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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#74: Scientific Research and Glory

June 5th, 2018 · 50 minutes

Jeff Bezos, Planet 9 and China's space station plans are all in the news, then Stephen and Jason remember Alan Bean and Donald Peterson.

#73: No Party Beyond the Event Horizon

May 22nd, 2018 · 43 minutes

Jason talks about launching from the west coast of the United States, then Stephen takes the new SLS SEGMENT out for a spin before they discuss black holes.

#72: Into the Black

May 8th, 2018 · 54 minutes

InSight is headed to Mars, the SLS Segment has a name, and Jason and Stephen read Into the Black, by Rowland White.

#71: A 322-foot Football

April 24th, 2018 · 45 minutes

Stephen launches a new segment about the SLS, then talks with Jason about the swearing in of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the future of NASA TESS.

#70: An All-Inclusive Space Hotel

April 10th, 2018 · 46 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason are joined by space and technology reporter Swapna Krishna to catch up on a whole bunch of news, including the James Webb Telescope's latest schedule slip, SpaceX's recent tangling with NOAA, Commercial Crew changes and more. Also, the introduction of Liftoff merchandise!

#69: The World's Largest Flying Tuning Fork

March 27th, 2018 · 38 minutes

This week: NASA's new budget and Apollo 6.

#68: In Tune With Your System

March 13th, 2018 · 42 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason are joined by Holly Griffith, a Mechanical Engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where she works on the Safety for the Life Support Systems for the new Orion capsule.

#67: Paranoia and a Courtesy Laugh

February 28th, 2018 · 47 minutes

From a HI-SEAS mishap to an exoplanet getting blasted by its host star, it's news round-up time on Liftoff this week.

#66: Fancy Ballast

February 14th, 2018 · 80 minutes

Stephen and Jason talk about their recent #NASASocial trips, and what the agency's new budget and direction may mean for the International Space Station, Mars and more.

#65: Zombie Satellites

January 30th, 2018 · 37 minutes

This week, Jason and Stephen catch up on some weird satellite and exoplanet news before walking through Apollo 4 and 5.