31
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover launched last week carrying a stow-away — a tiny helicopter named Ingenuity. If it works, it will be the first helicopter on another world and engineers and scientists are eagerly awaiting the results of the test flight, calling it Mars' Wright Brother moment. Ingenuity might be the first, but it certainly won't be the last. Work is underway on another off-planet helicopter named Dragonfly, with a plan to send it to Saturn's moon Titan in 2027. So why helicopters? And what challenges must engineers overcome to fly on another world? We'll speak with Mike Kinzel, an assistant professor in UCF's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who's working on the Dragonfly vehicle. Then, a space-based telescope has discovered a planet orbiting two suns. They're called circumbinary planets and if we were on the surface, we'd see a sunset similar to the fictional home of Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. Our panel of expert scientists explain the physics of two-star systems and why they're more common in the universe than we might expect.
27 minutes, 52 seconds


Space News Roundup - Mars Rovers, Astronaut Splashdown & Mission: Impossible (Possibly In Space)
2020-07-28 15:32:26
Astronaut splash downs, Martian missions and a new Mission:Impossible movie shot in space — there's a lot going on up there. We'll dive into the space news headlines this week with WKMG's space reporter Emilee Speck and take a look at the missions and events on the horizon. Then, NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is set to launch this week from Cape Canaveral. We've spent the past few shows talking about this flagship mission to the red planet. Today we'll chat with our panel of expert scientists on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment to preview the exciting science this rover promises to collect.
27 minutes, 52 seconds


What Does Mars Sound Like? NASA Is Sending A Microphone To The Red Planet
2020-07-21 15:35:53
The next Mars rover will have something no other Mars rover has ever had - a microphone. When the Mars Perseverance rover lands next February, scientists will get the chance to hear the red planet. But the microphone will also help scientists see what the planet is made out of. This week, a conversation with Roger Wiens, Principle Investigator Mars 2020 SuperCam. Then, the NEOWISE comet is making quite the appearance. We'll talk with our panel of expert scientists about how to see this cosmic phenomenon with just a set of binoculars — and why scientists get excited by a comet's gas trail.
27 minutes, 52 seconds




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