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Space News Roundup - Mars Rovers, Astronaut Splashdown & Mission: Impossible (Possibly In Space) from Are We There Yet?

From Are We There Yet? - 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.


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.

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.
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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.


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.


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.


It's The Summer Of Mars
2020-07-14 15:35:36
It's the summer of Mars. Three spacecraft are heading to the red planet. Rovers from NASA and China, as well as an orbiter from the United Arab Emirates. The armada of Mars bound explorers are taking advantage of a transfer window that happens only every two years when Earth and Mars are at their closest points. The overall goal of these missions is to better understand Mars. NASA's Perseverance rover launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida aims to find signs of ancient life on the red planet. We'll talk with Elizabeth Howell and Nicholas Booth, authors of the new book The Search for Life on Mars. We'll get a rundown of all the cool science heading to the red planet, and the plan to bring back samples of Mars in the next decade.


The Deep Space Economy
2020-07-07 15:36:25
Commercial space is booming — fueled by fresh cash, lots of new rockets and a change in how NASA works with private companies. What's ahead for this new chapter in private space business? We'll speak with Mary Lynne Dittmar President & CEO, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, about the deep space economy. Then, fresh science payloads are heading to the moon soon, ahead of the return of NASA astronauts to the lunar surface. What's left to learn? We'll speak with our panel of expert scientists on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment about the new lunar science on the horizon. Be sure to check out Mary Lynne Dittmar’s new show “The Deep Space Podcast.” Get it wherever you get this podcast or visit the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration’s website.


Space Tourism Promises Fresh Perspective Of Planet Earth
2020-06-30 15:31:08
As early as next year, space tourism company Space Perspective will ferry humans to the edge of space using a giant hydrogen-filled balloon. The capsule will have all the comforts of home - like a bar and a bathroom - and promises breathtaking views of the curvature of the Earth and blackness of space. As more and more space tourism ventures come online, how will greater access to space change how humans perceive this planet? We'll talk with Space Perspectives CEOs Jane Poynter & Taber MacCallum about the dawn of space tourism. Then, why do some planets have rings? We'll talk with our panel of expert scientists on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment.


Race In Space
2020-06-23 15:51:48
Protests across the country have highlighted systemic racism and turned the national conversation towards equality and justice. So how does racial inequality affect space exploration? We'll speak with Jarard Williams, a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law about equality in space and the effort to inspire more diverse explorers. Williams recently gave a lecture called "The Dark Star: Black Representation in Space" on racial inequality in the space industry. Then, Saturn’s moon Titan is getting farther and farther away from the ringed planet. How do we know this — and is Titan the only moon on the move? We'll ask our panel of experts on this week's segment "I'd Like to Know".


How NASA's Reliance On Commercial Companies Is Shaping Space Exploration
2020-06-16 15:35:43
NASA is relying more and more on the private sector to help its exploration efforts — from building the next moon lander to transporting astronauts to the International Space Station. So what does the future look like for this new dawn of commercial exploration? We'll talk with Main Engine Cutoff podcast host Anthony Colangelo about the latest space business news and how leveraging commercial companies will help NASA reach places like the moon and Mars. Then, magnetars are neutron stars with powerful magnetic fields with the power to destroy anything in their paths. So where did they come from? We'll chat with our panel of expert scientists on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment.


James Webb Space Telescope: Finishing The Next Big Observatory
2020-06-09 15:46:35
The James Webb Space Telescope is nearing the finish line, with a campaign of full systems tests on the horizon. The mega space-based telescope is an incredible machine — with a sunshield that once deployed in space will be the size of a tennis court. Once it's operational, the telescope will give scientists an unprecedented view of the infrared universe. But getting there has been a challenge — with the telescope's complexity adding to delays in developing and building it and the coronavirus pandemic further slowing down the project. We'll chat with Gregory Robinson, he's the program manager for the James Webb Space Telescope, about what's ahead for the observatory and how NASA plans to get it into space. Then, what's at the edge of our solar system? We'll speak with our panel of experts on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment — exploring the Kuiper belt.


Inspiration & Innovation: What We Can Learn From SpaceX's Crew Dragon Launch
2020-06-02 15:26:23
On Saturday, SpaceX successfully launched two NASA astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. It's the first time humans have launched from the U.S. since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. At a time when protests were breaking out across the county, for a brief moment, millions of people watched the launch and looked to the sky marveling at what humans are capable of doing. We're going to talk about the long-lasting impact of this launch — from the inspiration it delivered to the innovation it paves the way for. We'll start with Jackie Wattles. She covers commercial space and innovation for CNN and was at the launch Saturday. She joins us to talk about how this moment paves the way for future innovation — like missions to the moon and Mars — and how it inspires others to take giant leaps once more. Then, Kyle Jeter teaches astronomy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He made the three hour trip  twice to watch the launch with his son and plans to use this moment of inspiration in his classroom. We'll talk with Mr. Jeter about how SpaceX's launch will inspire the next generation of human explorers.


It's Finally Here: NASA & SpaceX Set To Launch Humans From U.S. For The First Time Since Space Shuttle
2020-05-26 15:37:24
It's finally here. The launch of American astronauts from American soil is happening this week with the launch of NASA's Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on a SpaceX rocket. The launch of the Crew Dragon capsule with astronauts on board has been nearly a decade in the making. We'll speak with The Atlantic's staff reporter Marina Koren about the mission, how we got here and the challenges along the way. Then, we'll speak with former astronaut and SpaceX Direct Garret Reisman about the private company's push to fly astronauts and the paradigm shift of commercial space vehicles.


Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana Ready For First Human Spaceflight Since Shuttle
2020-05-19 15:31:48
In a little over a week, SpaceX will attempt to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from Florida — the first human launch from the United States in nearly a decade. Since the start of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, the Kennedy Space Center has worked to support the next chapter of human launches. We'll speak with center director Bob Cabana about the transition to support Commercial Crew partners SpaceX and Boeing and what's in store for astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley as they make their final preparations for flight from Florida. Then, a giant radio dish in Puerto Rico observing our universe. The Arecibo observatory is a radio telescope unlocking all sorts of secrets in the cosmos. On this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment, our expert physicists explain what radio astronomy is and how Aricebo is helping scientists see deeper into our universe.


Covering Space: Corespondent Peter King Ready To Report Human Launches Once More
2020-05-12 15:40:44
For the past 25 years, CBS radio correspondent Peter King has covered human launches from Florida — including the last Space Shuttle launch in 2011. Later this month, SpaceX will launch two NASA astronauts atop a Falcon 9 rocket. It will be the first human launch in nearly a decade. We'll talk with Peter about his experience covering astronaut launches from Kennedy Space Center. Then, the James Webb Space Telescope is behind schedule and over budget. A listener asks just how much longer can other space-based telescopes like Hubble last as we wait for the next generation to come online? We'll put that question to our panel of experts on this weeks "I'd Like to Know" segment."


Covering Space: Correspondent Peter King Ready To Report Human Launches Once More
2020-05-12 15:40:44
For the past 25 years, CBS radio correspondent Peter King has covered human launches from Florida — including the last Space Shuttle launch in 2011. Later this month, SpaceX will launch two NASA astronauts atop a Falcon 9 rocket. It will be the first human launch in nearly a decade. We'll talk with Peter about his experience covering astronaut launches from Kennedy Space Center. Then, the James Webb Space Telescope is behind schedule and over budget. A listener asks just how much longer can other space-based telescopes like Hubble last as we wait for the next generation to come online? We'll put that question to our panel of experts on this weeks "I'd Like to Know" segment."


The Next Mission To Mars: NASA Rover Will Search For Signs Of Ancient Life
2020-05-05 15:54:41
This summer, NASA will launch a 2,000 pound robot to the surface of Mars. The Perseverance rover will search for ancient signs of life and prep samples of Martian rocks to send back home. For an overview of the mission, we'll speak with Jake Robins. He's the host of the podcast WeMartians and has been following the development of the rover as it readies for its launch from Kennedy Space Center. Then, an asteroid zipped dramatically close to Earth last week. While it wasn't a threat to our planet, it has me wondering how do we detect and protect from future threats? We'll pose that question to our panel of experts on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment.


The Fight For Women Astronauts
2020-04-28 15:50:32
The Mercury 7 might have had the right stuff and made the headlines, but behind the scenes 13 women were being tested to become astronauts. This hidden history of the fight for women astronauts is uncovered in Rebecca Siegel's new book "To Fly Among the Stars." We'll speak with Siegel about the program and the lasting impressions these women left on the trajectory of gender equality in space flight. Then, as astronomers discover more and more planets outside our solar system, how do we know what they're made of? Our panel of expert scientists answer a listener question about uncovering the stuff that makes a planet and what's hidden on its surface — that's on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment.


Remote Rovin': NASA Mars Rover Drivers Are Working From Home. Here's How They Do It.
2020-04-21 15:51:32
For those of us now working from home, we know there are a few challenges. Your mic doesn't work on a Zoom meeting, your cat walks across your keyboard, your VPN is busted. Well, imagine your job entails driving a car-sized rover some 100 million miles away on the surface of Mars — all from home. That's exactly what the Curiosity Rover team is doing now with great success. NASA’s Alicia Allbaugh leads the Mars rover driving team and joins us to talk about the challenges of remote working and the successes her team has accomplished. Then, each year scientists get together and plan for the next ten years of discovery. The Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey is underway — so what's on the horizon? On this week’s installment of "I'd Like to Know," our expert scientists weigh in on what's to come in the efforts of planetary discovery.


Teaching The Next Generation Of Stargazers And Space Explorers
2020-04-14 15:50:29
Some seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida are learning about the night sky and the universe they live in thanks to their astronomy teacher Kyle Jeter. Astronomy isn't a common course selection for most — we'll explore how it can help students understand all sorts of science and promote science literacy in a social media world. Then, our expert scientists have some sci-fi picks for keeping us busy during the quarantine. We'll chat with UCF's Addie Dove, Josh Colwell and Jim Cooney about science fiction shows and new science documentaries to keep us company as we're safer at home.


Teaching The Next Generation Of Star Gazers And Space Explorers
2020-04-14 15:50:29
Some seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida are learning about the night sky and the universe they live in thanks to their astronomy teacher Kyle Jeter. Astronomy isn't a common course selection for most — we'll explore how it can help students understand all sorts of science and promote science literacy in a social media world. Then, our expert scientists have some sci-fi picks for keeping us busy during the quarantine. We'll chat with UCF's Addie Dove, Josh Colwell and Jim Cooney about science fiction shows and new science documentaries to keep us company as we're safer at home.


Astronaut Mike Massimino's "Unlikely" Journey To Space
2020-04-07 16:57:16
While many of us are struggling with the new normal of quarantining and self-isolating, for NASA astronauts – it's a part of the job. We'll catch up with retired NASA astronaut Mike Massimino about the importance of quarantining for space travelers, and the lessons he learned while isolated from his family during his two missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope. We'll also talk about his book, "Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe" which has now been adapted to a young adult novel, about how he became an astronaut in the first place. Then, with so many of us staying at home — what can we do to pass the time? Our panel of expert physicists say now's a great time to do some stargazing. A crash course in backyard astronomy from our expert scientists.


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?


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.


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.


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. 


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".


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