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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.

Listen by clicking on the episodes below, on the WMFE mobile app, or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play Music, Spotify or RSS Feed.

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Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, inspects New Shepard’s West Texas launch facility before the rocket’s maiden voyage. Photo: Blue Origin
Space

Space Tourism: Up There & Down Here


A seat on Blue Origin’s first crewed New Shepard flight went for $28 million at auction. It marks the start of a new chapter of space tourism. So what’s the future of this burgeoning market?
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Venus hides a wealth of information that could help us better understand Earth and exoplanets. NASA’s JPL is designing mission concepts to survive the planet’s extreme temperatures and atmospheric pressure. This image is a composite of data from NASA’s Magellan spacecraft and Pioneer Venus Orbiter.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Space

We’re Going To Venus


NASA selected two missions to head to Venus by the end of the 2020s. VERITAS and DAVINCI+ will be the first U.S. mission to Venus in decades. So why study Venus?
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WMFE’s Brining Mars to Earth, May 22, 2021. Photo: Ryan Ellison/WMFE
Space

Bringing Mars To Earth


NASA’s Perseverance rover is sending back some of the clearest and most dramatic images of the Martian surface ever. It landed earlier this year, and since then has been beaming back detailed panoramics, up close images, even sound and video of one of our closest celestial neighbors.
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A binary star system could help scientists uncover the age of stars. Pictured – BHB2007. Photo: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), F. O. Alves et al.
Space

Decade of Discovery & Dating Stars


Every 10 years, NASA tasks the science community to chart the course for the next decade of discovery and exploration. As NASA and other agencies push forward looking for signs of life in our universe, what’s the path ahead? We’ll also talk with ERAU’s Terry Oswalt about techniques to uncover the age of stars.
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NASA’s SOFIA observatory at Daytona International Airport. Photo: Brendan Byrne
Space

Interplanetary Helicopters & SOFIA’s New Eyes


NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter had a Wright Brothers moment on Mars after performing the first powered flight on another planet. It’s the first in many planned helicopter missions to other worlds. So what are engineers learning from the test? And — an aerial telescope is getting some new hardware to peer deep into the universe.
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