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.
The Rise Of The Space Age Millennials 2020-03-24 15:37:20 There's a new generation leading the charge when it comes to space exploration — millennials. These 20 and 30 year olds are entering the workforce and academia, driving innovation and pushing humanity farther into the solar system. So what's motivating these millennials? And what's different from the group of folks that came before them? We'll chat with space policy analyst and author Laura Forczyk about her new book "Rise of the Space Age Millennials."
Then, can planets exist outside the orbit of a star? We'll talk with our panel of experts about the fascinating observations of rogue planets — how did they escape the gravity of their host star and how do we spot them? 27 minutes, 52 seconds
A New Dawn For Sun Science 2020-03-18 06:19:28 There are now two new spacecraft zooming around the sun exploring our closest star. NASA's Parker Solar Probe is getting an up close and personal look at the sun and its corona — the wispy bits that radiate off the surface. And the recently launched Solar Orbiter will explore the poles of the sun.
All eyes are on the sun. So is this a new chapter of sun science? Our guest this week Nicky Fox says it is. She's Director of the NASA Heliophysics Science Division and lead scientist on the Parker Solar Probe mission. We'll talk about the early findings of the mission and how all this sun science will help better life here on Earth.
Then, the matter of antimatter. Our panel of expert scientists breakdown this fundamental piece of physics. 27 minutes, 52 seconds
Discovering A New Star: Jocelyn Bell Burnell's Advice For Astronomers And Women In Science 2020-03-10 15:49:31 Back in 1967, Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell observed a curious set of radio pulses from a new type of telescope. Her findings would lead to a new type of star — a pulsar — and begin a new chapter of astronomical discovery. The findings were groundbreaking and paved the way for a new type of observation — radio astronomy.
We'll chat with Burnell about the story of that discovery, where she sees the future of radio astronomy heading and her work to get more women and minorities involved in STEM.
Then, Space is huge, but that doesn't mean you don't have to keep it clean. As we continue to venture into our solar system with robotic explorers and human missions, there's a greater need for good hygiene. On this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment, we'll chat with physicists from the University of Central Florida about keeping our dirty Earth-germs off other planets and moons — and why the search for life depends on it. 28 minutes
The Race To Deep Space 2020-03-03 15:51:20 The race to deep space is on. NASA has its eyes set on the moon then Mars, and other private companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin have ambitious plans to send humans into deep space. So just how close are we to breaking the bonds of Earth's gravity once more and exploring other worlds? We'll speak with Mary Lynn Dittmar, President and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration.
Then – astronomers are picking up a strange signal from somewhere in space. Fast Radio Bursts are puzzling scientists — where are they coming from and what's causing them? On this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment, we'll ask our panel of experts about these interesting new waves. 28 minutes
Space: Marketing's Final Frontier 2020-02-25 15:35:17 Space is open for business. NASA is loosening restrictions on the use of the space station for commercial companies, paving the way for new business opportunities in orbit. From music videos to commercials, companies are now looking to the cosmos to tell their stories. So what will the future of space marketing look like? And what does NASA stand to gain? We'll talk with Space Marketing Group's Trisha Navidzadeh about the bold new future of space marketing.
Then, a listener asks: How far away are we from having rotating ships that create artificial gravity? We'll put that question to our expert panel of scientists on this week's edition of "I'd Like to Know". 28 minutes
BONUS INTERVIEW: The History Of Civilian Space 2020-02-18 16:02:55 This week we're talking with Alan Ladwig about his new book "See You in Orbit." It chronicles the efforts to get regular humans, not just astronauts, into space. You probably heard us talk about those efforts after the Challenger disaster and into the era of commercial space tourism — but the story of civilians in space starts long before that.
In this bonus interview for Are We There Yet?, Ladwig takes us back to the start... 17 minutes, 32 seconds
The Future Of Ordinary People In Space 2020-02-18 15:32:45 Companies like Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic are on the brink of launching a new class of astronauts into space — ordinary people. The experiences promise to give space tourists a new perspective on the world and experience the feeling of weightlessness. How will space tourism change the way we think about space and our planet?
We'll chat with Alan Ladwig — former NASA official and author of the new book "See You in Orbit" about the history of civilians in space and the prospect of ordinary citizens leaving this planet.
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 at the poles of the moon? And how do we know? We'll ask our panel of expert scientists this week. 27 minutes, 59 seconds
Solar Orbiter Mission Heads To The Sun To Study Poles Of Our Closest Star 2020-02-11 15:22:50 A new mission to study the sun launched this week from Cape Canaveral. For the first time, scientists will get a look at the poles of the sun, thanks to the Solar Orbiter spacecraft. The mission is a joint venture between the European Space Agency and NASA and will join other spacecraft studying the sun like the Parker Solar Probe.
So how will Solar Orbiter help better our understanding of the sun and its effects here on Earth? We'll speak with NASA scientist Alex Young about the new era of heliophysics.
Then, a listener wants to know a little more about Tabby's Star — it's a star located in the constellation Cygnus. A space telescope captured some funky behavior of the star — so what's up? We'll ask our panel of expert scientists this week on our segment "I'd Like to Know". 28 minutes
Will Congress Steer NASA Away From The Moon? 2020-02-04 15:42:46 The House is moving through a new authorization bill. While these pieces of legislation are usually unremarkable, this one is getting a lot of attention. That's because this bill would significantly alter NASA's current plans to head to the moon in 2024 and establish a permanent presence there, instead focusing on a human mission to Mars in the 2030s.
To unpack the politics of the plan, we'll speak with Casey Dreier, Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser at the Planetary Society.
READ: Casey Dreier’s Policy Analysis on Planetary.org
Then, a listener asks "Where's the love for Neptune and Uranus?" There have been no science missions to the ice giants since the Voyager flybys of the 1980s? What gives? We'll ask our panel of experts on this week's segment "I'd Like to Know" about the prospects of a ice giant mission and the likelihood it will happen this decade. 28 minutes
Asteroid Return Mission Spacecraft OSRIRIS-REx Picks A Sample Site 2020-01-21 15:22:39 A spacecraft more than 160 million miles away is about to suck up some asteroid dust — then send it back to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx mission will collect the sample from Bennu this summer and mission managers are carefully planning the maneuver.
Scientists hope to uncover the building blocks of early life in the universe when the sample arrives back here on Earth in 2023.
We'll talk with mission scientist Humberto Campins about the final site selected by the team and the surprises OSIRIS-REx uncovered along the way.
Then, the star Betelgeuse is causing quite a stir after astronomers observed the star brightening and dimming in the night sky. Is it going to blow up? We'll talk with our panel of experts on this week's segment "I'd Like to Know." 28 minutes
Teaching For Better Humans 2.0 More than test scores or good gradeswhat do kids need for the future? This hour, TED speakers explore how to help children grow into better humans, both during and after this time of crisis. Guests include educators Richard Culatta and Liz Kleinrock, psychologist Thomas Curran, and writer Jacqueline Woodson.
#556 The Power of Friendship It's 2020 and times are tough. Maybe some of us are learning about social distancing the hard way. Maybe we just are all a little anxious. No matter what, we could probably use a friend. But what is a friend, exactly? And why do we need them so much? This week host Bethany Brookshire speaks with Lydia Denworth, author of the new book "Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond".
This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News.
Dispatch 3: Shared Immunity More than a million people have caught Covid-19, and tens of thousands have died. But thousands more have survived and recovered. A week or so ago (aka, what feels like ten years in corona time) producer Molly Webster learned that many of those survivors possess a kind of superpower: antibodies trained to fight the virus. Not only that, they might be able to pass this power on to the people who are sick with corona, and still in the fight. Today we have the story of an experimental treatment that's popping up all over the country: convalescent plasma transfusion, a century-old procedure that some say may become one of our best weapons against this devastating, new disease.
If you have recovered from Covid-19 and want to donate plasma, national and local donation registries are gearing up to collect blood.
To sign up with the American Red Cross, a national organization that works in local communities, head here.
To find out more about the The National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, which we spoke about in our episode, including information on clinical trials or plasma donation projects in your community, go here.
And if you are in the greater New York City area, and want to donate convalescent plasma, head over to the New York Blood Center to sign up. Or, register with specific NYC hospitals here.
If you are sick with Covid-19, and are interested in participating in a clinical trial, or are looking for a plasma donor match, check in with your local hospital, university, or blood center for more; you can also find more information on trials at The National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project.
And lastly, Tatiana Prowell's tweet that tipped us off is here.
This episode was reported by Molly Webster and produced by Pat Walters. Special thanks to Drs. Evan Bloch and Tim Byun, as well as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
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