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Are We There Yet?

393 episodes - English - Latest episode: 26 days ago - ★★★★ - 346 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.

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Mystery lunar domes and missing moon trees

June 25, 2024 21:02 - 28 minutes

Scientists are sending instruments to the moon to explore unique domes similar to ones on Earth, but how they were made is a mystery. Plus, one man is trying to save and document moon trees, seedlings sent to orbit the moon that now are scattered across the country.

Another Starliner delay and an update from Mars

June 18, 2024 21:29 - 28 minutes

After helium and thruster malfunctions, Boeing’s Starliner has been delayed once again, with the crew still on the International Space Station. Plus, the rovers on Mars have been hard at work drilling on the red planet to find answers to how and why water flowed abundantly on Mars in the past.

The future of Hubble and a mission to Saturn’s moon Titan

June 11, 2024 21:24 - 28 minutes

For over three decades, the Hubble Space Telescope has remained in low earth orbit sending images to Earth for scientific research. But now, the telescope is starting to show signs of its age. Plus, a look at a new mission is headed far into our solar system to study one of Saturn’s moons.

‘Challenger’ takes a new look at the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster

June 04, 2024 22:17 - 28 minutes

Author and journalist Adam Higginbotham and his new book Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space explores the events that led up to the disaster in 1986.

Mini moon rovers and communicating in deep space

May 30, 2024 00:40 - 28 minutes

A trio of mini moon rovers will launch to the moon later this year and an Italian space company is trying to communicate farther into space than ever before with new transponders and satellites.

Saving the Space Coast’s future and past from rising water

May 21, 2024 22:00 - 28 minutes

On the space coast, engineers and anthropologists are trying to combat rising sea levels that threaten to wash away launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center and thousands-years-old village sites in the Indian River Lagoon.

Space Kids Global heads to space and a mission to Venus is back on track

May 07, 2024 21:38 - 28 minutes

Space Kids Global is inspiring the next generation of space enthusiasts and scientists are preparing to study the hottest planet in our solar system.

Curious Space and Starliner’s first crewed mission

April 30, 2024 21:17 - 28 minutes

Young space enthusiasts are asking an astronaut their burning questions about space exploration.

Exomoons and lunar cameras

April 23, 2024 20:47 - 28 minutes

Scientists and astronomers are on the search for moons outside our solar system. Meanwhile, NASA and Nikon are working on a new camera designed to withstand our own moon’s environment.

Space bites

April 16, 2024 20:55 - 28 minutes

Space food scientist Vickie Kloeris, speaks about her new book Space Bites, a memoir of her career with NASA preparing food for orbit.

The future of pharmaceuticals in space

April 09, 2024 21:23 - 28 minutes

Varda Space Industries is working on pharmaceutical research in space that could help produce HIV therapy drugs at a much lower cost.

Sun science during a solar eclipse

April 02, 2024 19:10 - 28 minutes

Viewers across the country are gearing up for the upcoming solar eclipse, and scientists are using this time to launch rockets into the skies – for science!

Exploring the women of U.S. space exploration

March 26, 2024 21:22 - 28 minutes

It’s Women’s history month and ‘Are We There Yet?’ is exploring the women that made history in space with Wendy Lawrence, a veteran NASA Astronaut.

Starship’s success and the Space Coast celebrates a launch icon

March 19, 2024 21:37 - 28 minutes

In Texas, Starship’s third orbital test flight was a win for SpaceX. Here in Florida, the Space Coast is celebrating the life of Robert Osband.

Starship, take three

March 12, 2024 19:45 - 28 minutes

SpaceX is launching its third orbital test flight off Starship. How high are the stakes? Plus, a glimpse into the history of women in the space program and the fight for female astronauts.

Stuck on Mars

March 05, 2024 20:53 - 28 minutes

As NASA explores human isolation on other planets, the agency’s plan to return Mars rocks to Earth is in limbo.

Astronaut Winston Scott’s journey to space

February 27, 2024 21:30 - 28 minutes

Former NASA astronaut Winston Scott shared his academic journey that brought him to space and his hope for the future of space exploration.

Weather satellites in space and humans on Mars

February 20, 2024 22:45 - 28 minutes

A new satellite will track things like hurricanes and volcanoes from space. Plus, a conversation with the Walkabout the Galaxy podcast hosts Josh Colwell, Audrey Martin and Jim Cooney about humans on Mars.

Observatories on the moon and art that reaches orbit

February 13, 2024 21:38 - 28 minutes

New technology on the moon and a space art competition that highlights the importance of space.

Space science gets microscopic

February 08, 2024 14:01 - 28 minutes

Plankton and staph bacteria are being studied in space to help keep humans and our oceans safe.

A new space race and dust from an ancient asteroid

January 30, 2024 23:30 - 28 minutes

The Congressional response to Artemis delays and looking at ancient space rock samples.

A new moon of excitement and rovers on the red planet

January 23, 2024 21:00 - 28 minutes

With upcoming moon missions, scientists have been eager to study the lunar surface. Rovers on Mars continue to find evidence that water once flowed on the dusty planet.

Growing plants and human tissue in space

January 16, 2024 21:05 - 28 minutes

NASA scientists are growing crops in orbit to see how plants are affected by the space environment and Redwire scientists are 3D printing tissue in space.

Veteran astronauts find new missions in writing

January 09, 2024 23:20 - 28 minutes

Veteran astronauts Chris Hadfield and Tom Jones use writing to tell stories about space exploration.

A tale of two telescopes

December 27, 2023 01:50 - 28 minutes

Two telescopes have captured images that led scientists to a better understanding of our universe and our place in it.

Talking to whales and searching for life in the universe

December 19, 2023 23:15 - 28 minutes

Researchers are looking to nonverbal communication to find life within our universe, and we may be closer to knowing if aliens do exist.

A virtual space tourism launch and new space station plans

December 12, 2023 23:00 - 28 minutes

Guests at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex can blast off into space without leaving the ground and Vast is creating a new space station.

Buzz in the commercial space industry

December 06, 2023 04:48 - 28 minutes

A glimpse into some of the recent space news and how Space Florida plans to grow the aerospace industry.

SETI searches for extraterrestrial life and scientists probe beneath planetary surfaces

November 28, 2023 21:00 - 28 minutes

Are we alone in the Universe? The SETI Institute is working to answer that question.

Flying cars and a glimpse into the life of a stranded cosmonaut

November 21, 2023 21:00 - 28 minutes

NASA is working on technology to develop air taxis, bringing humanity one step closer to living like The Jetsons.

Relativity Space continues its 3D-printed rocket development and rovers take a 'Mars-cation'

November 15, 2023 17:28 - 28 minutes

We'll get an update on Relativity Space's efforts to build its Terran R vehicle. Plus, why the Mars rovers are on vacation.

NASA's planetary defenders track potentially harmful asteroids

November 07, 2023 21:00 - 28 minutes

Tracking the threat of asteroids before they get too close and a look at a book chronicling the first U.S. women astronauts.

Are we spooked yet? A creepy tour of the cosmos on this Halloween

October 31, 2023 20:00 - 28 minutes

In the cosmos many eerie mysteries await us. From the haunting specter of stars from the past to super massive black holes lurking in the depths of the universe.

From 'water bears' to orbital workouts. Here's how NASA is preparing humans for long-duration missions

October 24, 2023 20:00 - 28 minutes

Animals have been a part of NASA's research for generations. What scientists learn about them can help humans spend more time in space.

Can life exist on a planet without a surface?

October 17, 2023 20:00 - 28 minutes

Can life exist on a planet without a surface? Plus, a look at new evidence from the Webb Space Telescope about galactic evolution.

Scientists psyched about mission to metal-rich asteroid Psyche

October 10, 2023 20:00 - 28 minutes

NASA scientists can't wait to launch a probe to the metal-rich asteroid Psyche. Its findings could uncover how our own planet formed.

The commercial space world is over the moon about lunar exploration

October 03, 2023 16:00 - 28 minutes

The upcoming Artemis missions have grabbed the attention of the nation — and the commercial space sector. Plus, a look at how a NASA engineer honors his Native American heritage with his work.

The space dust has landed! Here's why scientists are so eager to examine asteroid dirt

September 26, 2023 18:55 - 28 minutes

A capsule of space dust arrived on Earth from an asteroid hundreds of millions of miles away, and scientist can't wait to start analyzing the sample. Plus, Firefly Aerospace discusses efforts to launch a rocket in record time.

Once again, phosphine spotted in the clouds of Venus. Could this mean life on another planet?

September 19, 2023 18:41 - 28 minutes

Signs of phosphine were detected in the atmosphere of Venus alluding to signs of life on the hot planet. Plus, a new era of moon exploration has started.

'The Six' explores the stories and impact of NASA's first female astronauts

September 12, 2023 18:58 - 28 minutes

A new book by space journalist Loren Grush dives into the stories of the first female astronauts. Plus, a look at the new decadal survey outlining the next 10 years of space exploration.

Martian sounds create music and melodies in new science-inspired symphony

September 05, 2023 14:45 - 28 minutes

Sound that is collected by tiny microphones are being used to understand Martian life and create musical symphonies.

John Shoffner flew to space on a commercial spaceflight. His new mission is to inspire a new generation of space travelers

August 29, 2023 16:00 - 28 minutes

John Shoffner is working to inspire the next generation of astronauts to follow in his path. We also eplore the theoretical existence of white holes.

A tale of two climates. Tracking climate change on Earth and on Mars

August 22, 2023 16:00 - 28 minutes

Scientists are working to understand climate change both here on Earth and on Mars. On Earth, these warmer temperatures are part of human-driven climate change. On Mars, understaning the planet's climate history is helping scientists uncover the possibility past life.

NASA Chefs prepare food good enough to send you into orbit

August 15, 2023 16:59 - 28 minutes

Cooking for astronauts, space news around the world and a conversation with NASA astronaut Woody Hoburg.

How artificial gravity and a giant telescope may change space exploration

August 07, 2023 15:31 - 28 minutes

The Vast aerospace company is creating a space station with artificial gravity. We'll hear why gravity is a good thing in space exploration. Plus, a giant telescope will launch within the decade that could capture images of planets outside of our own solar system.

A space for artistic inspiration with veteran astronaut Nicole Stott

August 01, 2023 18:52 - 28 minutes

Sending art into orbit. Veteran astronaut Nicole Stott talks about her Space for Art Foundation and fields questions from kids at a live taping Friday from the Orlando Science Center.

Sierra Space's new Dream Chaser hopes to bring people into orbit

July 25, 2023 19:06 - 28 minutes

Sierra Space plans to launch humans on the company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft. NASA’s Perseverance rover found evidence of organic molecules on Mars.

Asteroid dust returning to Earth could explain the origin of life

July 18, 2023 15:27 - 28 minutes

What do scientists hope to learn from a sample of asteroid dust from NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission? Plus, a look at the public's reaction to one year of Webb Telescope images.

Ripples in the cosmos: What we're learning from gravitational waves

July 11, 2023 17:25 - 28 minutes

Scientists have observed more ripples in the fabric of space-time, in the form of gravitational waves. The most recent discovery appears to be supermassive black holes on a collision course.

OceanGate disaster puts spotlight on high-risk tourism, including space

June 27, 2023 19:22 - 28 minutes

The catastrophic implosion of a submersible visiting wreckage of the Titanic that left all five people on board dead is raising questions about regulation in the high-risk tourism industry, including space.

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