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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#66: Fancy Ballast

February 14th, 2018 · 80 minutes

Stephen and Jason talk about their recent #NASASocial trips, and what the agency's new budget and direction may mean for the International Space Station, Mars and more.

#65: Zombie Satellites

January 30th, 2018 · 37 minutes

This week, Jason and Stephen catch up on some weird satellite and exoplanet news before walking through Apollo 4 and 5.

#64: Remembering Apollo 1

January 16th, 2018 · 39 minutes

This week, we recount the Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

#63: It Looks Like a Soup Can

January 3rd, 2018 · 60 minutes

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy has been erected at 39-A, while NASA moves forward with its New Frontiers finalists. Then, Apollo flight hardware and the mighty Saturn V.

#62: Get Out of Low Earth Orbit

December 19th, 2017 · 55 minutes

After wading through a busy fortnight's news including Trump's lunar directive, Stephen and Jason wrap up their series on Project Gemini.

#61: Sleepover in Space

December 5th, 2017 · 49 minutes

Elon Musk has been tweeting about payloads and Rocket Lab prepares for another launch. That, and Gemini 6, 7, 8 and 9.

#60: Crumbs Are Bad

November 21st, 2017 · 44 minutes

New spacecraft is being tested, and we had a weird visitor from outside the solar system. That, plus the first crewed Gemini missions (complete with secret beef sandwiches) this fortnight.

#59: Kinda Bananas and Super Dangerous

November 7th, 2017 · 34 minutes

SpaceX is returning to Launch Complex 40 and the GRACE mission is coming to an end while Dawn has a new lease on life. Then, discussion of the Gemini capsule and the two uncrewed launches of the program.

#58: Getting in on the Moon Money

October 24th, 2017 · 44 minutes

Blue Origin is firing up its new rocket engine as Bigelow is talking about inflatable lunar stations. Then, the recent LIGO announcement and some background on Project Gemini.

#57: A Realistic View

October 10th, 2017 · 47 minutes

LIGO is busy with gravitational waves, Elon Musk is busy talking about SpaceX's future and Mike Pence has his eye on the moon.