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



Latest Episodes

#169: A Lot of Glory to be Bathed Within

July 29th, 2022 · 38 minutes

Jason and Stephen pop open the hatch to marvel at the JWST's first images, talk about the SLS and wonder what is going on with Russia and the ISS.

#168: Apollo 16

April 20th, 2022 · 36 minutes

In April 1972, the crew of Apollo 16 spent 71 hours on the surface of the moon after a series of technical glitches put their landing in jeopardy. The second of three J-missions, the crew spent nearly three whole days on the surface and completed an EVA on the way home, returning one day earlier than initially planned.

#167: Back in the VAB

April 19th, 2022 · 30 minutes

The SLS has enjoyed some Florida sunshine but is headed back to the VAB for more work. This time, Stephen and Jason catch up on NASA's new rocket, plus some other news.

#166: JWST and the Future of Liftoff

December 27th, 2021 · 26 minutes

On this special episode, Stephen and Jason celebrate the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and talk about the future of the podcast. The short version is that we will no longer be publishing every other week. Moving forward, we'll be recording special episodes as major news warrants.

#165: Forever Expanded in our Hearts

December 14th, 2021 · 37 minutes

Days away from (hopefully) the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, Stephen and Jason talk about the hype around the mission, as well as the latest with SLS and Starliner.

#164: A Dashcam for a Space Probe

November 30th, 2021 · 38 minutes

The future of the International Space Station is the topic of a new report, all while the SLS inches closer to its first launch. Also: DART is on its way to a celestial crash and a spacewalk has been delayed thanks to debris from the recent Russian ASAT test.

#163: What Does it Look Like Under the Bus?

November 16th, 2021 · 40 minutes

Artemis' 2024 lunar landing is officially off the table. Russia has shot one of its own satellites down, leading to emergency procedures being carried out at the ISS.

Yeah, not a great week in space.

#162: Mixed-Use Business Park in Space

November 2nd, 2021 · 40 minutes

Ingenuity is flying faster than ever as JWST and SLS inch closer to launch. Then, a look at two different proposed commercial space stations.

#161: Now It’s Very Much Precedented

October 19th, 2021 · 39 minutes

This week, Jason preps a glass of ice water for Stephen and the two discuss recent Starliner updates, the future of the ISS and Lucy.

#160: Hot Jupiters in Colorado

October 5th, 2021 · 54 minutes

This week, there's news about cubesats, several commercial space programs and more. Then, a look at what is going on at Blue Origin.