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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#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.

#56: A Guy and a Grease Pencil

September 26th, 2017 · 29 minutes

This fortnight: damage to the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico, a Mars sample return proposal and the final two Mercury flights.

#55: Fireflies

September 12th, 2017 · 45 minutes

Stephen and Jason are back to discuss the end of Cassini and Jim Bridenstine, who appears to be Trump's pick for NASA Administrator. After that, they journey into orbit with John Glenn and Scott Carpenter.

#54: Live from the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

August 22nd, 2017 · 27 minutes

Stephen and Jason both witnessed the 2017 total solar eclipse. They recorded throughout the event and sat down to compare notes the next day.

#53: More Sevens

August 15th, 2017 · 43 minutes

This fortnight, 2014 MU69 comes into focus, SLS has a new paint job and Stephen and Jason talk about the two rockets used in Project Mercury and the first two crewed American spaceflights.

#52: Missed by Half an Inch

August 1st, 2017 · 31 minutes

After going over some last-minute eclipse planning notes, Stephen and Jason start a new series looking at NASA's pre-shuttle crewed missions, starting with testing for Project Mercury and America's first astronauts.

#51: Dark Matter, with Dr. Katie Mack

July 18th, 2017 · 45 minutes

Jason and Stephen are joined by Dr. Katie Mack, a theoretical astrophysicist working at the University of Melbourne on dark matter and the potential it has to change our understanding of the universe, physics and more.

#50: A Science Skateboard

July 5th, 2017 · 48 minutes

There are a bunch of milestones to celebrate this week: Juno's been at Jupiter for a year, Stephen built his LEGO Saturn V and Pathfinder landed on Mars 20 years ago.

#49: A Feel-good Mission About the Sun

June 20th, 2017 · 34 minutes

This fortnight, our intrepid explorers talk about NEEMO, newly-discovered exoplanets and the Parker Solar Probe.

#48: Hidden Figures

June 6th, 2017 · 57 minutes

Jason and Stephen discuss the 2016 film Hidden Figures.