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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Latest Episodes

#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.

#33: Cubesats: Orbital Science on a Budget

November 8th, 2016 · 42 minutes

This week, Jason and Stephen are joined by Glenn Fleishman to talk about the rising use of cubesats.

#32: The Robotic Spacecraft Draft

October 25th, 2016 · 47 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason draft their favorite robotic spacecraft after pouring one out for Schiaparelli.

#31: Imagine If This All Works

October 11th, 2016 · 40 minutes

This fortnight, Stephen and Jason talk about Elon Musk's train to Mars.

#30: Talking Kepler with Natalie Batalha

September 26th, 2016 · 53 minutes

This week, Jason interviews Natalie Batalha, NASA's Kepler mission
project scientist, about the spacecraft, the K2 mission and some exoplanets found by the mission.

#29: Solar System Sawdust: OSIRIS-REx & Asteroids

September 13th, 2016 · 43 minutes

OSIRIS-REx, NASA's asteroid sampling mission, recently launched. Live from the XOXO Festival, Jason and Stephen talk about the mission, its objectives and all about asteroids.

#28: Exoplanets

August 30th, 2016 · 48 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen talk about exoplanets: what they are, how they're found and why they are important.