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How artificial gravity and a giant telescope may change space exploration

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Giant Magellan Telescope-GMTO Corporation
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The Giant Magellan Telescope will have seven of the world's largest mirrors that could capture images of other planetary systems.

It may sound like science fiction, but engineers are developing a space station capable of artificial gravity. Commercial company Vast wants to put private space stations in orbit and providing some sort of artificial gravity is key to that plan.

We’ll hear from Garret Reisman, a veteran NASA astronaut and now an advisor at Vast about the need for gravity when living and working in space.

Then, we'll hear from Rebecca Bernstein, chief scientist for the Giant Magellan Telescope organization about a new ground-based telescope. The telescope is so large it may one day snap an image of a planet outside our own solar system.

Marian is a multimedia journalist at Central Florida Public Media working as a reporter and producer for the 'Are We There Yet?' space podcast.
Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."
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