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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 astro… read more

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Buzz in the commercial space industry

December 6th, 2023


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 28th, 2023


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 21st, 2023


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 15th, 2023


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 7th, 2023


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 31st, 2023


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 …

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

October 24th, 2023


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 17th, 2023


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 10th, 2023


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 3rd, 2023


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 26th, 2023


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. …

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

September 19th, 2023


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 12th, 2023


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 5th, 2023


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 29th, 2023


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 22nd, 2023


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 …

NASA Chefs prepare food good enough to send you into orbit

August 15th, 2023


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 7th, 2023


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 …

A space for artistic inspiration with veteran astronaut Nicole Stott

August 1st, 2023


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

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

July 25th, 2023


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 18th, 2023


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 11th, 2023


Scientists have observed more ripples in the fabric of space-time, in the form of gravitational waves. The most recent discovery appears to be …

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

June 27th, 2023


The catastrophic implosion of a submersible visiting wreckage of the Titanic that left all five people on board dead is raising questions about …

Sun science on the summer solstice and how Mars rocks get their names

June 20th, 2023


We dig into the science of the sun as we approach the summer solstice. Plus, a look at how rocks on Mars get their names.

From malware to barf, dealing with the nasty side of space exploration

June 13th, 2023


A security company found malware on an unnamed aerospace company's computers — what's the risk for the industry at large? And kids ask question about puking in space.

Space-flown seeds take root in orbit, NASA's UAP interest, and Florida gets STARCOM

June 6th, 2023


Seeds adapt to grow in the harsh environment of space. Do they pass along these changes to the next generation? Researchers hope to soon find out.

Private space station astronaut John Shoffner speaks with WMFE from orbit

May 30th, 2023


Astronaut and Ax-2 mission pilot John Shoffner speaks with WMFE from orbit about art, food, and the future of commercial space travel.

"Unfolding the Universe" brings new perspective to Webb telescope images

May 23rd, 2023


At the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, a new exhibit gives patrons a new way to view and interact with images from the Webb Space Telescope.

"When The Heavens Went On Sale"

May 16th, 2023


Author Ashlee Vance's new book explores the people and companies reshaping the commercial space industry.

Can we make food from CO2? On Mars?

May 9th, 2023


Carbon dioxide is generally a bad thing when it comes to space travel. But what if you could harness it for good?

A conversation with commercial space pilot John Shoffner

May 2nd, 2023


Shoffner is piloting the SpaceX Crew Dragon that will carry Axiom Space's second private space mission to the International Space Station

More private space missions mean more data on astronaut health

April 25th, 2023


A research institute is leveraging a surge in private space missions to collect critical data on how space travel affects the human body

What's driving the private space economy?

April 11th, 2023


We'll hear from one investor in the private space sector on what's driving this industry upward despite economic uncertainty.

Artemis II: We have a crew

April 4th, 2023


NASA announced the next crew to head to the moon, the first in more than 50 years. Plus, a conversation with retired astronaut Eileen Collins.

Breaking down NASA's $27 billion budget proposal

March 28th, 2023


The proposal includes funding for NASA’s human missions like trips to the moon and maintenance of the International Space Station and science missions like a Mars sample return and probe heading to Venus.

A commercial mission to the far side of the moon

March 21st, 2023


Firefly Aerospace is flying a mission to the far side of the moon for NASA, paving the way for astronauts and other companies to explore the lunar surface. And, we'll talk about efforts to keep astronauts' brains sharp.

The history of women in the U.S. astronaut corps

March 14th, 2023


For Women's History Month, we revisit conversations chronicling the inclusion of female astronauts at NASA.

A 3D printed rocket could soon take flight. Where does it fit in to a growing launch market?

March 7th, 2023


Relativity Space plans to launch its first 3D printed rocket this week, joining a growing number of commercial launch companies. We'll hear from CEO Tim Ellis about the compnay's plans and industry analyst Caleb Henry …

SETI's search for ETs & NASA's new science chief

February 28th, 2023


The SETI Institue has been searing for extraterrestrial life for decades. Now, the organization is closer than ever to hearing from life outside our planet.

Measuring the sound of rockets & NSYNC's Lance Bass chronicles "The Last Soviet" in space

February 21st, 2023


NASA's Artemis I launch was really loud. That's according to new research by physicists hoping to better understand the behavior of rocket sounds. Plus, boy band superstar Lance Bass talks about his new podcast "The …

Starship & stitches: A look at SpaceX's Super Heavy test firing and the history of space mission patches

February 14th, 2023


SpaceX completed a critical test of its Super Heavy booster.'s Chris Gebhardt explains what's next for the massive vehicle that will take us to places like the moon and Mars? Plus, a look at this …

Mars updates: Percy's sample collection and the possibility of astronaut missions

February 7th, 2023


A look at the latest robotic explorer on Mars and a conversation about efforts to send humans to the red planet.

In the search for life in the universe, it's time to get nuclear

January 31st, 2023


As NASA develops nuclear thermal propulsion rockets for human exploration in our solar system, some astrobiologists say the technology could help us …

Oh the places we're going, for science!

January 25th, 2023


From missions to the moon, a heavy metal asteroid, and findings outside our solar system, it's going to be a busy year for space science.

The planet is getting hotter. Here's how NASA is measuring Earth's changing temperature

January 17th, 2023


Last year was the fifth warmest on record, according to new data released by NASA and the NOAA. How is NASA tracking out warming planet?

Neil deGrasse Tyson on the search for life outside our planet

January 10th, 2023


Is there life out there? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says the answer to that question could come from our own solar system.

Making space accessible for all

January 3rd, 2023


Fourteen disabled crew members took trip on a Zero-G flight, conducting research with the hope of making space accessible for all.

Inflatable space is bursting at the seams

December 20th, 2022


Inflatable habits could be the future of space exploration. But before they leave this planet, they have to explode.

Artemis I is back on Earth. What's next?

December 14th, 2022


NASA's newest moon mission appears to be a success. So what's next for the agency's lunar ambitions.

Seeing the clouds of Titan

December 6th, 2022


The Webb Space Telescope has captured weather on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn.

To the moon, for good?

November 30th, 2022


NASA's Artemis I mission is a big step in the agency's plans for permanent presence on the moon. Just how close is the agency to that goal, and what is left to be done?

From the moon to Mars

November 22nd, 2022

NASA's Artemis I mission has made it to the moon. We check in with the mission and preview what's ahead. Plus, the new documentary "Goodnight Oppy" chronicles a planned 90 day mission on Mars that lasted 15 years.

Artemis I, take three

November 15th, 2022

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 …

The Pillars of Creation in a brand new light

November 3rd, 2022

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

Zero G and I feel fine

October 26th, 2022

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

From the Space Shuttle to Starship

October 18th, 2022

A look at a new documentary which highlights the people behind the scenes that kept the Space Shuttle program flying. Plus, and update on SpaceX's Starship plans.

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

October 11th, 2022

People in the path of Hurricane Ian are still dealing with its aftermath. Before and during the storm, residents rely on forecasts from …

Six years of science: NASA's Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen reflects on his tenure as the agency's science cheif

October 6th, 2022

For the past six years, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen has led NASA’s science division. From the deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope to landing a robot on Mars, Dr. Z has been at the helm for some of NASA’s most complex …

The science of averting disasters. From asteroid impacts to severe storms due to climate change, NASA is on the case

September 27th, 2022

As Florida prepares for Hurricane Ian, NASA is hoping to deflect another natural disaster -- an asteroid.

From the moon to Mars: A look at an intriguing finding on Mars and NASA's plans for deep space exploration

September 20th, 2022

How will NASA's lunar missions help get humans to Mars? And a look at an intriguing finding by NASA's newest Martian explorer in the search for signs of ancient life on Mars.

Failure to launch: A look at the delays and possible fixes to NASA's Artemis I mission

September 13th, 2022

Two attempts to launch NASA’s new moon rocket SLS and deep space capsule Orion have been waived off -- facing a handful of issues including a …

NASA is heading back to the moon. These kids have some important questions

August 30th, 2022

NASA is heading back to the moon and some of our youngest listeners have some really important questions about the future of exploration.

NASA's next moon program Artemis takes flight next week. What sets this program apart from the Apollo missions?

August 23rd, 2022

A historian discusses how NASA's new moon missions differ from the Apollo flights of the 1960s and 70s. Plus, a look at the criticism of the Artemis …

Curiosity's decade of discovery on Mars

August 16th, 2022

A look back at Curiosity's decade of exploring Mars and what's ahead for the red planet rover. Plus, the Space Coast braces for at least 100,000 spectators as NASA launches Artemis I.

Space law -- it's complicated.

August 9th, 2022

As more countries and companies leave the planet, governing space is getting increasingly more complicated.

James Webb Space Telescope zooms in on other worlds & Planetary Radio's Mat Kaplan reflects on 20 years of hosting

August 2nd, 2022

How can the James Webb Space Telescope help us spot other Earth-like worlds? Plus, a conversation with Planetary Radio's Mat Kaplan about his two decades hosting the show.

Commercial space goes deep

July 26th, 2022

Commercial companies are setting ambitious goals and heading into deep space.

Oh the things we can see, thanks to JWST

July 19th, 2022

It’s been a week since the first James Webb Space Telescope images captivated scientists and the general public alike.

The big reveal: NASA drops stunning first images from James Webb Space Telescope

July 12th, 2022

They’re here. The first images from the James Webb Space Telescope are out, revealing thousands of ancient galaxies, nebulae, and a close-up look at …

'Escaping Gravity': A conversation with NASA's former deputy administrator Lori Garver

July 5th, 2022

Lori Garver served as NASA deputy administrator, its second in command, during the Obama administration. It was a tumultuous time for the agency. The …

Protecting our planet for potential asteroid strikes

June 28th, 2022

Thursday marks World Asteroid Day, a U.N.-sanctioned campaign to raise awareness of the scientific opportunities, and planetary threats, posed by asteroids. So we’re taking this week’s episode to explore asteroids.

From a new space station to supply chain solutions, a check in with commercial space

June 21st, 2022

From filling the gap left by a retiring International Space Station to a possible solution to a unique supply chain issue, commercial space leaders …

More moon science: Researchers explore lunar magma domes and growing plants on the moon

June 14th, 2022

A team of researchers received approval for a $35 million dollar mission to the moon. The group will explore an uncharted portion of the moon, which …

For NASA's new moon-bound astronauts, it's time for some new suits

June 7th, 2022

NASA needs new space suits. The agency wants to put people back on the moon in the 2020s, and to do it safely, it needs brand new space suits for use on the lunar surface. NASA is working with two private companies to …

MegaCon, MegaRocket. The science of going back to the moon

May 31st, 2022

From MegaCon Orlando -- the science of NASA’s next moon missions.

The power of parachutes

May 24th, 2022

What’s it like plummeting from space and landing…alive? We'll talk with Inspiration4 astronaut Chris Sembroski about the power of parachutes and how …

Starliner's redo, part two. Plus, the story of Susan Borman, Apollo 8 commander's wife

May 17th, 2022

Boeing’s Starliner is set for yet another test mission, a critical step before NASA lets its astronauts fly to space in it. So what’s at stake for Boeing? And why is having two providers so important for NASA?

What's at the center of our galaxy?

May 10th, 2022

At the center of our galaxy lies a supermassive black hole. It’s a region of space where gravity is so strong nothing can escape it, not even light. …

A new chapter in commercial space & how Elon's Twitter buy might impact SpaceX

May 3rd, 2022

With the first all-private space mission in the books, what's ahead for the commercial space economy? Plus, a look at the impacts to SpaceX after found Elon Musk announced plans to buy Twitter.

The case for Uranus: Outlining the next decade of discovery

April 26th, 2022

Every 10 years, the National Academies submits a report, outlining what it thinks NASA should focus on when it comes to planetary science efforts. …

Catching up with NASA's administrator & keeping an eye on the planet's health

April 19th, 2022

It’s a busy week for space news. The first all-private crew is set to depart the space station after spending more than a week on board, a new crew of NASA astronauts is set to launch to the station this weekend, and …

Private space station missions, Amazon's big rocket buy and NASA's next budget. Here's a rundown of the latest space news stories

April 12th, 2022

It’s been a busy few weeks on the space beat. We’ll chat with Anthony Colangelo, he covers spaceflight and the aerospace industry on his podcast Main …

What it's like when black holes collide

April 5th, 2022

Some nine billion light years away, a pair of black holes are on a collision course. It’s a cosmic waltz that could come to an end in 10,000 years …

A new era of space science takes flight thanks to private civilian missions

March 29th, 2022

SpaceX is set to launch another crew of private astronauts from Kennedy Space Center, this time on a ten-day mission to the International Space Station. Researchers are taking advantage of the increased access to space …

NASA'S new moon rocket has left the building & UAE's Hope probe tracks a year of Martian weather

March 22nd, 2022

NASA’s mega-rocket the Space Launch System has left the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center and made its way to a launch pad, ahead of an uncrewed mission around the moon and back later this year. It’s the …

A Florida couple heads to space on Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft

March 15th, 2022

Next week, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is set to take 6 people to the edge of space and back. Central Florida married couple Sharon and Marc Hagle will be on the flight from West Texas. Sharon Hagle is the founder …

"Becoming Off-Worldly" & the hunt for moon water

March 8th, 2022

It seems like a lot more people are going to space these days. Commercial companies are not only sending NASA astronauts into space, they’re giving ordinary people with the right amount of cash the chance to fly in …

Can the U.S. and Russia partnership in space last despite growing tensions here on Earth?

March 1st, 2022

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia are high as the U.S. imposed strict sanctions in the wake of the Russian military’s invasion of Ukraine, but some 150 miles above Earth an important partnership between the U.S. and …

Taking art to new heights. A conversation with Dr. Sian Proctor about creating a space for inspiration

February 22nd, 2022

Dr. Sian Proctor was one of four civilians to head to space last year thanks to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. The mission called Inspiration 4 sent …

A year on Mars & the gift of space

February 15th, 2022

NASA’s Perseverance rover is celebrating one year on Mars. The robot explorer arrived last year after a seven month journey from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It’s on the hunt for evidence of ancient life on Mars and is …

"Alexa, take me to the moon."

February 8th, 2022

NASA’s Orion space capsule will soon head on a mission to the moon and back, launching from Kennedy Space Center later this year. There won’t be a …

A curious carbon finding on Mars & the long wait for James Webb Space Telescope's first science campaign

February 1st, 2022

This past year, all eyes have been on NASA’s Perseverance rover as it explores Mars during its first year on the red planet. But a robotic explorer that landed there nearly a decade ago has made a curious finding -- …

The great Pluto debate reignites once more

January 25th, 2022

Back in 2006, a science organization changed the classification of Pluto as a planet, sparking a debate in both the astronomical community and pop …

Tracking a changing climate on Earth and the robots exploring Mars

January 11th, 2022

NASA is focusing on climate change -- specifically, observing our changing climate from space. But NASA’s focus on climate isn’t new. It has been observing the Earth’s climate for more than 50 years.

Another year of space exploration

January 4th, 2022

It was a very busy year for space exploration. In 2021 we saw the arrival of three missions to Mars, multiple human launches -- from suborbital space …

Inside NASA's Mission Control Center with its longest-serving flight director Paul Dye

December 28th, 2021

NASA’s Mission Control Center is responsible for the safety of its astronauts and space hardware.It takes a special kind of person to take on that …

The James Webb Space Telescope takes flight

December 21st, 2021

After decades of development, the James Webb Space Telescope takes flight. Scientists have been thinking about this moment since the 1990s -- a new set of eyes that will see father into our universe than ever before.

New astronauts, new rockets

December 14th, 2021

Meet new astronaut candidate Luke Delaney and hear from "Main Engine Cut Off" host Anthony Colangelo about the new commercial rockets in development.

Biden's space agenda & the ethics of exploration

December 7th, 2021

What's ahead for space policy under a Biden administration? And how can we ethically explore space?

"A smashing good time": NASA plans to knock an asteroid out of orbit to learn how to save our planet from a future impact

November 23rd, 2021

NASA’s DART mission is set to launch tonight from Vandenberg in California, on a 10-month mission that ends when it smashes into a tiny rock in space. The spacecraft is part of NASA’ planetary defense plan -- figuring …

"Delusions of space enthusiasts." Neil deGrasse Tyson on balancing the ambitions of space exploration with the reality of global politics

November 16th, 2021

Astrophysicist, author and science communicator Neil deGrass Tyson says space enthusiasts are delusional. Exploration is aspirational, and the …

Lunar litigation, space tourism and the software driving NASA's SLS rocket to the moon

November 9th, 2021

Blue Origin sued NASA over its selection of SpaceX to build the agency's next moon lander. With the lawsuit behind it, what's ahead for NASA's Artemis program?

From Mars to Jupiter, the latest findings from the space probes exploring our solar system

November 2nd, 2021

NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars and Juno spacecraft at Jupiter are helping us better understand our solar system.

"Back to Earth": Astronaut Nicole Stott wants us to be better crew mates on spaceship Earth

October 26th, 2021

Astronaut Nicole Stott spent more than 100 days in space. Her view of the planet up there changed the way she thinks about it now that she’s down …

After SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission, Chris Sembroski is back on Earth

October 19th, 2021

Sembroski and the Inspiration4 crew are now back here on Earth. So what was the experience like? We’ll speak with Sembroksi about the mission and what’s next after leaving the planet.

NASA's next space station astronaut & Lucy's mission to the Trojan asteroids

October 12th, 2021

A crew of four is set to launch to the International Space Station at the end of the month, starting a six month mission on the orbiting lab. One of those astronauts is Kayla Barron and she tells us the first rocket …

Trouble Brewing At Blue Origin & The Search For Intergalactic Polluters

October 5th, 2021

Trouble brewing at Blue Original and the search for extraterrestrial life.

Can We Call The Inspiration4 Crew Astronauts?

September 21st, 2021

Looking back at Inspiration 4’s launch and the future of commercial astronauts.

Countdown To Inspiration4

September 14th, 2021

We’re just a day away from the launch window opening of SpaceX’s Inspiration-4 mission. It’s the first all-civilian space mission to orbit, taking four people on a three-day trip to space and back. It’s also unlike any …

Grounding Virgin Galactic & Documenting SpaceX's All-Civilian Mission

September 7th, 2021

An inside look at Virgin Galactic as the FAA investigates a recent "mishap" and a conversation with the photographer documenting the all-civilian SpaceX mission Inspiration4.

Civilian Space Science & Surviving Black Holes

August 31st, 2021

An all-civilian space mission is set to take flight in about two weeks. the crew of four will fly in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule mission on a three …

An Inside Look At SpaceX's Inspiration 4 Mission & What To Make Of A Galactic Arc

August 24th, 2021

It’s a new chapter in space flight history -- so how did we get here? Axios space reporter Miriam Kramer explores the mission’s origin and purpose in a new podcast for Axios. We’ll speak with her about her reporting and …

Fight & Flight: A Look At Blue Origin's Fight For A Lander Contract & SLS's New Flight Software

August 17th, 2021

Fight and flight -- the battle over NASA’s lunar lander and new software for the agency’s moon rocket.

Printing On The Moon & Black Hole Observations

August 10th, 2021

Can you print things on the moon? Redwire Space wants to find out using a 3D printer installed on the International Space Station.

A Soundtrack For Space & The Curious Case Of Dimming Stars

August 3rd, 2021

The soundtrack of space. From Gustov Holtz’s suite "The Planets" to Kubrick’s choice of "Blue Danube" in 2001: A Space Odyssey, certain pieces of …

Starliner's Redo & Measuring The Pulse Of Mars

July 27th, 2021

Boeing’s Starliner is set to launch on an uncrewed mission from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station later this week on a critical test mission to certify the vehicle to fly astronauts. It’s a redo of a …

A Space For All? How Will Space Tourism Shape Access To Space

July 20th, 2021

Billionaire Jeff Bezos has reached a life-long goal of flying in space. His company Blue Origin launched its first mission with passengers Tuesday morning from West Texas, ushering in a new era of private space tourism. …

A Countdown To Clean Clothes In Space

July 13th, 2021

Astronauts rarely get the comforts of home. Fresh food is scarce, a hot shower is unheard of, and they’re asked to wear their clothes multiple times …

10 Years Since Shuttle: A Look To The Past & Future

July 6th, 2021

On July 8, 2011, Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center, the final mission of the shuttle program. We’ll revisit the Space Shuttle program with …

Mercury Rising: John Glenn And The Space Race

June 29th, 2021

When we think of the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, we focus much on the Apollo program and the U.S. astronauts who crossed that …

NASA Investigates UFOS & Tiny Mars Mic Captures Big Sounds

June 22nd, 2021

Why NASA is joining the inquiry into Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP), how a tiny mic on Mars is beaming back bigs sounds and a profile of a launch photographer capturing rockets leaving the planet.

Space Tourism: Up There & Down Here

June 15th, 2021

A seat on Blue Origin’s first crewed New Shepard flight went for $28 million at auction. It marks the start of a new chapter of space tourism. So what’s the future of this burgeoning market?

We're Going To Venus

June 8th, 2021

NASA selected two missions to head to Venus by the end of the 2020s. VERITAS and DAVINCI+ will be the first U.S. mission to Venus in decades. So why study Venus?

Bringing Mars To Earth

June 2nd, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover is sending back some of the clearest and most dramatic images of the Martian surface ever. It landed earlier this year, and since then has been beaming back detailed panoramics, up close …

Decade of Discovery & Dating Stars

May 24th, 2021

Every 10 years, NASA tasks the science community to chart the course for the next decade of discovery and exploration. As NASA and other agencies push forward looking for signs of life in our universe, what’s the path …

The Next Space Telescope Will Peer Deep Into The Universe. Scientists Can't Wait To See What It Sees.

May 18th, 2021

The next space-based telescope is almost ready to head into orbit. The James Webb Space Telescope aims to look deeper into the history of the universe, piggy-backing off the incredible observations of the Hubble Space …

Interplanetary Helicopters & SOFIA's New Eyes

May 11th, 2021

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter had a Wright Brothers moment on Mars after performing the first powered flight on another planet. It’s the first in many planned helicopter missions to other worlds. So what are engineers …

NASA's Moon Mission Hardware: SLS Arrives, SpaceX Wins Lunar Landing Contract

May 4th, 2021

NASA’s next moon rocket has reached its final destination before launching from Kennedy Space Center. The massive 212-foot tall rocket will carry the …

Sleeping In Space & "Woman In Motion"

April 20th, 2021

Later this week, a new crew will launch to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center here in Florida. When the four astronauts arrive …

A Helicopter On Mars, Some Gas On Venus

April 13th, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover is hard at work, exploring Jezero crater since landing back in February. But the dune-buggy sized rover is about to get upstaged by a tiny helicopter.

Michio Kaku & The Quest For A Theory Of Everything

April 6th, 2021

Before he died, Einstein was working on a theory of everything. It aims to combine all the forces in the universe into one beautiful, mathematical …

Scientists Are Hunting For Alien Worlds Outside Our Solar System

March 30th, 2021

Scientists are on the hunt for exoplanets, planets that exist outside our solar system. So far, they’ve found thousands of planets orbiting other …

Celebrating Five Years Of WMFE's Space Exploration Podcast

March 23rd, 2021

This podcast and radio show is celebrating its five year anniversary. To celebrate this milestone event we invited frequent guests for a virtual …

Alien Evolution & A Civilian Space Mission

March 16th, 2021

At 10 years old, Hayley Arceneaux was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Now at age 29 she's a physician's assistant at St. Jude …

The Big Business Of Small Space Tech

March 9th, 2021

Small satellites plus small rockets equals big business.

The Early Days of SpaceX & Crew Dragon's Next Commander

March 2nd, 2021

From booster landings to astronaut launches, it’s hard to imagine a time when SpaceX struggled. But once it seemed like the company may never get off the ground. Eric Berger, journalist and Ars Technica’s senior space …

Welcome To Mars, Percy. It's Time To Do Science.

February 23rd, 2021

After a seven month journey hundreds of millions of miles through our solar system, NASA’s Perseverance rover safely landed on the surface of Mars. …

The Long Road To Mars

February 16th, 2021

Getting to Mars isn’t easy, but so far this month two space agencies have delivered payloads to the red planet’s orbit -- China and the United Arab Emirates. A NASA mission is also on course for Mars.

First Of Mars Mission Trio Arrives At Red Planet

February 9th, 2021

The first of three robotic explorers has arrived at the red planet. The United Arab Emirates Hope probe successfully entered the orbit of Mars …

The Hunt For Planet 9

February 2nd, 2021

On the outer edges of our solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, objects cluster in weird ways. This clustering led some scientists to search for …

As Bridenstine Says Goodbye, What's Ahead For NASA?

January 26th, 2021

NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down last week as a new presidential administration took office. President Biden will now select the …

Speedy Space Delivery

January 19th, 2021

After spending about a month on the International Space Station, SpaceX’s new Cargon Dragon capsule splashed down off the coast of Florida. It’s a …

Rockets With Frickin' Laser Beams. Uncovering The Mystery Of Moon Dust

December 29th, 2020

When it comes to how dirt on the moon behaves, scientists are still in the dark. Moon sand, also called regolith, is pretty mysterious -- but one …

An Artemis Astronaut & Recap Of 2020 Space News

December 22nd, 2020

NASA announced the first group of astronauts who will train for a mission to the moon. We’ll talk with one of those astronauts, Kayla Barron, about the selection and what the mission means for women in the astronaut …

Hubble: 30 Years Of Spectacular Celestial Images

December 15th, 2020

For the last three decades, the Hubble Space Telescope has peered deep into our universe, exploring the origins of the cosmos and capturing stunning views of stars, clusters and galaxies. Now, NASA is releasing a …

The Big Business Of Small Satellites

December 8th, 2020

A new company plans to launch small satellites from the belly of a drone. It joins the growing number of small launch companies popping up to send tiny payloads into space. So what’s the market for these small …

Remembering Arecibo & Sending Science To Space

December 1st, 2020

A 305-meter radio telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed after sustaining damage earlier this year -- sending 900 tons of radio equipment crashing into …

Arecibo's Legacy

November 24th, 2020

For nearly six decades, a 1,000 foot dish in a Puerto Rican forest has led the charge in searching for far away planets, alien life and tracking near-Earth asteroids. It’s also had cameos in television and film …

A New Era In Human Spaceflight

November 17th, 2020

Four astronauts successfully launched and docked to the International Space Station this week, flying on the first commercially designed and built …

The Path Ahead In Space Policy & A "Black Hole Survival Guide"

November 10th, 2020

All eyes have been on the Presidential race, but the 2020 election will also have an impact on the U.S. space program. From Congressional funding to …

A Space For Comedy & SLS Testing

November 3rd, 2020

We’ll speak with co-creators, writers and stars of the new show Moonbase 8, John C. Reilly, Tim Heidecker and Fred Armisen about the inspiration and research behind the series.

Searching For Aliens

October 27th, 2020

We’re on the hunt for aliens. NASA astrobiologists are scanning the skies for signs of life. But will extraterrestrials look like the little green …

Terry Virts & The Space Toilet: Exploring The Human Side Of Space Exploration

October 20th, 2020

There’s a lot about space travel that doesn’t get talked about -- like how do astronauts shower or go to the bathroom?

Ancient Asteroid Dust & Deep Space Delivery

October 13th, 2020

After launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida back in 2016, OSIRIS-REx is about to execute one of its most critical mission objectives -- suck up some dust on a far away asteroid.

Mars Opposition & Worried Astronomers

October 6th, 2020

This week Mars is set to come closer to Earth than it has been in more than a decade. The Mars Opposition is when the red planet becomes a visible bright red spot in the night sky.

Inclusion And Diversity In Space Exploration

September 29th, 2020

NASA and other space and science agencies are striving to diversify their workforces, but there’s still a long way to go. As the country grapples with racial inequality, so do these organizations.

Life On Venus? What A Stinky Gas Means For The Search For Life In Our Universe

September 22nd, 2020

Last week, scientists announced the finding of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus, one of our closest planetary neighbors. This stinky gas is …

Fixing Arecibo & Tracking Near-Earth Asteroids

September 15th, 2020

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 …

Humans To Mars & A Supernova Extinction

September 8th, 2020

Last week, scientists, engineers and visionaries met at the annual Humans to Mars summit, outlining current challenges and technological …

A Space For Curiosity & An Observatory Goes Dark

September 1st, 2020

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 …

Assembling NASA's Deep Spacecraft & Heavy Metal Asteroids

August 25th, 2020

NASA’s Orion spacecraft is the next deep-space vehicle designed to take humans to the moon.

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

August 18th, 2020

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 …

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

August 4th, 2020

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 …

Space News Roundup - Mars Rovers, Astronaut Splashdown & Mission: Impossible (Possibly In Space)

July 28th, 2020

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 …

What Does Mars Sound Like? NASA Is Sending A Microphone To The Red Planet

July 21st, 2020

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.

It's The Summer Of Mars

July 14th, 2020

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 Deep Space Economy

July 7th, 2020

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?

Space Tourism Promises Fresh Perspective Of Planet Earth

June 30th, 2020

As early as next year, space tourism company Space Perspective will ferry humans to the edge of space using a giant hydrogen-filled balloon. The …

Race In Space

June 23rd, 2020

Protests across the country have highlighted systemic racism and turned the national conversation towards equality and justice. So how does racial inequality affect space exploration?

How NASA's Reliance On Commercial Companies Is Shaping Space Exploration

June 16th, 2020

NASA is relying more and more on the private sector to help its exploration efforts -- from building the next moon lander to transporting astronauts to the International Space Station. So what does the future look like …

James Webb Space Telescope: Finishing The Next Big Observatory

June 9th, 2020

The James Webb Space Telescope is nearing the finish line, with a campaign of full systems tests on the horizon. The mega space-based telescope is an …

Inspiration & Innovation: What We Can Learn From SpaceX's Crew Dragon Launch

June 2nd, 2020

On Saturday, SpaceX successfully launched two NASA astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space …

It's Finally Here: NASA & SpaceX Set To Launch Humans From U.S. For The First Time Since Space Shuttle

May 26th, 2020

It’s finally here. The launch of American astronauts from American soil is happening this week with the launch of NASA’s Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on a SpaceX rocket.

Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana Ready For First Human Spaceflight Since Shuttle

May 19th, 2020

In a little over a week, SpaceX will attempt to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from Florida -- the first human launch from the United States in nearly a decade.

Covering Space: Correspondent Peter King Ready To Report Human Launches Once More

May 12th, 2020

For the past 25 years, CBS radio correspondent Peter King has covered human launches from Florida -- including the last Space Shuttle launch in 2011. Later this month, SpaceX will launch two NASA astronauts atop a …

The Next Mission To Mars: NASA Rover Will Search For Signs Of Ancient Life

May 5th, 2020

This summer, NASA will launch a 2,000 pound robot to the surface of Mars. The Perseverance rover will search for ancient signs of life and prep samples of Martian rocks to send back home.

The Fight For Women Astronauts

April 28th, 2020

The Mercury 7 might have had the right stuff and made the headlines, but behind the scenes 13 women were being tested to become astronauts.

Remote Rovin': NASA Mars Rover Drivers Are Working From Home. Here's How They Do It.

April 21st, 2020

With most of NASA teleworking to prevent the spread of coronavirus, missions exploring our solar system continue. NASA’s Curiosity rover is no …

Teaching The Next Generation Of Stargazers And Space Explorers

April 14th, 2020

Some seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida are learning about the night sky and the universe they live in thanks to their astronomy teacher Kyle Jeter.

Astronaut Mike Massimino's "Unlikely" Journey To Space

April 7th, 2020

While many of us are struggling with the new normal of quarantining and self-isolating, for NASA astronauts — it’s a part of the job. We’ll catch up …

The Rise Of The Space Age Millennials

March 24th, 2020

There’s a new generation leading the charge when it comes to space exploration -- millennials.

Want To Get Away? These Astronauts Talk About Life Off Earth, Dealing With Isolation and Facing Fears

March 23rd, 2020

Since our podcast and radio show 'Are We There Yet?' is celebrating its 4th birthday -- and many of us are quarantined at home with lots of free time -- our host Brendan Byrne is sharing his favorite conversations with …

A New Dawn For Sun Science

March 18th, 2020

There are now two new spacecraft zooming around the sun exploring our closest star. Is this a new chapter in sun science?

Discovering A New Star: Jocelyn Bell Burnell's Advice For Astronomers And Women In Science

March 10th, 2020

Back in 1967, Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell observed a curious set of radio pulses from a new type of telescope. Her findings would lead to a new type of …

The Race To Deep Space

March 3rd, 2020

The race to deep space is on. NASA has its eyes set on the moon then Mars, and other private companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin have ambitious plans to send humans into deep space. So just how close are we to …

Space: Marketing's Final Frontier

February 25th, 2020

Space is open for business. NASA is loosening restrictions on the use of the space station for commercial companies, paving the way for new business opportunities in orbit.

BONUS INTERVIEW: The History Of Civilian Space

February 18th, 2020

this week we’re talking with Alan Ladwig about his new book “See You in Orbit.”

The Future Of Ordinary People In Space

February 18th, 2020

Companies like Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic are on the brink of launching a new class of astronauts into space -- ordinary people. The experiences promise to give space tourists a new perspective on the world and …

Solar Orbiter Mission Heads To The Sun To Study Poles Of Our Closest Star

February 11th, 2020

A new mission to study the sun launched this week from Cape Canaveral. For the first time, scientists will get a look at the poles of the sun, thanks …

Will Congress Steer NASA Away From The Moon?

February 4th, 2020

The House is moving through a new authorization bill. While these pieces of legislation are usually unremarkable, this one is getting a lot of attention.

Asteroid Return Mission Spacecraft OSIRIS-REx Picks A Sample Site

January 21st, 2020

A spacecraft more than 160 million miles away is about to suck up some asteroid dust -- then send it back to Earth. The OSIRIS-REx mission will …

Can Your Gut Leak In Space? Probably. Here's What That Means For Astronatus

January 14th, 2020

Space travel could cause a leaky gut. A new medical study found that microgravity reduces an important barrier in the stomach which could mean nasty …

Booze In Space? The Storied History And Bright Future Of Alcohol In The Final Frontier

January 7th, 2020

Alcohol has long been a staple of our cultures and civilizations but is there a place for it in space?

A Decade of Commercial Space Innovation

December 31st, 2019

Over the last decade, there’s been a change in how things get to space. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, NASA has been looking to commercial companies to fill the void.

Interstellar Comet Visits Our Solar System, Awes Astronomers

December 17th, 2019

Astronomers have their eyes on a rare comet zooming 100,000 miles per hour through our solar system. The Hubble space telescope captured stunning …

Designing The Next Spacesuit

December 10th, 2019

For future missions to the moon or Mars, astronauts are going to need a new suit. Engineers like MIT’s Dava Newman are hard at work -- but it’s a big ask. Designing a suit that protects astronauts while still allowing …

From Cave To Cosmos: A History Of Human Exploration

December 3rd, 2019

Exploration is hardwired into our DNA. From early humans in sub-Saharan Africa to the Apollo moon walkers, humans have always had a thirst for …

Talking To Aliens

November 26th, 2019

Scientists are hard at work looking for signs of life here in our solar system and beyond. But what will we say to those extraterrestrials when we …

The Interstellar Travels Of The Twin Voyager Spacecraft

November 20th, 2019

Voyager 2 punched a hole through our heliosphere sending it into interstellar space. The space probe launched more than 40 years ago along with its …

Astronaut & Spacewalker Nicole Stott Talks Gender Equality, Art In Space and Efforts To Inspire The Next Generation Of Explorers

November 12th, 2019

There have been 221 spacewalks at the International Space Station and 37 have included women. But overall, there have only been 15 female …

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