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.



#16: Like a Curtain in the Wind

March 14th, 2016 · 61 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen travel the length of the Solar System to catch up on the news.

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Links and Show Notes

The strangest moon in the Solar System — Starts With A Bang! — Medium
Alexander Kramer on Twitter: "@jsnell && @ismh , approx. sketch of Moon Draft 2016 and their owners. (@liftoffpodcast )"
Mimas (moon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Callisto (moon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin plans to start taking tourists into space in 2018 | The Verge
Jeff Bezos Lifts Veil on His Rocket Company, Blue Origin - The New York Times
Why did Blue Origin leave so many female space reporters out of its big reveal? | The Verge
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut: Mike Mullane: 9780743276832: Books
Watch Us Epically Fail NASA’s Astronaut Test | WIRED
Hubble Team Breaks Cosmic Distance Record | NASA
Methane Snow on Pluto’s Peaks | NASA
Scientists think they’ve spotted clouds on Pluto, so they want to call it a planet again - Quartz
Dawn's First Year at Ceres: A Mountain Emerges | NASA
Dawn Mission | Dawn Home Page
ESA - Robotic Exploration of Mars: The ExoMars programme 2016-2018
NASA officially delays its next mission to Mars until 2018 | The Verge
NASA Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission | NASA
Comet Flyby Threw Mars’ Magnetic Field Into Chaos | NASA
How Do We Terraform Venus? - Universe Today
SE2016Mar09T.GIF (1197×1547)
An EPIC Eclipse : Natural Hazards
NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21
Emily Lakdawalla on Twitter: "Says Jupiter to Earth: So you think your lunar eclipse the other day was cool? I had two simultaneous moon eclipses."
Scott Kelly’s first days back on Earth — bananas, basketball, and Super Tuesday | The Verge
Robot or Not? - a podcast from The Incomparable
NASA JPL on Twitter: "Earlier today in a galaxy right here at home: #BB8 met our real robots and learned about @NASA's #JourneytoMars"
NASA JPL on Twitter: "These are the droids you're looking for. #BB8 visited our historic clean room where real @NASA space robots are made"
We finally know how Mercury gets its dark gray color: an ancient carbon crust | The Verge
Remote sensing evidence for an ancient carbon-bearing crust on Mercury : Nature Geoscience : Nature Publishing Group