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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 an...Show More

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Farewell, Opportunity

23:12 | Feb 15th

After 15 years, NASA has declared Opportunity’s mission complete. Earlier this week, the agency tried to contact the Mars rover one last. The rover had been radio silent since June. Designed to only spend 90 days exploring, the mission far exceeded e...Show More

Meet The Leader Of “The Mars Generation”

23:00 | Jan 11th

Abigail Harrison wants to be the first person on Mars, and she’s on a mission to inspire others to help with those efforts. That’s why she stated The Mars Generation, a non-profit dedicated to getting young people involved in STEM and space explorati...Show More

After 50 Years, Apollo 8’s “Earthrise” Continues To Inspire

18:28 | Dec 21st, 2018

Fifty years ago today, Frank Boreman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders launch from the Kennedy Space Center atop a Saturn V rocket on humanity’s first mission to the moon. The trio was the first to leave Earth’s orbit and see the Earth as a whole planet. T...Show More

What’s Ahead For NASA’s Martian Robot Geologist?

17:13 | Dec 4th, 2018

The red planet just go another robot inhabitant. NASA’s Mars InSight lander touched down on November 26 after a six month trip through our solar system. The mission aims to understand what’s going on UNDER the martian surface using a suite of geologi...Show More

Launching Rockets With The Air Force’s 45th Space Wing

21:10 | Nov 20th, 2018

Every rocket that launches from Cape Canaveral falls under the watchful eye of the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing. Headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base, the Wing is responsible for the safety of the rocket by monitoring thing like weather, and the sa...Show More

The Moon, Mars & Cowboy Hats: A Conversation With ULA’s Tory Bruno

21:30 | Oct 12th, 2018

Tory Bruno. His social media presence is almost as large as the rockets he launches. He’s the CEO of United Launch Alliance, the rocket giant responsible for Delta and Atlas rockets. Recently, ULA launched NASA’s Parker Solar Probe on a mission to to...Show More

Astronaut Chris Ferguson Ready To Return To Space

24:28 | Sep 21st, 2018

Chris Ferguson is a Boeing astronaut and soon he’ll command the first crewed mission of Boeing’s Starliner on a trip to the International Space Station. It’s a bit symbolic that Chris is heading back to space. As a NASA astronaut, he commanded the la...Show More

The Great Pluto Debate

25:33 | Sep 14th, 2018

The debate over Pluto’s planethood has been reinvigorated once again, thanks to a new paper co-authored by a University of Central Florida planetary scientist. Back in 2006, the International Astronomical Union adopted new classification rules. In or...Show More

NASA’s Next Generation Of Astronauts

17:23 | Aug 10th, 2018

Last week, NASA announced Commercial Crew mission assignments. The Commercial Crew program will launch astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011. NASA is doing it with private companies SpaceX and Boei...Show More

A Mission To Touch The Sun

23:47 | Aug 3rd, 2018

A spacecraft is about to launch on a mission to the sun, coming closer than any other spacecraft has ever come before and zooming through the solar system with mind-boggling speed. The Parker Solar Probe is being sent to our star to study its corona....Show More

Water On Mars

17:12 | Jul 27th, 2018

I’m sure you saw the headlines this week: “Water on Mars.” It’s a huge discovery on the red planet but what does it mean for our future exploration on Mars? A study published this week in Science unveiled the discovery of the possibility of an underg...Show More

Now Is A Great Time To Check Out Mars

21:43 | Jul 16th, 2018

Like all planets, the Earth and Mars orbit the sun but they do it at different speeds. Earth orbits about twice as fast as Mars, so every two years or so, they catch up to each other. The Mars Opposition is happening at the end of this month. That me...Show More

Trouble On The HI-SEAS

19:13 | Jul 6th, 2018

A simulated Mars mission was cut short earlier this year after a crew member was injured. Just what happened in the fake Mars habitat in Hawaii and what does that mean for future experiments? Last year we spoke with a participant in the HI-SEAS exper...Show More

Bringing Gemini Home: Programming Re-entry

23:37 | Jun 27th, 2018

In the 1960s, it was up to programmers like Alice Schmidt to help bring Gemini capsules safely home. Schmidt was a member of an IBM programming team hired by NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center to analyze re-entry trajectories and guidance navigation t...Show More

Humans To Mars Summit

22:30 | May 11th, 2018

The Humans to Mars Summit wrapped up this week in Washington, D.C. It’s a yearly meeting of the minds to chat all things Mars and what it’s going to take to get people there. It included panels of folks talking all things space from mission architect...Show More

Planning A Trip To Mars

24:15 | May 4th, 2018

NASA is poised to launch a robotic geologist to Mars. Before it blasts off, what goes into planning that trip? Caley Burke is a Trajectory Analyst for NASA’s Launch Services Program. Her job is to map out InSight’s trip to Mars. She joins us va Skype...Show More

To Pluto And Beyond!

20:45 | Apr 27th, 2018

Where were you when you first saw Pluto? The New Horizons flyby back in the summer of 2015 had all eyes on the deep spacecraft exploring the outermost parts of our solar system. New Horizons launched in 2006 but it was years in the making, and it was...Show More

Searching For Alien Worlds

18:09 | Apr 10th, 2018

A new space telescope will help scientists identify alien worlds. NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, launches on a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Space Coast. Once in space, it will look for planets outside our solar system by obs...Show More

The Space Barons

19:40 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Paul Allen. Our guest calls them the space barons. Washington Post reporter Christian Davenport interviewed the four space entrepreneurs for his book “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to C...Show More

Designing A Mission Patch

24:29 | Mar 21st, 2018

To celebrate the second year of the podcast “Are We There Yet?”, we commissioned designer Tim Gagnon to create a mission patch. Gagnon has designed mission patches for NASA since the shuttle days and joins the program to talk about how these space co...Show More

What’s Ahead For Space Exploration In Florida?

1:21:00 | Mar 16th, 2018

Florida’s Space Coast is roaring back to life. Nearly a decade after the shuttle was retired, we’re on the brink of a new age of space exploration that leverages commercial and academic partnerships to send humans farther into the solar system than e...Show More

Astronaut Story Musgrave Talks Imagination And Ingenuity

15:00 | Mar 2nd, 2018

There has only been one person who has flown on all five space shuttles. His name is Story Musgrave. He’s been to space six times. Musgrave led the team that serviced the Hubble space telescope in orbit, fixing a flaw in the $1.5 billion observatory ...Show More

Hunting For Exoplanets

18:10 | Feb 23rd, 2018

You’ve probably heard about exoplanets, right? They’re planets that live outside of our solar system. The Kepler spacecraft has identified thousands of these things, and some of those planets it discovered are similar to Earth and reside in a zone ar...Show More

Tracking Rockets

23:00 | Feb 9th, 2018

I’m sure you’ve watch rocket launches on TV or streaming, right? You know those tight shots that follow the rocket into space and in SpaceX’s case the ones that follow them back down to earth? Well, someone like Rick Wetherington is responsible for t...Show More

Exciting Year Ahead For Space Exploration

58:23 | Jan 5th, 2018

There’s a bunch of exciting space exploration mission slated for 2018. From SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy to NASA’s next Mars lander, space enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to in the new year. Chris Gebhardt,‘s managing editor, join...Show More

Life On The HI-SEAS

19:38 | Dec 15th, 2017

Before we send humans to Mars, it’s probably a smart idea to do a few test runs first, right? That’s what analogs are for. They’re a great way to test the human aspect of space exploration. HI-SEAS is one of those analogs. The ‘Hawai’i Space Explorat...Show More

Curiosity’s Drill Broke. Now what?

15:00 | Dec 5th, 2017

Last year, Curiosity’s drill broke. The Mars rover had used the drill to acquire sample material from Martian rocks 15 times so far. But a sensor that monitors the amount of force used on the arm that hold the drill failed. That means Curiousity can’...Show More

After Scott Kelly’s Year In Space, What’s Next?

17:00 | Nov 22nd, 2017

As scientist continue to sift through all that data from Scott Kelly’s year in space, the next generation of astronauts are beginning to look to longer missions in deep space and more extreme environments like the surface of Mars. So what is next? Wh...Show More

Scott Kelly’s Year In Space

13:00 | Nov 2nd, 2017

If we’re going to go to Mars, we’re going to have to figure out how to live in space for a really long time. NASA ran an experiment on astronauts and twins Scott and Mark Kelly. They sent Scott up in space for nearly a year, and kept Mark on earth to...Show More

Chasing Triton: A Night On NASA’s SOFIA Aerial Observatory

23:15 | Oct 13th, 2017

When it comes to taking a clear picture of the sky it helps to be isolated. That’s why astronomers have telescopes in remote locationsaway from light pollution and at a high altitude. But sometimes ground based telescopes aren’t enough. There’s a han...Show More

Musk Updates Mars Plans, Pence Sends US To The Moon

25:45 | Oct 6th, 2017

Elon Musk has a new plan for Mars. The SpaceX founder unveiled his updated vision for Mars and more at this year’s International Astronautical Conference. It’s a bit more scaled down than before but still ambitious, in true Elon fashion. And just thi...Show More

Web Series Explores What It Takes To Become An Astronaut

19:00 | Sep 26th, 2017

What does it take to become an astronaut? That’s the question Loren Grush asked ahead of the production of the new web series “Space Craft.” Loren is The Verge’s space reporter and host of the new web series that explores the tech and training taking...Show More

Building A Mobile Launch Pad

11:30 | Aug 22nd, 2017

The building of NASA’s SLS rocket starts on the Mobile Launcher. It’s a giant piece of machinery that is towed into the Vehicle Assemble Building. When the rocket is ready for launch, it’s towed across Kennedy Space Center to the pad. This is the way...Show More

Piecing Together A Rocket Inside The Vehicle Assembly Building

19:00 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Before NASA can launch its next big rocket, the Space Launch System, it has to put it together. That happens in the Vehicle Assembly Building. The VAB is this gigantic building that towers over everything at Kennedy Space Center. It’s been home to t...Show More

Launching NASA’s Next Big Rocket

21:00 | Jul 7th, 2017

NASA is in the process of developing a rocket system that will take humans past low-earth orbit and into deep space. Astronauts will explore places like cis-lunar space, or maybe even Mars, from the safety of the Orion space capsule. To blast that pi...Show More

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

19:00 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Listen to the podcast episode by clicking on the audio player above. Buzz Aldrin is obsessed with Mars. 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. The B...Show More

On The Way To An Asteroid

29:30 | Jun 2nd, 2017

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 ...Show More

First “Space Painter” Inspires With Art

20:30 | May 18th, 2017

Nicole Stott calls herself the Artistic Astronaut — and for good reason. She’s the first person to paint in space. Stott was in the NASA astronaut corp and flew in space for over 100 days, flying on shuttle and spending time on the International Spa...Show More

How To Survive On Mars

1:16:15 | May 12th, 2017

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. That’s why researchers and engineers are developing the technology that w...Show More

How To Land A Rocket Booster

21:00 | Apr 27th, 2017

SpaceX successful launched and landed a “flight proven” rocket booster, the second time this particular booster has seen action and making space flight history. It’s an important step in the company’s effort to utilize rocket re-usability to lower th...Show More

What To Do With Space Waste?

14:29 | Apr 14th, 2017

A few months ago, NASA asked the internet for ideas on how to deal with poop and pee inside a flight suit. You see, astronauts need to wear a spacesuit during launch and when the return back to earth. It’s kinda like it’s own little spacecraft — pres...Show More

How A Recycled Rocket Will Take Us To Mars

29:12 | Apr 5th, 2017

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. “This was really the first time that whole, complete roc...Show More

Mars Landing Sites & CubeSat Planetary Exploration

22:30 | Mar 29th, 2017

The 48th Lunar and Planetary Science conference wrapped up last week in The Woodlands, Texas. The annual meeting connected specialists from all sorts of Earth and planetary fields like geology, astronomy and geochemistry to talk about what’s ahead fo...Show More

The Sights And Smells Of Space Travel

20:00 | Mar 21st, 2017

Bruce Melnick has been to space twice. Once on Space Shuttle Discovery and again on Endeavor’s’ first flight. Now, he spends his days talking to folks at the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor complex about his time as an astronaut and what it’s like to ...Show More

Explosions & Parachutes: Slowing Down Orion

16:59 | Mar 14th, 2017

Brian Anderson has a tough job. He has to make a 20,000 pound spacecraft traveling at 300 miles per hour slow down and safely splash down in the ocean. Brian is the Orion Parachute Deputy Project Manager and engineers the parachutes that deploy durin...Show More

The Next Space Race?

26:30 | Mar 3rd, 2017

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. The trip would be a free-return trip around the moon with SpaceX’s Dragon capsule which s b...Show More

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

24:30 | Feb 23rd, 2017

To crew, or not to crew, that is the question. Well, that’s the question NASA’s acting director Robert Lightfoot is proposing for the next Orion mission. Orion is NASA’s next human spacecraft that will take astronauts beyond low earth orbit into deep...Show More

Martian Farmers

21:30 | Feb 6th, 2017

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. Last episode, we learned about NASA’s Veggie experiment. Another experiment, the Advanced Plant Habitat, is heading...Show More

Farming In Space

18:30 | Jan 27th, 2017

Astronauts on the International Space Station are growing their own food. NASA’s Veggie experiment is figuring out how space travelers can have some of the comforts of home, like lettuce and cabbage, while also working to create a sustainable food so...Show More

President Trump’s Space Policy

27:41 | Jan 20th, 2017

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? The Planetary Society’s Director of Space Policy Casey Dreie...Show More

Put A Ring On It

25:34 | Jan 13th, 2017

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. Now, the spacecraft is entering it’s final phase before crashing into the ...Show More

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

24:02 | Jan 6th, 2017

George Takei is best known for his role as Sulu, helmsmen on the USS Enterprise during the show Star Trek. While the show only lasted 3 seasons, its legacy lives on, spawning multiple shows and movies within the franchise. Today, Takei is an advocate...Show More

The Glass Universe: How Harvard Women Measured The Stars

17:00 | Dec 16th, 2016

‘The Glass Universe’ explores how the women of Harvard Observatory in 1890 broke through the gender barrier and revolutionized the way astronomers observe the night sky. Dava Sobel is a former New York Times science reporter and longtime contributor ...Show More

The Everyday Astronaut

27:00 | Dec 9th, 2016

It started with a space suit, a bit of imagination and a near-death experience. After photographer Tim Dodd impulsively bought an old Russian space suit, he became the everyday astronaut. Now, his photo series brings the magic, humor and human aspect...Show More

Have You Ever Seen (Through) The Rain?

21:35 | Dec 2nd, 2016

A fleet of 8 toaster-oven sized satellites are heading to orbit with the task of seeing through rain. NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System will measure wind speeds in the tropics to better understand cyclones and hurricanes. And it does ...Show More

I’m Gonna Be Sick

29:46 | Nov 18th, 2016

John French wants to make people throw up. But don’t worry, it’s for science! He’s a professor of Human Factors at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida. He’s studying motion sickness, and the effects it has on astronauts. To ...Show More

The Troubles With Spacecraft

15:00 | Nov 11th, 2016

Some troubling times for spacecraft around our solar systems over the past few weeks. Juno, the Jupiter orbiter, entered safe mode after engine troubles. And the ExoMars lander crashed hard onto the martian surface. But there’s much to be learned in ...Show More

National Geographic Explores Mars Mission

19:30 | Nov 4th, 2016

If you picked up this month’s copy of National Geographic, you’ll see a composite photo of Mars, taken by India’s Mars Orbiter Mission Probe. It’s a sneak peak at what’s to come this month from National Geographic: an in-depth look at colonizing the ...Show More

James Webb Is Seein’ Red

18:00 | Oct 28th, 2016

We’re about to see things in the universe never before seen. The James Webb Space Telescope is huge and it’s going to give us a peek at things from a perspective we haven’t seen before. The Webb as the call it will look at objects in the universe unf...Show More

From Moonshot To Mars: A History Lesson

31:50 | Oct 21st, 2016

John F. Kennedy’s speech sent the U.S. on a moonshot and by the end of the decade, just as he said, we put men on the moon. Now, we’re looking to Mars as our next moon-shot with visionaries like NASA’s Charlie Bolden and SpaceX’s Elon Musk promising ...Show More

I Feel Mars. Move. Under My Feet

25:00 | Oct 14th, 2016

Did you know there are earthquakes on Mars. Or would you call them Mars-quakes? Bruce Banerdt wants to study the seismic activity on Mars. To do that, he’s leading the Mars InSight mission — it’s a lander heading to the red planet in 2018. The missio...Show More

Musk, Mars & Battlestar Galactica

29:00 | Sep 30th, 2016

Elon Musk wants to go to Mars. The SpaceX founder and multi-planetary visionary outlined his plan to colonize Mars at a talk at the International Astronautical Congress.His plan included an interplanetary space ship system capable of taking people by...Show More

We Are V.R.

20:13 | Sep 23rd, 2016

What’s it like to walk on Mars? I’m sure if you listen to this podcast you’ve at least thought about that question. Thanks to Microsoft’s HoloLens, and the incredible engineers over at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, you can now experience what it’s like ...Show More

The Renegades Of Research & Development

29:00 | Sep 16th, 2016

At the Kennedy Space Center, there’s a groups of scientists and engineers that think outside the box when it comes building the tools that will one day take us to Mars. I’m calling them the Renegades of Research and Development — but they call themse...Show More

Commander Hadfield, Space Oddity

25:30 | Sep 12th, 2016

Commander Chris Hadfield has been to space three times. On the Shuttle twice, and he served as Commander on the International Space Station. He was the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space and produced a rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity f...Show More

To Bennu & Back

25:30 | Sep 2nd, 2016

NASA and its academic partners are about to do something they’ve never done before: launch a spacecraft, rendezvous with an asteroid, collect a sample of regolith, or dust, from the surface and return it to Earth. OSIRIS-REx is set to launch from Flo...Show More

Just A Hop, Skip And A Parsec Away

17:30 | Aug 26th, 2016

You’ve probably already heard by now, but scientists just discovered an exoplanet that might be like Earth. It’s pretty close, too — only about a parsec, or 4 light years away. Observers discovered it by noticing a wobble in the star Proxima Centari....Show More

The Case Of The Missing T-Cells

22:44 | Aug 19th, 2016

We talk a lot about the hardware that’s going to get us to Mars, but the most important things about human spaceflight is, well, humans! There’s a lot of research going into the impact space travel has on the body. Just think back to Scott Kelly’s ye...Show More

Fly Me To The Moon

26:30 | Aug 12th, 2016

Moon Express is a startup company competing for Google’s Lunar XPRIZE. That’s a prize of at least $15 million to the first private company to make it to the moon. But Moon Express doesn’t have their eyes set on just the prize — they want to mine valu...Show More

The First Martians

19:50 | Aug 5th, 2016

On this podcast we’ve been focusing a lot on the technology of space exploration. We talked to rocket engineers, scientists, designers. But the ultimate goal of Martian exploration is to colonize the planet — and while all this technology is imperati...Show More

How Did We Get Here?

26:25 | Jul 29th, 2016

You know, most of the time on this podcast we’re looking forward. We’re looking to the future — at all the neat stuff that’s going to get us to Mars. While this podcast asks the question “are we there yet?”, Jason Davis thinks it’s an equally importa...Show More

They See Me Rovin’

17:03 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Before we send humans to Mars, we’re exploring the red planet with rovers. We talked a bit about Mars 2020, the next martian rover, in an earlier episode of this podcast. But I want to revisit that… And that’s because NASA reached a critical milesto...Show More

Baby Got Boosters

21:23 | Jul 15th, 2016

NASA wants to head to Mars. To do that, they’re developing a brand new rocket called the Space Launch System, or SLS. It’s a rocket, but it’s borrowing some parts for the Space Shuttle. The main engines on SLS, for example, are the RS-25 engines used...Show More

Thirsty? Urine Luck.

17:05 | Jul 6th, 2016

If we’re going to go on a long-duration mission like one to Mars we’re going to need a few essentials. Fuel, food and water. All this stuff takes up mass. And mass requires fuel to get it from Earth into space. So what if we could recycle some of the...Show More

What ‘Chu Know About Juno?

18:37 | Jun 22nd, 2016

It’s been five years since Juno launched from Cape Canaveral heading to Jupiter. Once it enters its polar orbit, we’re going to learn so much about the make-up of our solar system’s largest planet, as well as key scientific findings that will help us...Show More

If You Build It…

21:50 | Jun 9th, 2016

If we’re going to work and live on Mars, we need a place to live, right? There are all sorts of plans to bring habitats with us — something like an inflatable habitat. That’s great and all, but you need to get it there. And extra mass means extra fue...Show More

Planning A Mars Base Camp

28:54 | May 27th, 2016

Tony Antonelli spent 24 days in space as a shuttle pilot, working on building the International Space Station. Now, he’s the chief technologist for Lockheed Martin’s civil exploration division. And he’s working on building the next space station, thi...Show More

We’re On The Hunt For Exoplanets

24:45 | May 20th, 2016

NASA’s Kepler telescope discovered 1,284 new planets outside our solar system. They’re called exoplanets and the total count is now more than 3,000 confirmed planets. The hunt is on for what we call ‘Goldilocks’ planets. Planets that aren’t too hot, ...Show More

Becoming ‘At Home In Space’

23:12 | May 9th, 2016

Remember going on road trips as a kid – all cooped up in a car for what seemed like forever? Were you like me? Did you have an annoying little brother to deal with? Did you miss your friends from home while you were away? Well, imagine being cooped u...Show More

You’ve Got To Have A Plan

19:51 | May 2nd, 2016

It was a good news/bad news week when it comes to Mars exploration. On one hand, SpaceX announced plans to launch a Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018. On the other, NASA scaled back funding for a critical landing demonstration needed for a M...Show More

Kicking Rockets To The Curb?

18:16 | Apr 25th, 2016

Every space exploration mission begins with a countdown. The clock hits zero, the rocket launches and heads to space. Rockets are big. They need to be. They’ve got to hold a massive amount of fuel to produce enough thrust to escape Earth’s gravity. A...Show More

A Deep Space Rescue Mission, Mars 2020 & More Pluto Pics

20:48 | Apr 18th, 2016

What happens when there’s an emergency on a spacecraft 75 million miles away? Operators of the Kepler deep space telescope ran into that problem recently when a scheduled check-in proved to be a bit more difficult than expected. Kepler is searching f...Show More

Batteries Not Included

21:16 | Apr 11th, 2016

Exploring space is a lot like camping — you need to bring everything with you. And that includes power. I did some reporting on a shortage of a vital resource to provide power in space when solar panels just won’t work. We’ll talk to one NASA scienti...Show More

Some Assembly Required

22:59 | Apr 4th, 2016

On the last episode of this podcast, we talked with Stu McClung, an engineer working on the Orion space capsule. If you remember, this is the capsule that’s going to take humans into deep space. The interesting thing about the Orion capsule is that i...Show More

Building A Deep Space Capsule

26:24 | Mar 20th, 2016

Listen by clicking on play button above, on the WMFE mobile app, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or RSS Feed. If we’re going to go to Mars, we’re going to need a new spacecraft. That’s what NASA’s Orion capsule is for. It looks like t...Show More

Red Rover, Red Rover

18:23 | Mar 15th, 2016

Listen by clicking on play button above, on the WMFE mobile app, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or RSS Feed. Before we send humans to new worlds, we’re sending robots first. Currently, there are two rovers exploring the surface of Ma...Show More

The Martian

20:05 | Mar 14th, 2016

Listen by clicking on play button above, on the WMFE mobile app, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or RSS Feed. We’re going to Mars. Not right now, but soon. There’s a lot of work that goes into sending humans to a completely different ...Show More