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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#92: Apollo 9

February 26th, 2019 · 42 minutes

In March 1969, Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott and Rusty Schweickart were the first astronauts to fly the Lunar Module, proving that this vital spacecraft was ready to take a crew to the moon — and help bring them home.

#91: Shoot and Hope

February 12th, 2019 · 42 minutes

Jason and Stephen catch up on the news, then talk about the Pioneer and Ranger programs.

#90: My Feet Belong on the Ground

January 29th, 2019 · 45 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen mark NASA's Day of Remembrance, discuss layoffs at two private space companies and wish for a mission to Uranus.

#89: Some Time at the Taco Bar

January 15th, 2019 · 43 minutes

China has big plans for the moon and SpaceX has a new test vehicle. Oh, and things got weird with Russia.

#88: Pixely Peanut

January 2nd, 2019 · 48 minutes

China's latest lunar mission is about to touchdown on the far side of the moon, and New Horizons has completed its flyby of Ultima Thule.

#87: Apollo 8

December 18th, 2018 · 37 minutes

In December 1968, Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders became the first human beings to travel to the moon, circling our nearest neighbor and making history while doing so.

#86: Two-Tone Rocket

December 4th, 2018 · 43 minutes

The end of 2018 is proving to be busy: InSight has landed, OSIRIS-REx has rendezvoused with Bennu, SpaceX is breaking records and the CLPS program is here, for what that's worth.

#85: There's No E in 'Flight'

November 20th, 2018 · 32 minutes

There was a false alarm concerning Opportunity, and drama about the SLS' future. That, and a conversation about Rocket Lab and a preview of InSight's landing.

#84: Emotions of Distant Galaxies

November 6th, 2018 · 59 minutes

NASA says goodbye to two spacecraft and Stephen and Jason review First Man.

#83: Apollo 7

October 22nd, 2018 · 34 minutes

In October 1968, Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham spent 11 days in space working the bugs out of the Apollo spacecraft on its first crewed mission. The vehicle performed perfectly; the crew did not.