Liftoff is a fortnightly podcast about space, the universe, and everything. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the latest developments as explained by enthusiastic space fans Stephen Hackett and Jason Snell.

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#124: Space Koozie

May 19th, 2020 · 43 minutes

The Artemis Accords have been unveiled, but will their adoption be hurt by their rollout? Could Starship be more useful as a refueling station than a lander? Jason and Stephen get into these questions and more this fortnight.

#123: Lunar Camper

May 5th, 2020 · 51 minutes

NASA has unveiled its plans to source a lunar lander for the Artemis program, while Hubble celebrates its 30th anniversary.

#122: Get an Exoplanet; Lose an Exoplanet

April 21st, 2020 · 49 minutes

May seems to be the Month of Commercial Crew! Also: NASA is working from home, an exoplanet may be no more and a look at a future Mars sample return mission.

#121: Apollo 13

April 7th, 2020 · 71 minutes

In the spring of 1970, NASA launched what would be the third mission to walk on the moon, but almost nothing went to plan, putting the crew in peril until the moment they splashed down.

#120: Everything Got Jumbled and Fell Down

March 24th, 2020 · 39 minutes

The entire space industry is reeling from effects of the current global pandemic, and NASA remembers Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden.

#119: A Rovey McRoverface Situation

March 10th, 2020 · 35 minutes

Mars 2020 has a name, Voyager 2 can't call home and SpaceX is doing SpaceX things. Then, results from the initial Starliner investigation and a look at VIPER.

#118: A Reusable Buddy Satellite

February 28th, 2020 · 56 minutes

Little satellites are helping larger ones, InSight's mole is causing problems, the SLS is slipping and Venus is up for a mission as a Hot Jupiter may be being ripped apart. Just another fortnight of space news!

#117: Things Bumping Against Other Things

February 11th, 2020 · 42 minutes

Boeing's Starliner issues run deeper than it first appeared, CHEOPS is operation and the Solar Orbiter is on its way to our start. That, and a look at the White House's proposed NASA budget for 2021.

#116: Remembering Challenger

January 28th, 2020 · 70 minutes

On January 28, 1986, seven astronauts lost their lives aboard the space shuttle Challenger, including teacher Christa McAuliffe. This week, Jason and Stephen talk about the disaster, its causes and how it changed NASA, after discussing the current House NASA Authorization Bill and more.

#115: A Mannequin is Not an Astronaut

January 14th, 2020 · 59 minutes

2020 is here, as are updates on the James Webb telescope and SLS. NASA has inducted some new astronauts and the star Betelgeuse is getting weird.