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

#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.

#11: Moon Phases & Tides

January 4th, 2016 · 46 minutes

This week, Jason explains how the phases of the moon work before wading into the weird world of tides.

#10: The Solstice

December 21st, 2015 · 43 minutes

To celebrate the Winter Solstice, Jason and Stephen talk all about the Earth's journey around the sun and how it affects all of our lives.

#9: The Space Shuttle

December 7th, 2015 · 80 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason strap in and talk about NASA’s space shuttle program.

#8: Halo of Junk

November 23rd, 2015 · 71 minutes

Jason and Stephen talk about the not-so-impending doom facing Phobos and a bunch of other news before being joined by Emily Lakdawalla from The Planetary Society to discuss the future of solar system exploration.

#7: Still Probably Not Aliens

November 10th, 2015 · 60 minutes

A fortnight of news has passed, and Jason and Stephen are here to talk water in the solar system, Orion's progress, the 15th anniversary of crewed ISS missions and some new job openings at NASA.

#6: The Sun

October 26th, 2015 · 57 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason answer some burning questions about the sun.

#5: 'The Martian'

October 9th, 2015 · 72 minutes

Forget the popcorn; grab your potatoes! This week, Jason and Stephen talk all about The Martian.