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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#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.

#37: All Objects Are Special

January 2nd, 2017 · 32 minutes

Jason and Stephen look back at some of the biggest space stories of 2016.

#36: Remembering John Glenn

December 20th, 2016 · 34 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen remember John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, and the oldest person to travel in space.

#35: Saturn: The Jewel of The Solar System

December 6th, 2016 · 31 minutes

The sixth planet out from the sun is a fascinating world of extreme atmospheric conditions, strange moons and breathtaking views.

#34: The James Webb Telescope

November 22nd, 2016 · 30 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen discuss NASA's $8.8 billion project: the James Webb telescope.