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

#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.

#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.