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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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Technicians make final preparations on OSIRIS-REx in a NASA clean room at Kennedy Space Center: Photo: Brendan Byrne
Space

To Bennu & Back


NASA and its academic partners are about to do something they’ve never done before: launch a spacecraft, rendezvous with an asteroid, collect a sample of regolith, or dust, from the surface and return it to Earth.
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An artist’s impression of the planet Proxima b. Photo: ESO
Space

Just A Hop, Skip And A Parsec Away


You’ve probably already heard by now, but scientist just discover an exoplanet that might just be like Earth. Joseph Harrington is a planetary scientist in the Department of Physics at the University of Central Florida and he’s going to try and spot evidence of the planet using telescopes in space.
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Scanning electron micrograph of T lymphocyte (right), a platelet (center) and a red blood cell (left).
Space

The Case Of The Missing T-Cells


Researchers noticed something strange about astronauts returning from space. They were getting sick from viruses that should have remained in check by their immune systems.
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Artist conception on Moon Express spacecraft on the lunar surface. Photo: Moon Express
Space

Fly Me To The Moon


Moon Express is a startup company competing for Google’s X-Prize. That’s a prize of at least $15 million to the first private company to make it to the moon. But CEO Bob Richards says it not all about the money.
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Concept art of a Mars One colony. Photo: Mars One
Space

The First Martians


On this podcast we’ve been focusing a lot on the technology of space exploration. We talked to rocket engineers, scientists, designers. But the ultimate goal of Martian exploration is to colonize the planet and while all this technology is imperative in getting humans to Mars, there’s one aspect of this ambition we haven’t really talked about yet. The first Mars colonists.
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President George W. Bush and NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe announce NASA’s new exploration plan in the wake of Columbia. (2004) Photo: NASA
Space

How Did We Get Here?


Each week, this podcasts asks the question “are we there yet?” but maybe it’s time to start asking “how did we get here?”
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CAD drawing of Mars 2020. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Space

They See Me Rovin’


Before we send humans to Mars, we’re exploring the red planet with rovers. NASA reached a critical milestone in the development of the Mars 2020 rover, set to launch in two years.
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Space

Baby Got Boosters


NASA wants to head to Mars. To do that, they’re developing a brand new rocket. But just leaving the Earth’s gravity requires a huge amount of thrust. So the hammer that’s going to launch astronauts to Mars are two Solid Rocket Boosters.
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NASA’s water treatment system. Photo: NASA
Space

Thirsty? Urine Luck.


If we’re going to Mars, we’ve got to maximize the resources we’re taking by recycling, and that includes water. That’s right, astronauts are going to have to recycle their urine. Actually, they already do, and the technology is getting better.
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Space

What ‘Chu Know About Juno?


It’s been five years since Juno launched from Cape Canaveral. Once it enters its polar orbit, we’re going to learn so much about the make-up of the planet, as well as key scientific findings that will help us better understand how planets and solar systems form.
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