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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#21: The Excitement Has Exploded

May 24th, 2016 · 57 minutes

Jason and Stephen catch up some news, talk about some weird ways stars end and are then joined by Loren Grush, science reporter at The Verge to talk about commercial crew, inflatable space hotels and more.

#20: The Lifecycle of our Sun: Like a M&M

May 10th, 2016 · 60 minutes

After catching up Kepler news and the Mercury transit, Jason and Stephen talk about the lifecycle of our sun. Spoiler alert: things won't end well for Earth.

#19: Venus: The Pizza Planet

April 25th, 2016 · 59 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen take a trip to Venus.

#18: The SLS

April 11th, 2016 · 65 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen talk about rockets on drone ships, visiting space via virtual reality and NASA's next launch vehicle, the SLS.

#17: Space Stations: Totally Not Obsessed

March 28th, 2016 · 70 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen take a tour of the space stations that have graced Low-Earth orbit over the decades.

#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.

#15: The Moon Draft

February 29th, 2016 · 47 minutes

On this episode, Jason and Stephen pick their favorite solar system moons in an action-packed draft.

#14: Outside the Gates

February 15th, 2016 · 60 minutes

During the last fortnight, humankind detected gravitational waves for the first time and Jason spent some time at NASA's Ames Research Center.

#13: It's Important to Have a Dryer Sheet

February 1st, 2016 · 62 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason catch up on Space X and Blue Origin news, wish Opportunity a happy 12th birthday and reflect on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster.

#12: The Size of a Refrigerator

January 18th, 2016 · 56 minutes

Jason and Stephen are joined by Geof Morris, a Payload Rack Officer for the International Space Station. Geof works at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.