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Are We There Yet? Podcast

There’s a lot going on up there. Join space reporter Brendan Byrne each week as he explores space exploration. From efforts to launch humans into deep space, to the probes exploring our solar system, Are We There Yet? brings you the latest in news from the space beat. Listen to interviews with astronauts, engineers and visionaries as humanity takes its next giant leap exploring our universe.

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Operations at the UCF-managed Arecibo Observatory (pictured here in the spring of 2019) are stopped until repairs can be made from an incident in August that caused a 100-foot-long gash on the telescope’s reflector dish. Photo: UCF

Arecibo’s Legacy

For nearly six decades, a 1,000 foot dish in a Puerto Rican forest has led the charge in searching for far away planets, alien life and tracking near-Earth asteroids. It’s also had cameos in television and film including the 1995 James Bond movie Goldeneye. Now, that dish is going dark.
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NASA astronauts Shannon Walker, left, Victor Glover, second from left, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, second from right, and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, right, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, wave as they walkout of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to depart for Launch Complex 39A to board the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for the Crew-1 mission launch, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA

A New Era In Human Spaceflight

Four astronauts successfully launched and docked to the International Space Station this week, flying on the first commercially designed and built spacecraft — SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.
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Using the Event Horizon Telescope, scientists obtained an image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87, outlined by emission from hot gas swirling around it under the influence of strong gravity near its event horizon.
Photo: Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al.

The Path Ahead In Space Policy & A “Black Hole Survival Guide”

All eyes have been on the Presidential race, but the 2020 election will also have an impact on the U.S. space program. From Congressional funding to NASA leadership — what’s ahead? Then, black holes have captured the attention of the masses with breakthroughs in imaging, gravitational wave detection and Nobel Prize recognition. What’s spurring this new dawn of black hole discovery?
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John C. Reilly as Cap, Tim Heidecker as Rook and Fred Armisen as Skip in “Moonbase 8.” Photo: Showtime

A Space For Comedy & SLS Testing

We’ll speak with co-creators, writers and stars of the new show Moonbase 8, John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker and Fred Armisen about the inspiration and research behind the series.
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Hubble’s ultra deep field contains images of over 10,000 distant galaxies. Photo: NASA

Searching For Aliens

We’re on the hunt for aliens. NASA astrobiologists are scanning the skies for signs of life. But will extraterrestrials look like the little green humanoids from science fiction movies, books or TV?
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