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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#17: Space Stations: Totally Not Obsessed

March 28th, 2016 · 70 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen take a tour of the space stations that have graced Low-Earth orbit over the decades.

#16: Like a Curtain in the Wind

March 14th, 2016 · 61 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen travel the length of the Solar System to catch up on the news.

#15: The Moon Draft

February 29th, 2016 · 47 minutes

On this episode, Jason and Stephen pick their favorite solar system moons in an action-packed draft.

#14: Outside the Gates

February 15th, 2016 · 60 minutes

During the last fortnight, humankind detected gravitational waves for the first time and Jason spent some time at NASA's Ames Research Center.

#13: It's Important to Have a Dryer Sheet

February 1st, 2016 · 62 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason catch up on Space X and Blue Origin news, wish Opportunity a happy 12th birthday and reflect on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster.

#12: The Size of a Refrigerator

January 18th, 2016 · 56 minutes

Jason and Stephen are joined by Geof Morris, a Payload Rack Officer for the International Space Station. Geof works at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

#11: Moon Phases & Tides

January 4th, 2016 · 46 minutes

This week, Jason explains how the phases of the moon work before wading into the weird world of tides.

#10: The Solstice

December 21st, 2015 · 43 minutes

To celebrate the Winter Solstice, Jason and Stephen talk all about the Earth's journey around the sun and how it affects all of our lives.

#9: The Space Shuttle

December 7th, 2015 · 80 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason strap in and talk about NASA’s space shuttle program.

#8: Halo of Junk

November 23rd, 2015 · 71 minutes

Jason and Stephen talk about the not-so-impending doom facing Phobos and a bunch of other news before being joined by Emily Lakdawalla from The Planetary Society to discuss the future of solar system exploration.