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When it comes to human space exploration, we’re on the brink of something big. 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.






Building A Mobile Launch Pad

How do you build a mobile launch pad that will handle missions to deep space?

Duration: 00:11:29

Piecing Together A Rocket Inside The Vehicle Assembly Building

Before NASA can launch its next big rocket, the Space Launch System, it has to put it together.

Duration: 00:18:59

Launching NASA’s Next Big Rocket

NASA is in the process of developing a rocket system that will take humans past low-earth orbit and into deep space. That huge rocket will launch an uncrewed capsule on a trip around the moon sometime in 2019. And that mission starts from the Kennedy Space Center. So how is the space center prepping for that launch?

Duration: 00:20:59

Buzz Aldin Is Obsessed With Mars. His Son Is Helping Get Humans There.

The Apollo 11 astronaut and second person to walk on the moon is now developing a plan to send humans to live permanently on the red planet.

Duration: 00:18:59

On The Way To An Asteroid

OSIRIS-REx is zooming towards the asteroid Bennu. It's on a mission to collect a sample of asteroid "dirt" and send it back to Earth. Scientists hope to uncover the building blocks of life in the solar system. The spacecraft launched last summer, so what's it up to these days?

Duration: 00:29:29

First “Space Painter” Inspires With Art

Nicole Stott calls herself the Artistic Astronaut -- and for good reason. She’s the first person to paint in space.

Duration: 00:20:29

How To Survive On Mars

When the first Martians arrive on the red planet, not much awaits them. There’s no food, no breathable air, no fuel. All they’ll have is what they brought with them -- not much. So how are they going to survive?

Duration: 01:16:14

How To Land A Rocket Booster

SpaceX successful launched and landed a "flight proven" rocket booster, the second time this particular booster has seen action and making space flight history. But just what goes into the engineering feat of landing a 180 foot tall booster that's rocketing through the sky?

Duration: 00:20:59

What To Do With Space Waste?

A few months ago, NASA asked the internet for ideas on how to deal with urine and feces inside a flight suit. Flight Surgeon Thatcher Cardon explains how his idea safely removes waste and why NASA thought it was the winning idea.

Duration: 00:14:28

How A Recycled Rocket Will Take Us To Mars

SpaceX's ability to launch, land and recycle a rocket could lower the cost of access to space, and pave the way for founder Elon Musk's to reach his ambitious goal of colonizing the red planet.

Duration: 00:29:12

Mars Landing Sites & CubeSat Planetary Exploration

Where's the next Mars rover heading? Scientists at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference weigh in on three potential landing sites.

Duration: 00:22:29

The Sights And Smells Of Space Travel

Bruce Melnick has been to space twice. Once on Space Shuttle Discovery and again on Endeavor's’ first flight. He joins 'Are We There Yet?' to tell listeners about the sights and smells of space travel.

Duration: 00:19:59

Explosions & Parachutes: Slowing Down Orion

How do you stop a 20,000 pound spacecraft traveling 300 miles per hour? Explosions and parachutes, that's how.

Duration: 00:16:59

The Next Space Race?

Elon Musk wants to go to the moon. Well, two private customers want Elon to send them to the moon. The founder of SpaceX says he can do it by the end of 2018. But the mission is similar to one NASA is working on. Is there a new space race on the horizon?

Duration: 00:26:29

To Crew, Or Not To Crew, That Is The Question

Could humans be on NASA's next deep-space mission, as early as 2019? NASA’s acting director Robert Lightfoot wants to find out.

Duration: 00:24:29

Martian Farmers

Ralph Fritsche is a lot like Mark Watney. He’s growing potatoes in Martian regolith. And as we’ll find out, it’s harder than it looks.

Duration: 00:21:29

Farming In Space

Astronauts on the International Space Station are growing their own food. So how do you grow plants in space?

Duration: 00:18:29

President Trump’s Space Policy

As President Trump begins his term, he'll appoint a new NASA Administrator. That new head of the public space program will steer NASA's vision for space exploration. So where is it heading?

Duration: 00:27:41

Put A Ring On It

The Cassini spacecraft has been exploring Saturn since launching in 1997. Cassini gave planetary scientists incredible insight into the planet’s rings, it’s surface, and moons. As it enters it's final year, UCF Professor and Planetary Scientist Josh Colwell reflects on what insight the spacecraft provided to planetary scientists.

Duration: 00:25:33

Oh My: George Takei Talks Science Fiction, Technology, And Interplanetary Equality

George Takei is best known for his role as Sulu, helmsmen on the USS Enterprise during the show Star Trek. George took some time to chat with "Are We There Yet?" about Star Trek, science fiction, and equality in the 23rd century.

Duration: 00:24:01

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