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Brendan Byrne

Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast

He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the sound of the program.

Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to Central Florida in 2005 to attend the University of Central Florida. He began working at WMFE as a college intern where he discovered his love for public radio.

Recent Stories from Brendan Byrne

An Apollo astronaut’s footprint on the moon. Scientists says there’s a good chance the Apollo moon-walker footprints are still there, 50 years later. Photo: NASA

Preserving Apollo’s Historic Landing Sites On The Moon

Scientists believe the footprints of the twelve Apollo moon-walkers remain untouched by wind or erosion on the lunar surface. But as more countries — and companies — set their sites on the moon, advocates are worried that there are no international laws protecting the historic sites from tampering or damage.

Intersection: Apollo 11’s History, Legacy & Inspiration

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/071619_Apollo.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSToday marks 50 years since Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center, sending Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on a mission that would land the first humans on the moon. Today on Intersection, we’ll look back at that launch and speak with UCF historian Amy Foster about how the Apollo program shaped Florida’s space coast. Then, Apollo inspired countless young people to explore space as a career. The Florida Space Institute’s Phil Metzger takes us back to his childhood …

JoAnn Morgan was the only woman in the launch firing room during the launch of Apollo 11. Photo: NASA

JoAnn Morgan – The Only Woman In The Apollo 11 Firing Room

On the morning of July 16, dozens of technicians and flight controllers piled into the firing room at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to count down the launch of Apollo 11’s Saturn V rocket. Among the sea of people was JoAnn Morgan –KSC’s first female engineer and the only woman in that firing room.

The firing room, mobile launcher and Vehicle Assembly Building all received upgrades ahead of NASA’s next moon mission Artemis. Photo: Jim Hobart / WMFE

Fifty Years After Apollo, NASA Targets Moon Once More

It’s been 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission sent the first humans to the moon. Five decades later NASA is on another moon shot, using much of the same technology and tenacity that got us there in the first place.