NASA is inching toward crewed flights, with its Mobile Launcher Platform coming together and cis-lunar Gateway plans coming together, all while SpaceX and Boeing races to complete its crewed hardware. Elsewhere, Spitzer celebrates 15 years in space and OSIRIS-REx has spotted its target.
The Parker Solar Probe is on its way to study our sun, as New Horizons is exploring what is at the outmost reaches of its influence on the solar system.
What goes around, comes around: The James Webb Telescope, water on Mars and the Space Force are all back in the news.
Jason and Stephen are joined by Emily Lakdawalla to discuss her new book, The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job.
Jason and Stephen talk about President Trump's call for a Space Force, then Opportunity's struggle against a Martian dust storm and Peggy Whitson's retirement from NASA.
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.
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.
InSight is headed to Mars, the SLS Segment has a name, and Jason and Stephen read Into the Black, by Rowland White.
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.
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!