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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#47: Eclipses: Orbits Aren't Perfect

May 23rd, 2017 · 52 minutes

This week, Jason and Stephen talk about lunar and solar eclipses in preparation of a total solar eclipse in North America coming up in August.

#46: Team Pluto on the March

May 9th, 2017 · 31 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen cover a possible future Pluto mission, SLS delays and the X-37B spaceplane.

#45: Interested in Looking Awesome

April 26th, 2017 · 43 minutes

This fortnight we discuss Cassini's daring death dives inside Saturn's rings before the end of its mission, exciting news from our solar system's ocean moons and hints of a change in planning for future exploration of Mars.

#44: Voyager

April 11th, 2017 · 35 minutes

After visiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the Voyager probes are now probing the very edges of our solar system — and beyond.

#43: Release the Ice Mole

March 28th, 2017 · 31 minutes

This fortnight brings a flight-proven Falcon 9 launch, news about Enceladus' ice sheets and the return of the mighty RS-25.

#42: You Don't Wanna Hit a Moon

March 14th, 2017 · 41 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen catch up the news coming out of Washington D.C. and Blue Origin, and then consider what the Europa Clipper mission could mean.

#41: The Ice Giants

February 28th, 2017 · 57 minutes

This fortnight, Stephen went out for a nerdy evening, NASA announced the seven planets at TRAPPIST-1 and SpaceX is going to the moon. After the news, Jason and Stephen break down the Ice Giants of Uranus and Neptune.

#40: A Gradient of Space News

February 14th, 2017 · 30 minutes

This fortnight, Proxima B breaks our hearts, SpaceX is on historic ground and a Europa lander begins to take shape.

#39: The Speed of Light Doesn't Apply to Telepathy

January 31st, 2017 · 54 minutes

This fortnight, Stephen and Jason talk about how the current political climate affects science, space and technology.

#38: Lucy: Levitating Ulcers Carefully Yearning

January 17th, 2017 · 39 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen catch up on the news and remember Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon.