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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.
The Long Road To Mars
2021-02-16 15:32:40
Getting to Mars isn't easy, but so far this month two space agencies have delivered payloads to the red planet's orbit — China and the United Arab Emirates. A NASA mission is also on course for Mars. The UAE's Hope mission was the first to arrive, sending an orbiter to monitor the global weather on Mars. We'll talk with the head of the UAE's space program Sarah Amiri and Hope orbiter program manager Omran Sharaf about the UAE's first mission to the red planet and the path ahead for Hope. And, NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars later this week after a 7 month mission. The Martian dune buggy launched from Cape Canaveral back in July on ULA's Atlas V rocket. Getting the buggy to a planet tens of millions of miles from earth required pinpoint accuracy. We'll speak with ULA CEO Tory Bruno about the challenges of a mission and ULA's long history of sending spacecraft to the red planet. The journey to another world, that's ahead on Are We There Yet? here on WMFE, America's Space Station.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
First Of Mars Mission Trio Arrives At Red Planet
2021-02-09 11:21:49
The first of three robotic missions has arrived at the red planet. The United Arab Emirates’ Hope probe successfully entered the orbit of Mars Tuesday, marking the UAE’s first mission to the red planet. Hope will continue to finalize its orbit before carrying out its mission — mapping the complex weather on Mars. It's not the only mission to head to the red planet. Two more missions from NASA and the Chinese space agency are en route. To talk about this new fleet of Martian explorers and what questions they seek to answer, we speak with Jake Robins, host of the WeMartians podcast and has been following these missions since before their launch last summer.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
The Hunt For Planet 9
2021-02-02 15:31:54
On the outer edges of our solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, objects cluster in weird ways. This clustering led some scientists to search for something that could be acting as a gravitational shepherd, moving and modifying their orbits. That something could be Planet 9, a hypothetical planet at the edge of our solar system that could be tugging and clustering these far-out objects. So far, scientists only have mathematical evidence to support the existence of Planet 9, but work continues hunting this elusive object in our solar system. We'll talk with UCF scientists and hosts of the podcast Walkabout the Galaxy Addie Dove, Jim Cooney and Josh Colwell about this mathematical discovery and the controversy in the scientific community about its existence. Then, NASAspaceflight.com assistant managing editor Chris Gebhardt is here to discuss the efforts to spot this thing using optical telescopes — and how the discovery of planets around other stars in the universe can help us better understand where Planet 9 might live.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
As Bridenstine Says Goodbye, What's Ahead For NASA?
2021-01-26 15:31:46
NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down last week as a new presidential administration took office. After serving in the position for about three years, Bridenstine led the agency during its return to human spaceflight from U.S. soil, saw the launch of a new Mars rover and expanded the public-private partnership of NASA and the commercial industry into deep space. President Biden will now select the next leader of the civilian space agency — could that mean a new direction for NASA? To look back on Bridenstine's tenure and the trajectory of NASA under a Biden White House, we're joined by Christian Davenport, Washington Post's space reporter and author of The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
Speedy Space Delivery
2021-01-19 15:36:52
After spending about a month on the International Space Station, SpaceX's new Cargon Dragon capsule splashed down off the coast of Florida. It's a departure from previous versions of the vehicle which splashed down in the Pacific. The new splash zone means scientists can get their hands on their returning equipment faster, meaning they can make critical observations of experiments quicker and opening up more opportunities for space-based science. The new cargo spacecraft is also bigger and has more power for space-based experiments — a boon for researchers conducting science on the ISS. To talk more about these new capabilities and what that means for space research we speak with Jennifer Buchli, Deputy Chief Scientist for the space station. Then, SpaceX's Cargo Dragon isn't the only spacecraft opening up research opportunities for space-based science. New vehicles and more astronauts are helping bulk up the research capabilities on the orbiting lab. We'll talk with space policy and research analyst Laura Forczyk about how the commercial sector is helping with research in space. That's ahead on Are We There Yet? here on America's Space Station.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
Rockets With Frickin' Laser Beams. Uncovering The Mystery Of Moon Dust
2020-12-29 15:29:10
When it comes to how dirt on the moon behaves, scientists are still in the dark. Moon sand, also called regolith, is pretty mysterious — but one team of University of Central Florida scientists want to shed some light on lunar dust clouds…by shooting lasers at it. Understanding how dust behaves on the moon and other planetary surfaces is critical for future space exploration missions. Exhaust from a spacecraft's landing engines could kick up razor-sharp moon dust that could damage instruments or obscure the view of landing. A team led by scientists Addie Dove and Phil Metzger is developing a sensor that can measure how these dust particles interact with rocket exhaust — a study that garnered the interest of NASA. Metzger and Dove's Ejecta STORM hardware received funding from NASA — and recently Metzger traveled to the Mojave desert to test it out on a rocket which kicked up simulated dust. UCF's Phil Metzger and Addie Dove join us now to talk about the experiment and what they hope to learn about moon dust.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
An Artemis Astronaut & Recap Of 2020 Space News
2020-12-22 15:29:33
NASA announced the first group of astronauts who will train for a mission to the moon. The Aretmis cadre will train for the agency's first human lunar mission since the end of the Apollo program in the 1970s and will include the first woman to step foot on the surface of the moon. We'll talk with one of those astronauts, Kayla Barron, about the selection and what the mission means for women in the astronaut corps. Then, despite concerns over coronavirus, 2020 was a busy year for space exploration. From the first human missions from the U.S. in nearly a decade to a trio of Mars-bound robots launching to the red planet, there's a lot to look back on. We'll chat with The Verge's space reporter Loren Grush about the busy year up there and what's to come in 2021.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
Hubble: 30 Years Of Spectacular Celestial Images
2020-12-15 15:41:32
For the last three decades, the Hubble Space Telescope has peered deep into our universe, exploring the origins of the cosmos and capturing stunning views of stars, clusters and galaxies. Now, NASA is releasing a catalogue of some of its most dazzling images — some you can see yourself from your own backyard. We'll talk with NASA Hubble Senior Project Scientist Dr. Jennifer Wiseman about Hubble's history and how the orbiting observatory will help future telescopes explore even more of our universe. But Hubble was almost hobbled by a problem with its main mirror. Those crystal clear shots of deep space would have been fuzzy but for the crew of dedicated spacewalkers and talented engineers who fixed the scope from space. We'll revisit a conversation with retired NASA astronaut Storey Musgrave about the effort to fix Hubble and the delicate dance of spacewalks. Keep Listening: * Hear more from Storey Musgrave about training for NASA and helping fix Hubble. * Astronaut Mike Massimino talks about his trips to space servicing the Hubble Space Telescope.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
The Big Business Of Small Satellites
2020-12-08 15:28:06
A new company plans to launch small satellites from the belly of a drone. It joins the growing number of small launch companies popping up to send tiny payloads into space. So what's the market for these small satellites? We'll dive into this growing industry first with Jay Skylus — he's the CEO and founder of Aevum. His company has plans to launch small payloads on a rocket launched from the belly of an unmanned aerial vehicle. What does he see heading to space on his vehicle? And what will it take to get the Ravn X UAV off the ground? Then, Aevum joins the growing market of small launch providers. We'll take a look at the state of the industry with Anthony Colangelo — he hosts the commercial space-focused podcast Main Engine Cut Off about this bustling market and the future of the small satellite industry. The big business of small satellites — that's just ahead on Are We There Yet, here on America's space station.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
Remembering Arecibo & Sending Science To Space
2020-12-01 15:32:19
A 305-meter radio telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed after sustaining damage earlier this year — sending 900 tons of radio equipment crashing into the dish. The National Science Foundation announced last week a planned decommissioning of Arecibo Observatory after engineers said repairing the damage safely was impossible. For nearly 60 years, Arecibo surveyed the sky, searching for alien life, far-away planets and tracking near-Earth asteroids. We'll talk with planetary radio astronomer Alessondra Springmann about her connection to the dish and what the end of Arecibo means for the scientific community. Then, SpaceX is set to launch a shipment of supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station. We'll talk with the ISS National Lab's acting chief scientist Michael Roberts about some of the experiments heading to space and what it takes to conduct science from the orbiting lab.

27 minutes, 52 seconds
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