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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 Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play Music, Spotify or RSS Feed.

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President George W. Bush and NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe announce NASA’s new exploration plan in the wake of Columbia. (2004) Photo: NASA
Space

How Did We Get Here?


Each week, this podcasts asks the question “are we there yet?” but maybe it’s time to start asking “how did we get here?”
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CAD drawing of Mars 2020. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Space

They See Me Rovin’


Before we send humans to Mars, we’re exploring the red planet with rovers. NASA reached a critical milestone in the development of the Mars 2020 rover, set to launch in two years.
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Space

Baby Got Boosters


NASA wants to head to Mars. To do that, they’re developing a brand new rocket. But just leaving the Earth’s gravity requires a huge amount of thrust. So the hammer that’s going to launch astronauts to Mars are two Solid Rocket Boosters.
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NASA’s water treatment system. Photo: NASA
Space

Thirsty? Urine Luck.


If we’re going to Mars, we’ve got to maximize the resources we’re taking by recycling, and that includes water. That’s right, astronauts are going to have to recycle their urine. Actually, they already do, and the technology is getting better.
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Space

What ‘Chu Know About Juno?


It’s been five years since Juno launched from Cape Canaveral. Once it enters its polar orbit, we’re going to learn so much about the make-up of the planet, as well as key scientific findings that will help us better understand how planets and solar systems form.
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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
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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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