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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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Engineers are using computer modeling to see how a helicopter might fly on Titan. Photo: Michael Kinzel
Space

Out Of This World: Building Helicopters To Explore The Solar System


NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover launched last week carrying a stow-away — a tiny helicopter named Ingenuity. If it works, it will be the first helicopter on another world and engineers and scientists are eagerly awaiting the results of the test flight, calling it Mars’ Wright Brother moment. Ingenuity might be the first, but it certainly won’t be the last. Work is underway on another off-planet helicopter named Dragonfly, with a plan to send it to Saturn’s moon Titan in 2027.
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Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken ready for launch. Photo: SpaceX
Central Florida News

Space News Roundup – Mars Rovers, Astronaut Splashdown & Mission: Impossible (Possibly In Space)


https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/awty/AWTYep226_SpeckSpaceNews.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAstronaut splash downs, Martian missions and a new Mission:Impossible movie shot in space — there’s a lot going on up there. We’ll dive into the space news headlines this week with WKMG’s space reporter Emilee Speck and take a look at the missions and events on the horizon. Then, NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover is set to launch this week from Cape Canaveral. We’ve spent the past few shows talking about this flagship mission to the red planet. Today we’ll chat with …
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This artist’s rendition depicts NASA’s Mars 2020 rover studying a Mars rock outrcrop. Photo: NASA
Space

It’s The Summer Of Mars


It’s the summer of Mars. Three spacecraft are heading to the red planet. Rovers from NASA and China, as well as an orbiter from the United Arab Emirates.
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NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, is a mobile robot that will roam around the Moon’s south pole looking for water ice. Photo: NASA
Space

The Deep Space Economy


Commercial space is booming — fueled by fresh cash, lots of new rockets and a change in how NASA works with private companies. What’s ahead for this new chapter in private space business?
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Rendering of Space Perspective’s Spaceship Neptune in flight over Florida’s Space Coast. Photo: Space Perspective
Space

Space Tourism Promises Fresh Perspective Of Planet Earth


As early as next year, space tourism company Space Perspective will ferry humans to the edge of space using a giant hydrogen-filled balloon. The capsule will have all the comforts of home – like a bar and a bathroom – and promises breathtaking views of the curvature of the Earth and blackness of space. As more and more space tourism ventures come online, how will greater access to space change how humans perceive this planet?
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First three Black astronauts to go to space, including Ronald McNair, Guy Bluford and Fred Gregory from the class of 1978 selection of astronauts. Photo: NASA
Space

Race In Space


Protests across the country have highlighted systemic racism and turned the national conversation towards equality and justice. So how does racial inequality affect space exploration?
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