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Booze In Space? The Storied History And Bright Future Of Alcohol In The Final Frontier from Are We There Yet?

From Are We There Yet? - Alcohol has long been a staple of our cultures and civilizations but is there a place for it in space? Author Chris Carberry explores this history and future of booze in space in his new book Alcohol in Space: Past, Present and Future. We'll talk about how booze made its mark on the space program and just what type of drinks we might be toasting while orbiting the Earth or exploring Mars. Then, there's a black hole at the center of our galaxy. Should we be worried about falling in? This week on our segment "I'd Like to Know", we'll chat with planetary scientists about the possibility of being gobbled up by this black hole.


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.

Booze In Space? The Storied History And Bright Future Of Alcohol In The Final Frontier
2020-01-07 15:41:49
Alcohol has long been a staple of our cultures and civilizations but is there a place for it in space? Author Chris Carberry explores this history and future of booze in space in his new book Alcohol in Space: Past, Present and Future. We'll talk about how booze made its mark on the space program and just what type of drinks we might be toasting while orbiting the Earth or exploring Mars. Then, there's a black hole at the center of our galaxy. Should we be worried about falling in? This week on our segment "I'd Like to Know", we'll chat with planetary scientists about the possibility of being gobbled up by this black hole.
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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."


Can Your Gut Leak In Space? Probably. Here's What That Means For Astronatus
2020-01-14 15:17:33
Space travel could cause a leaky gut. A new medical study found that microgravity reduces an important barrier in the stomach which could mean nasty germs could get inside Astronaut's bodies on deep-space missions. We'll chat with UC Riverside medical researcher Dr. Declan McCole about the gut biomes of astronauts and how his research can all help our guts down here on Earth. Then, how do you count the planets?  The answer to how many planets there are isn't a simple one. On this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment, we'll talk to our panel of planetary experts about the task of counting the planets and the controversies surrounding their definitions.


Booze In Space? The Storied History And Bright Future Of Alcohol In The Final Frontier
2020-01-07 15:41:49
Alcohol has long been a staple of our cultures and civilizations but is there a place for it in space? Author Chris Carberry explores this history and future of booze in space in his new book Alcohol in Space: Past, Present and Future. We'll talk about how booze made its mark on the space program and just what type of drinks we might be toasting while orbiting the Earth or exploring Mars. Then, there's a black hole at the center of our galaxy. Should we be worried about falling in? This week on our segment "I'd Like to Know", we'll chat with planetary scientists about the possibility of being gobbled up by this black hole.


A Decade of Commercial Space Innovation
2019-12-31 15:43:30
Over the last decade, there's been a change in how things get to space. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, NASA has been looking to commercial companies to fill the void. We'll take a look at the "paradigm shift in the business of space" with The Verge's senior science reporter Loren Grush. Her recent piece for the online publication examines the commercial boom in the 2010s led largely by Elon Musk's company SpaceX. We'll talk about that growth and what's ahead for private space in the 2020s. Then, are we alone in the universe? Surely we're not and statistics can prove it. But why haven't we uncovered any evidence of life outside our planet? A conversation about the Fermi paradox with our panel of planetary science experts on this week's segment "I'd Like to Know".


Interstellar Comet Visits Our Solar System, Awes Astronomers
2019-12-17 15:34:04
Astronomers have their eyes on a rare comet zooming 100,000 miles per hour through our solar system. It's rare because it's coming from outside our solar system. The comet named 2I/Borisov is the first confirmed interstellar comet. The Hubble space telescope captured stunning images of the comet. Scientists are pouring through the data to figure out what it's made of and where it came from. That information can help us better understand our universe. We'll talk with planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel about what we know — and don't yet know — about this incredible discovery. Then, there's a lot of talk about life on Mars, but how do we actually find it? This week on "I'd Like to Know," we'll chat with our panel of planetary scientists about the likelihood of finding signs of life on the red planet and where else in the solar system we should be looking.


Designing The Next Space Suit
2019-12-10 15:45:14
For future missions to the moon or Mars, astronauts are going to need a new suit. Engineers like MIT's Dava Newman are hard at work — but it's a big ask. Designing a suit that protects astronauts while still allowing them the mobility to work in space or on another planet is tough. We'll speak with Newman about the design challenges of making a new suit and how the work done at her lab could help all of us here on Earth. Then, we know the speed of light, the speed of sound…but what about the speed of gravity? This week on "I'd Like to Know" we chat with our panel of experts on the intricate measurement of gravity and how colliding black holes are helping us understand its speed.


Designing The Next Spacesuit
2019-12-10 15:45:14
For future missions to the moon or Mars, astronauts are going to need a new suit. Engineers like MIT's Dava Newman are hard at work — but it's a big ask. Designing a suit that protects astronauts while still allowing them the mobility to work in space or on another planet is tough. We'll speak with Newman about the design challenges of making a new spacesuit and how the work done at her lab could help all of us here on Earth. Then, we know the speed of light, the speed of sound — but what about the speed of gravity? This week on "I'd Like to Know" we chat with our panel of experts on the intricate measurement of gravity and how colliding black holes are helping us understand its speed.


From Cave To Cosmos: A History Of Human Exploration
2019-12-03 15:37:17
Exploration is hardwired into our DNA. From early humans in sub-Saharan Africa to the Apollo moon walkers, humans have always had a thirst for knowledge and the need to understand the world around them.  Andrew Rader is a SpaceX mission manager. He's one of the many new-age explorers now reaching out to the stars. He's also an historian and author of a new book Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars. We'll speak with Rader about humanity’s storied history exploring our world and the efforts to expand into our solar system. Then, are we living in the only version of this universe? We explore the idea of a multiverse with our panel of expert scientists this week on our segment "I'd Like to Know."


Talking To Aliens
2019-11-26 15:39:03
Are we alone in the universe? Probably not. Scientists are hard at work looking for signs of life here in our solar system and beyond. But what will we say to those extraterrestrials when we find them? Author and journalist Daniel Oberhaus delves into the efforts to talk with alien civilizations in his new book "Extraterrestrial Languages." We'll talk with Oberhaus about the attempts to speak with other civilizations in the universe and why many scientists think it's a bad idea to reach out to them first. Then, as we continue to venture into our solar system, there's a greater need to keep it clean. On this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment, we'll chat with planetary scientist 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.


The Interstellar Travels Of The Twin Voyager Spacecraft
2019-11-20 06:00:20
Ken Chang: Science From Beyond Our Solar System. Voyager 2 punched a hole through our heliosphere sending it into interstellar space. The space probe launched more than 40 years ago along with its twin, Voyager 1, on a mission to visit the outer planets. Now the two have exited the boundary of our solar system and are beaming data back to scientists here on Earth. We'll speak to The New York Times reporter Ken Chang who wrote about the science coming back from Voyager 2, which was launched 42 years ago from Cape Canaveral on a mission to visit the outer planets of our solar system.  The spacecraft, along with its twin Voyager 1, is now traveling in interstellar space at more than 35,000 mph. At that speed, it could travel around the world in less than an hour but, even so, it has taken four decades to leave the solar system all while continuing to transmit data back to Earth. Scientists are just now digging into that data and it's painting a new picture of the boundary of our solar system. I’d Like to Know: The Science of Space Junk. SpaceX's Starlink constellation is taking shape. The private company launched 60 satellites into orbit last week that will be part of a network of thousands of satellites to blanket the globe with global, high-speed internet.  However, some people are concerned that the constellation, along with other planned space-based internet networks, could add to the growing number of space debris and interfere with astronomical observations.  Josh Colwell, Jim Cooney and Addie Dove, planetary scientists at the University of Central Florida and hosts of the podcast "Walk About the Galaxy" talk about the science of these constellations and the risks so many satellites zooming around in space might pose. **Got a question for “I’d Like to Know”? Send it in! Shoot us an email at arewethereyet@wmfe.org.** Space News Headlines NASA OIG A report released by NASA's Inspector General says the agency's commercial crew program is facing additional delays and questions some $157 million awarded to one of those contractors: Boeing. According to the report, in 2016 Boeing was paid a so-called premium of $287 million to alleviate perceived delays to the program, but SpaceX wasn't offered a similar opportunity. The Inspector General criticized Commercial Crew managers for offering the additional money for Starliner missions, calling $157 million of that payment "unnecessary costs." In a statement, NASA disagrees with the inspector’s characterization. Boeing says the bidding process was quote fair and open and disagrees with the OIG's findings. The report outlines delays in developing the parachutes, propulsion and launch abort systems of the spacecraft. Because of those challenges, the space agency won't send Commercial Crew astronauts to the station until at least Summer 2020. Both companies are coming up on critical tests of their capsules that will help solidify human launch dates. Boeing is set to launch an uncrewed capsule to the station next month. And in just a few weeks, SpaceX will test the abort motors of the Crew Dragon Capsule mid flight after launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Complicated Spacewalk The latest spacewalks center around a co...


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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?


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.


Space News Round Table: Starship, Exoplanets & Human Space Flight
2019-08-05 13:55:29
It's been a busy few days for space news. We're unrolling a new segment on the podcast this week — a round table of space journalists based here in Florida to break down the latest headlines and offer insight and analysis of all the top space news stories. The Orlando Sentinel’s Chabeli Herrera, WKMG’s Emilee Speck and Florida Today’s Emre Kelly join the podcast to talk about SpaceX’s Starship development, the search for exoplanets and NASA’s missions to launch humans to the International Space Station and the moon. This conversation was recorded Monday, August 5th at 9:00 a.m. By the time you get to listen to this episode, some details might have changed.


NASA's TESS Space Telescope Uncovers Hundreds Of New Worlds Outside Our Solar System
2019-08-01 11:43:01
NASA's planet hunting satellite has completed its first year of science in space. The spacecraft searched the southern sky for signs of so-called exoplanets. The mission seeks to answer one of science's age-old questions: are we alone in the universe? The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, identifies planets outside our solar system by staring at the stars. When a planet passes between the star and the spacecraft, the light of that star dims. TESS measures the dip in light — and scientists can use that data to determine what kind of planet is causing the dimming. This week, NASA announced TESS has found a new planet about 31 light years away that exists in the so-called habitable zone — meaning it's the right distance away from its host star to have liquid water. The observations will help future telescopes, both on the ground and in space, make even more detailed observations of these planets and search for signs of life. To talk about the spacecraft's first year of science, we're joined by Mark Clampin. He's the Director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.


Apollo Then & Now: Photo Series Captures Space Coast Change Fifty Years After Moon Missions
2019-07-20 13:53:30
In the 1960's, NASA's Apollo program spurred growth and development on Florida's SpaceCoast. Fifty years later, the lasting impact of the program can still be seen. Photographer Jim Hobart set out to document those changes for a special photo project for WMFE. He recreated photos found from the 1960’s and you can compare his new photos with the old using a slider tool. We speak with Hobart, along with Ben Brotemarkle from the Florida Historical Society to talk about the project  and the impact Apollo had on Florida's Space Coast.


Apollo Missions Inspired Generation Of Engineers, Scientists
2019-07-19 13:44:37
When Niel Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, millions tuned in live to watch the event. The moon landing inspired many to pursue an education and career in aerospace in what is now called the Apollo effect. Phil Metzerger was one of those kids who grew up around the Apollo program on Florida's Space Coast and went on to study engineering and eventually work at NASA. He was nudged by his dad, Theodore Metzger, who worked on the Apollo program. Now, Metzger works at UCF's Florida Space Institute as a planetary scientist. Phil rejoins the podcast to talk about growing up in the era of Apollo.


Apollo Flight Controllers: The People Who Made Moon Missions Happen
2019-07-18 13:42:35
After launching from Kennedy Space Center, controllers in Houston, Texas took over the operation of the Apollo missions — keeping a watchful eye on the crew and vehicle as it made the nearly quarter-million mile trip to the moon. One of those flight controllers was Gerry Griffin. We spoke about the role controllers played during the Apollo program and how the team handled the challenges and triumphs of the first moon missions — including the famous "SCE to AUX" fix that saved Apollo 12.


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