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Are We There Yet? Podcast

When it comes to human space exploration, we’re on the brink of something big.

Astronauts are about to make the leap from low-earth orbit to destinations never before explored by humans — deep space, asteroids and, ultimately, Mars.

New probes and rovers are leading the charge, helping us understand our solar system so we can put humans on new worlds.

Join host Brendan Byrne, space reporter at 90.7 WMFE in Orlando, Fla., 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.

Listen by clicking on the episodes below, on the WMFE mobile app, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or RSS Feed.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands on a barge at sea for the second time. Photo: SpaceX
Space

How To Land A Rocket Booster


SpaceX successful launched and landed a “flight proven” rocket booster, the second time this particular booster has seen action and making space flight history. But just what goes into the engineering feat of landing a 180 foot tall booster that’s rocketing through the sky?
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The “Space Poop Challenge” received more than 5,000 proposed solution for how do deal with human waste in fully-suited astronauts. Photo: NASA
Space

What To Do With Space Waste?


A few months ago, NASA asked the internet for ideas on how to deal with urine and feces inside a flight suit. Flight Surgeon Thatcher Cardon explains how his idea safely removes waste and why NASA thought it was the winning idea.
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It was a view similar to this that took Astronaut Bruce Melnick by surprise when he made his first trip to space. Photo: NASA
Space

The Sights And Smells Of Space Travel


Bruce Melnick has been to space twice. Once on Space Shuttle Discovery and again on Endeavor’s’ first flight. He joins ‘Are We There Yet?’ to tell listeners about the sights and smells of space travel.
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NASA’s Space Launch System (right) and SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy (left) are racing to the moon. Photo: NASA / SpaceX
Space

The Next Space Race?


Elon Musk wants to go to the moon. Well, two private customers want Elon to send them to the moon. The founder of SpaceX says he can do it by the end of 2018. But the mission is similar to one NASA is working on. Is there a new space race on the horizon?
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Matt Romeyn and Ralph Fritsche want to figure out how to grow food on Mars. Photo: Brendan Byrne
Are We There Yet

Martian Farmers


Ralph Fritsche is a lot like Mark Watney. He’s growing potatoes in Martian regolith. And as we’ll find out, it’s harder than it looks.
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“Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system that tests hardware for growing vegetables and other plants in space.
Photo: NASA
Space

Farming In Space


Astronauts on the International Space Station are growing their own food. So how do you grow plants in space?
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