Are We There Yet? 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.
Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

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

Astronaut 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 our panel of expert scientists on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment to preview the exciting science this rover promises to collect.

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

What Does Mars Sound Like? NASA Is Sending A Microphone To The Red Planet

The next Mars rover will have something no other Mars rover has ever had – a microphone. When the Mars Perseverance rover lands next February, scientists will get the chance to hear the red planet. But the microphone will also help scientists see what the planet is made out of. This week, a conversation with Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator Mars 2020 SuperCam. Then, the NEOWISE comet is making quite the appearance. We'll talk with our panel of expert scientists about how to see this cosmic phenomenon with just a set of binoculars — and why scientists get excited by a comet's gas trail.

What Does Mars Sound Like? NASA Is Sending A Microphone To The Red Planet

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. The armada of Mars bound explorers are taking advantage of a transfer window that happens only every two years when Earth and Mars are at their closest points. The overall goal of these missions is to better understand Mars. NASA's Perseverance rover launching from Cape Canaveral in Florida aims to find signs of ancient life on the red planet. We'll talk with Elizabeth Howell and Nicholas Booth, authors of the new book The Search for Life on Mars. We'll get a rundown of all the cool science heading to the red planet, and the plan to bring back samples of Mars in the next decade.

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? We'll speak with Mary Lynne Dittmar President & CEO, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, about the deep space economy. Then, fresh science payloads are heading to the moon soon, ahead of the return of NASA astronauts to the lunar surface. What's left to learn? We'll speak with our panel of expert scientists on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment about the new lunar science on the horizon. Be sure to check out Mary Lynne Dittmar's new show "The Deep Space Podcast." Get it wherever you get this podcast or visit the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration's website.

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? We'll talk with Space Perspectives CEOs Jane Poynter & Taber MacCallum about the dawn of space tourism. Then, why do some planets have rings? We'll talk with our panel of expert scientists on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment.

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? We'll speak with Jarard Williams, a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law about equality in space and the effort to inspire more diverse explorers. Williams recently gave a lecture called "The Dark Star: Black Representation in Space" on racial inequality in the space industry. Then, Saturn's moon Titan is getting farther and farther away from the ringed planet. How do we know this — and is Titan the only moon on the move? We'll ask our panel of experts on this week's segment "I'd Like to Know".

How NASA's Reliance On Commercial Companies Is Shaping Space Exploration

NASA is relying more and more on the private sector to help its exploration efforts — from building the next moon lander to transporting astronauts to the International Space Station. So what does the future look like for this new dawn of commercial exploration? We'll talk with Main Engine Cutoff podcast host Anthony Colangelo about the latest space business news and how leveraging commercial companies will help NASA reach places like the moon and Mars. Then, magnetars are neutron stars with powerful magnetic fields with the power to destroy anything in their paths. So where did they come from? We'll chat with our panel of expert scientists on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment.

How NASA's Reliance On Commercial Companies Is Shaping Space Exploration

James Webb Space Telescope: Finishing The Next Big Observatory

The James Webb Space Telescope is nearing the finish line, with a campaign of full systems tests on the horizon. The mega space-based telescope is an incredible machine — with a sunshield that once deployed in space will be the size of a tennis court. Once it's operational, the telescope will give scientists an unprecedented view of the infrared universe. But getting there has been a challenge — with the telescope's complexity adding to delays in developing and building it and the coronavirus pandemic further slowing down the project. We'll chat with Gregory Robinson, he's the program manager for the James Webb Space Telescope, about what's ahead for the observatory and how NASA plans to get it into space. Then, what's at the edge of our solar system? We'll speak with our panel of experts on this week's "I'd Like to Know" segment — exploring the Kuiper belt.

Inspiration & Innovation: What We Can Learn From SpaceX's Crew Dragon Launch

On Saturday, SpaceX successfully launched two NASA astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. It's the first time humans have launched from the U.S. since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. At a time when protests were breaking out across the county, for a brief moment, millions of people watched the launch and looked to the sky marveling at what humans are capable of doing. We're going to talk about the long-lasting impact of this launch — from the inspiration it delivered to the innovation it paves the way for. We'll start with Jackie Wattles. She covers commercial space and innovation for CNN and was at the launch Saturday. She joins us to talk about how this moment paves the way for future innovation — like missions to the moon and Mars — and how it inspires others to take giant leaps once more. Then, Kyle Jeter teaches astronomy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He made the three hour trip twice to watch the launch with his son and plans to use this moment of inspiration in his classroom. We'll talk with Mr. Jeter about how SpaceX's launch will inspire the next generation of human explorers.

Inspiration & Innovation: What We Can Learn From SpaceX's Crew Dragon Launch

It's Finally Here: NASA & SpaceX Set To Launch Humans From U.S. For The First Time Since S...

It's finally here. The launch of American astronauts from American soil is happening this week with the launch of NASA's Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on a SpaceX rocket. The launch of the Crew Dragon capsule with astronauts on board has been nearly a decade in the making. We'll speak with The Atlantic's staff reporter Marina Koren about the mission, how we got here and the challenges along the way. Then, we'll speak with former astronaut and SpaceX Direct Garret Reisman about the private company's push to fly astronauts and the paradigm shift of commercial space vehicles.

It's Finally Here: NASA & SpaceX Set To Launch Humans From U.S. For The First Time Since S...

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