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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.

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    • 4.4 • 338 Ratings

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.

    From the moon to Mars

    From the moon to Mars

    NASA’s Artemis I mission has made it to the moon. The milestone mission launched last week from Kennedy Space Center, ushering in a new chapter of lunar exploration.



    We’ll hear from NASASpaceflight.com assistant managing editor Chris Gebhardt about that historic launch and what’s ahead for the space capsule Orion now that it’s reached the moon.



    Then, a robot exploring Mars was only expected to last 90 days -- instead, it made it 15 years. Now, a new documentary is chronicling the incredible journey of NASA’s Opportunity rover. We’ll explore the new film Good Night Oppy with Director Ryan White and chat with Doug Ellison, one of the rover’s scientists, about the mission's legacy.

    • 27 min
    Artemis I, take three

    Artemis I, take three

    NASA’s next moon mission could take flight this week. Artemis I is poised to launch from Kennedy Space Center as early as Wednesday morning. The mission has faced a handful of obstacles, from engine issues, a gas leak, to riding out a hurricane.



    We’ll speak with Philip Metzger, a former NASA engineer and now researcher at the Florida Space Institute about the challenges of launching a new vehicle -- and what’s at stake during this launch attempt.



    Then, we’ll speak with a retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott about Artemis  and how this moment in exploration is inspiring us to take better care of our own spaceship Earth.

    • 27 min
    The Pillars of Creation in a brand new light

    The Pillars of Creation in a brand new light

    The Pillars of Creation image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope has captivated space fans for decades.



    Now, we’re getting a fresh new look at this cosmic nursery thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope.



    We’ll hear from Florida Tech's Eric Perlman about this stunning new set of images and how JWST will continue to blow our cosmic minds.



    Then, from birth to mid-life crisis: how can you tell the age of stars? Turns out, it’s really difficult. But researchers at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University like Terry Oswalt are hoping to shed some light on a star’s age by watching how fast they spin. We'll revisit a conversation from May 2021 about that research.



    Uncovering our cosmic history -- that’s ahead on Are We There Yet?, here on 90.7 WMFE news.

    • 27 min
    Zero G and I feel fine

    Zero G and I feel fine

    What’s it like to feel weightless, like the astronauts on the International Space Station?



    Brian Bartelo is a 6th grader from Buffalo, New York. He entered an essay contest to win a trip on a ZeroG flight -- an airplane that simulates weightlessness by flying parabolic arcs. 



    The contest was sponsored by SpaceKids Global, an outreach organization aimed at bringing kids closer to space exploration. We'll hear from Brian and his brother about the flight, plus a conversation with SpaceKids Global founders Sharon & Mark Hagle about the inspiration of ZeroG flights. 



    https://twitter.com/SpaceBrendan/status/1584532792586768385



    Then it’s not all about goofing around. Scientists leverage platforms like these flights to conduct experiments. One of those scientists is University of Central Florida's Addie Dove. She joins us to talk about research in microgravity.

    • 27 min
    From the Space Shuttle to Starship

    From the Space Shuttle to Starship

    For three decades, the Space Shuttle program carried 355 astronauts into orbit on 135 missions.



    And it took a team of thousands of engineers, technicians and other employees to keep the program flying. A new documentary “When We Were Shuttle” tells the stories of those working behind the scenes -- and what the program meant to them.



    We’ll speak with director Zackary Weil about the film.



    Then, SpaceX is making progress on its Starship spacecraft and work continues here in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center. We’ll hear from NASA Spaceflight dot com’s managing editor Chris Gebhardt about the latest from Starbase and KSC.

    Additional links:

    RSVP to the Thursday, October 20 screening of "When We Were Shuttle" at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. 

    • 27 min
    Let’s talk about the weather (and space, of course)

    Let’s talk about the weather (and space, of course)

    People in the path of Hurricane Ian are still dealing with its aftermath.



    Before and during the storm, residents rely on forecasts from meteorologists to track the storm and plan to prepare. Many of the tools these forecasters use come from space.



    We’ll chat with meteorology professor Rob Eicher about the space-based tools forecasters use to predict the severity and path of storms like Ian.



    Then, weather -- it’s not just an Earthly phenomenon. We’ll speak with NOAA’s Rob Steenburgh about forecasting space weather -- and why forecasting space storms is important to us here on Earth.

    Additional Links

    Here's the image from Landsat 8, described by Eicher. Be sure to click on the image for the full resolution. To compare, here's images from GOES-East, which is operating from a much higher orbit.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
338 Ratings

338 Ratings

Andy.Capp ,

Space Coast’s best podcast

This podcast is put on by WMFE, the local Orlando PBS station and is probably THE MOST UNDERRATED space exploration podcast on the air today. Very interesting topics and guests. Very well done show!

johnnyPeps901210 ,

Fantastic Blend

This show is awesome! Are We There Yet?offers an awesome blend of technical and non-technical topics that are broken down so that anyone can understand. I HIGHLY recommend this show to anyone with an inkling of interest in the science of space and the latest and greatest news of the space industry.

MKULTRA83 ,

Meh

Meh, really really boring. Same old… old rich people talking about the same old things. I wish I was a over privileged spoiled person with resources to be as delusional as these people.

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