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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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Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos committed to launching and manufacturing from Florida’s Space Coast. Photo: Brendan Byrne
Are We There Yet

The Space Barons


Washington Post space reporter Christian Davenport spent years interviewing the space barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Paul Allen. What is it about space that makes them chase nearly impossible dreams?
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(L to R) WMFE’s President and General Manager, LaFontaine Oliver, WMFE’s Brendan Byrne and Designer Tim Gagnon unveil Are We There Yet?’s first mission patch. Photo: WMFE / Jenny Babcock
Are We There Yet

Designing A Mission Patch


To celebrate the second year of the podcast “Are We There Yet?” we commissioned designer Tim Gagnon to create a mission patch. What’s the big deal with these things anyways? 
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Dr. Addie Dove and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana. Photo: WMFE / Jenny Babcock
Space

What’s Ahead For Space Exploration In Florida?


Florida’s Space Coast is roaring back to life. Nearly a decade after the shuttle was retired, we’re on the brink of a new age of space exploration that leverages commercial and academic partnerships to send humans farther into the solar system than ever before.
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NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite gets final preparations before launching in April. Photo: TESS / NASA
Are We There Yet

Hunting For Exoplanets


You’ve probably heard about exoplanets, right? They’re planets that live outside of our solar system. Scientists say they’re about to discover tens of thousands of new exoplanets.
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A camara tracker captures the launch of a space shuttle from Kennedy Space Center. Photo: Rick Wetherington
Space

Tracking Rockets


How do camera operators get such tight shots of rockets as they travel to space? By getting real close with a massive camera rig.
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Are We There Yet

Life On The HI-SEAS


Before we send humans to Mars, it’s probably a smart idea to do a few test runs first, right? That’s what analogs are for. They’re a great way to test the human aspect of space exploration
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On Mars, Curiosity rover takes a ‘selfie.’ Photo: NASA / JPL / Jason Majors
Are We There Yet

Curiosity’s Drill Broke. Now what?


Last year, Curiosity’s drill broke. The Mars rover had used the drill to acquire sample material from Martian rocks 15 times so far. But a sensor that monitors the amount of force used on the arm that hold the drill failed. That means Curiousity can’t tell if the drill bit is slipping or facing excessive force.
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