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.



Latest Episodes

#35: Saturn: The Jewel of The Solar System

December 6th, 2016 · 31 minutes

The sixth planet out from the sun is a fascinating world of extreme atmospheric conditions, strange moons and breathtaking views.

#34: The James Webb Telescope

November 22nd, 2016 · 30 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen discuss NASA's $8.8 billion project: the James Webb telescope.

#33: Cubesats: Orbital Science on a Budget

November 8th, 2016 · 42 minutes

This week, Jason and Stephen are joined by Glenn Fleishman to talk about the rising use of cubesats.

#32: The Robotic Spacecraft Draft

October 25th, 2016 · 47 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason draft their favorite robotic spacecraft after pouring one out for Schiaparelli.

#31: Imagine If This All Works

October 11th, 2016 · 40 minutes

This fortnight, Stephen and Jason talk about Elon Musk's train to Mars.

#30: Talking Kepler with Natalie Batalha

September 26th, 2016 · 53 minutes

This week, Jason interviews Natalie Batalha, NASA's Kepler mission
project scientist, about the spacecraft, the K2 mission and some exoplanets found by the mission.

#29: Solar System Sawdust: OSIRIS-REx & Asteroids

September 13th, 2016 · 43 minutes

OSIRIS-REx, NASA's asteroid sampling mission, recently launched. Live from the XOXO Festival, Jason and Stephen talk about the mission, its objectives and all about asteroids.

#28: Exoplanets

August 30th, 2016 · 48 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen talk about exoplanets: what they are, how they're found and why they are important.

#27: Party Like It's 1999 RQ36

August 16th, 2016 · 36 minutes

This fortnight: Mission to Mars details are forming and NASA is looking at some new potential planetary missions.

#26: The Journey to Mars

August 2nd, 2016 · 34 minutes

NASA's "Journey to Mars" plan is wide-reaching but a little light on details in places. Stephen and Jason dive into it and consider what it would mean if Elon Musk beats NASA to the Red Planet.