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Are We There Yet?

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Are We There Yet?

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Latest Episodes

Fixing Arecibo & Tracking Near-Earth Asteroids

It’s been more than a month since an asteroid-hunting telescope in Puerto Rico has gone dark. The Arecibo Observatory’s dish is broken after a piece of scaffolding fell, damaging the surface. So what will it take to fix it? We’ll speak with observatory director Francisco Cordova about the efforts to bring Arecibo back online. Then, an asteroid is heading our way — right on election day. Does the cosmic flyby pose any risk to us here on Earth? We’ll speak with our science experts on this week’s I’d Like to Know segment about the possible fly-by and the sensational headlines that get us all looking toward the sky.

27 min3 d ago
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Fixing Arecibo & Tracking Near-Earth Asteroids

Humans To Mars & A Supernova Extinction

Last week, scientists, engineers and visionaries met at the annual Humans to Mars summit, outlining current challenges and technological breakthroughs in developing a plan for how to live on the red planet. WeMartian’s podcast host Jake Robins attended the virtual summit and joins us to talk about his takeaways from the conference — like conversations about diversity and inclusion in deep space exploration and the expanded role robots will play in getting us to Mars. Then, is an supernova to blame for one of Earth’s earliest extinction events? We’ll chat with our panel of expert scientists from UCF this week to talk about a new paper that argues a star’s death could have had some collateral damage here on Earth.

27 min1 w ago
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Humans To Mars & A Supernova Extinction

A Space For Curiosity & An Observatory Goes Dark

Public interest in space exploration is on the rise, partly due to high-profile missions like SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, returning to human launches from the U.S. and excitement around the launch of three missions to Mars this summer. With new interest comes questions from amateur space fans…like how did the International Space Station get built or how do astronauts go to the bathroom in space. A new podcast from WKMG’s space reporter Emilee Speck aims to answer those questions submitted by listeners. We’ll talk with Speck about the curious nature of space exploration and how public outreach is helping diversify the space industry. Then, an observatory has gone quiet. After suffering a snapped cable, the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico is offline. We’ll chat with our panel of expert scientists from the University of Central Florida about Arecibo’s role in astronomy and what it means to have such an important piece of equipment temporarily out of action.

27 min2 w ago
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A Space For Curiosity & An Observatory Goes Dark

Assembling NASA’s Deep Spacecraft & Heavy Metal Asteroids

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is the next deep-space vehicle designed to take humans to the moon. We’ll talk with NASA’s Amy Marasia about the process and what it will take to get humans back to the moon in the 2020s. Then, scientists have their eyes set on a metallic asteroid called Psyche. NASA is moving forward with plans to send a probe to the intriguing asteroid. So what can we learn from a metal asteroid? We’ll ask our panel of expert physicists on this week’s I’d Like to Know segment. Assembling NASA’s Next Deep Space Vehicle Nelly Ontiveros, WMFE NASA’s Orion spacecraft is scheduled to launch next year from the Kennedy Space Center on an uncrewed test flight around the moon. Work on NASA’s next deep-space vehicle reached a critical milestone with the addition of an adapter that attaches it to NASA’s SLS rocket. In a conversation with NASA’s Amy Marasia, Orion Spacecraft Assembly Branch Manager, we explore the assembly of a vehicle that takes us one step closer to puttin...

27 min3 w ago
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Assembling NASA’s Deep Spacecraft & Heavy Metal Asteroids

The Big Business Of SpaceX & The Discovery Of A Tiny Black Hole

It’s been a busy year for the private space company SpaceX — from launching and landing two NASA astronauts in its Crew Dragon Capsule, to the deployment of hundreds of tiny satellites to blanket the globe with internet access. Now, SpaceX is pushing ahead with development of its Starship spacecraft, with ambitious plans to send humans to the moon and Mars. Michael Sheetz is a reporter at CNBC, tracking news from the space beat, and keeping a watchful eye on the private space sector. We’ll speak with Sheetz about the business of SpaceX and how the company’s internet plans are fueling its Martian ambitions. Then, is it a bird, a plane, a tiny black hole or a neutron star? One of those things was discovered by gravitational wave observations — and our panel of expert scientists from UCF are here to break down the latest findings in our universe.

27 minAUG 19
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The Big Business Of SpaceX & The Discovery Of A Tiny Black Hole

Out Of This World: Building Helicopters To Explore The Solar System

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover launched last week carrying a stow-away — a tiny helicopter named Ingenuity. If it works, it will be the first helicopter on another world and engineers and scientists are eagerly awaiting the results of the test flight, calling it Mars’ Wright Brother moment. Ingenuity might be the first, but it certainly won’t be the last. Work is underway on another off-planet helicopter named Dragonfly, with a plan to send it to Saturn’s moon Titan in 2027. So why helicopters? And what challenges must engineers overcome to fly on another world? We’ll speak with Mike Kinzel, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who’s working on the Dragonfly vehicle. Then, a space-based telescope has discovered a planet orbiting two suns. They’re called circumbinary planets and if we were on the surface, we’d see a sunset similar to the fictional home of Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. Our panel of expert scientists explain the phy...

27 minAUG 5
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Out Of This World: Building Helicopters To Explore The Solar System

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.

27 minJUL 29
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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.

27 minJUL 22
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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.

27 minJUL 15
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It’s The Summer Of Mars

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.

27 minJUL 8
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The Deep Space Economy

Latest Episodes

Fixing Arecibo & Tracking Near-Earth Asteroids

It’s been more than a month since an asteroid-hunting telescope in Puerto Rico has gone dark. The Arecibo Observatory’s dish is broken after a piece of scaffolding fell, damaging the surface. So what will it take to fix it? We’ll speak with observatory director Francisco Cordova about the efforts to bring Arecibo back online. Then, an asteroid is heading our way — right on election day. Does the cosmic flyby pose any risk to us here on Earth? We’ll speak with our science experts on this week’s I’d Like to Know segment about the possible fly-by and the sensational headlines that get us all looking toward the sky.

27 min3 d ago
Comments
Fixing Arecibo & Tracking Near-Earth Asteroids

Humans To Mars & A Supernova Extinction

Last week, scientists, engineers and visionaries met at the annual Humans to Mars summit, outlining current challenges and technological breakthroughs in developing a plan for how to live on the red planet. WeMartian’s podcast host Jake Robins attended the virtual summit and joins us to talk about his takeaways from the conference — like conversations about diversity and inclusion in deep space exploration and the expanded role robots will play in getting us to Mars. Then, is an supernova to blame for one of Earth’s earliest extinction events? We’ll chat with our panel of expert scientists from UCF this week to talk about a new paper that argues a star’s death could have had some collateral damage here on Earth.

27 min1 w ago
Comments
Humans To Mars & A Supernova Extinction

A Space For Curiosity & An Observatory Goes Dark

Public interest in space exploration is on the rise, partly due to high-profile missions like SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, returning to human launches from the U.S. and excitement around the launch of three missions to Mars this summer. With new interest comes questions from amateur space fans…like how did the International Space Station get built or how do astronauts go to the bathroom in space. A new podcast from WKMG’s space reporter Emilee Speck aims to answer those questions submitted by listeners. We’ll talk with Speck about the curious nature of space exploration and how public outreach is helping diversify the space industry. Then, an observatory has gone quiet. After suffering a snapped cable, the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico is offline. We’ll chat with our panel of expert scientists from the University of Central Florida about Arecibo’s role in astronomy and what it means to have such an important piece of equipment temporarily out of action.

27 min2 w ago
Comments
A Space For Curiosity & An Observatory Goes Dark

Assembling NASA’s Deep Spacecraft & Heavy Metal Asteroids

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is the next deep-space vehicle designed to take humans to the moon. We’ll talk with NASA’s Amy Marasia about the process and what it will take to get humans back to the moon in the 2020s. Then, scientists have their eyes set on a metallic asteroid called Psyche. NASA is moving forward with plans to send a probe to the intriguing asteroid. So what can we learn from a metal asteroid? We’ll ask our panel of expert physicists on this week’s I’d Like to Know segment. Assembling NASA’s Next Deep Space Vehicle Nelly Ontiveros, WMFE NASA’s Orion spacecraft is scheduled to launch next year from the Kennedy Space Center on an uncrewed test flight around the moon. Work on NASA’s next deep-space vehicle reached a critical milestone with the addition of an adapter that attaches it to NASA’s SLS rocket. In a conversation with NASA’s Amy Marasia, Orion Spacecraft Assembly Branch Manager, we explore the assembly of a vehicle that takes us one step closer to puttin...

27 min3 w ago
Comments
Assembling NASA’s Deep Spacecraft & Heavy Metal Asteroids

The Big Business Of SpaceX & The Discovery Of A Tiny Black Hole

It’s been a busy year for the private space company SpaceX — from launching and landing two NASA astronauts in its Crew Dragon Capsule, to the deployment of hundreds of tiny satellites to blanket the globe with internet access. Now, SpaceX is pushing ahead with development of its Starship spacecraft, with ambitious plans to send humans to the moon and Mars. Michael Sheetz is a reporter at CNBC, tracking news from the space beat, and keeping a watchful eye on the private space sector. We’ll speak with Sheetz about the business of SpaceX and how the company’s internet plans are fueling its Martian ambitions. Then, is it a bird, a plane, a tiny black hole or a neutron star? One of those things was discovered by gravitational wave observations — and our panel of expert scientists from UCF are here to break down the latest findings in our universe.

27 minAUG 19
Comments
The Big Business Of SpaceX & The Discovery Of A Tiny Black Hole

Out Of This World: Building Helicopters To Explore The Solar System

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover launched last week carrying a stow-away — a tiny helicopter named Ingenuity. If it works, it will be the first helicopter on another world and engineers and scientists are eagerly awaiting the results of the test flight, calling it Mars’ Wright Brother moment. Ingenuity might be the first, but it certainly won’t be the last. Work is underway on another off-planet helicopter named Dragonfly, with a plan to send it to Saturn’s moon Titan in 2027. So why helicopters? And what challenges must engineers overcome to fly on another world? We’ll speak with Mike Kinzel, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who’s working on the Dragonfly vehicle. Then, a space-based telescope has discovered a planet orbiting two suns. They’re called circumbinary planets and if we were on the surface, we’d see a sunset similar to the fictional home of Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. Our panel of expert scientists explain the phy...

27 minAUG 5
Comments
Out Of This World: Building Helicopters To Explore The Solar System

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.

27 minJUL 29
Comments
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.

27 minJUL 22
Comments
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.

27 minJUL 15
Comments
It’s The Summer Of Mars

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.

27 minJUL 8
Comments
The Deep Space Economy
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