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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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Final concept of a habitat on Mars from the Red Works 3D team. Photo: Red Works 3D
Space

If You Build It…


If we’re going to work and live on Mars, we need a place to live. What if we could build a habitat when we get there?
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Mars Space Camp. Photo: Lockheed Martin
Local News

Planning A Mars Base Camp


Tony Antonelli spent 24 days in space as a shuttle pilot, working on building the International Space Station. Now, he’s the chief technologist for Lockheed Martin’s civil exploration division. And he’s working on building the next space station, this one bound for Mars.
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Space

We’re On The Hunt For Exoplanets


NASA’s Kepler telescope discovered 1,284 new planets outside our solar system. They’re called exoplanets and the total count is now more than 3,000 confirmed planets. The telescope is only looking at a tiny fraction of the sky. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — or TESS for short — is the next chapter in the search for other planets.
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To pass the time, Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield plays guitar. His music videos made quite the splash on social media. Photo: NASA
Space

Becoming ‘At Home In Space’


Remember going on road trips as a kid – all cooped up in a car for what seemed like forever? Well, imagine being cooped up like that for six months. That’s the typical mission duration on the International Space Station. So how do astronauts put up with each other? And how do they make that tin can in the sky a bit more like home?
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Space

Kicking Rockets To The Curb?


Every space exploration mission begins with a countdown. The clock hits zero, the rocket launches and heads to space. But What if we could get rid of rockets all together?
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A Plutonium “marshmallow” pellet. Credit: Department of Energy
Are We There Yet

Batteries Not Included


Exploring space is a lot like camping — you need to bring everything with you. And that includes power. So how do scientists ‘pack’ for deep space missions? And how do you power these probes? NASA’s Jim Green explains.
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The Orion pressure vessel sits in the Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center. Photo: NASA
Are We There Yet

Some Assembly Required


The interesting thing about the Orion capsule is that it’s being put together at Kennedy Space Center where it will eventually launch. That’s a new technique for NASA. In the past, capsules were shipped to KSC fully assembled.
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