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Intersection: What’s Up In Space?


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The Juno spacecraft arrives at Jupiter later this year. Photo: NASA / Youtube

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NASA has big plans for space exploration – sending astronauts into deep space and eventually Mars. To do that, they’re going to need a rocket that’s bigger than anything ever seen before and a spacecraft capable of protecting astronauts for the long journey.

Meanwhile, private space companies are working to make space travel cheaper with rockets that can be landed and re-used.

And in the furthest reaches of the Solar System, unmanned space probes are making new discoveries about the planets and you can help.

90.7’s Space Reporter Brendan Byrne and Emilee Speck from Orlando Sentinel’s ‘Go For Launch Blog‘ get us up to speed on what’s up in space exploration.

And, Bob Richards describes himself as an ‘orphan of Apollo’. He says he was inspired by the first astronauts walking on the moon, and now he’s working to fulfill the promise of space exploration with his company Moon Express.


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »

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