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.



Latest Episodes

#87: Apollo 8

December 18th, 2018 · 37 minutes

In December 1968, Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders became the first human beings to travel to the moon, circling our nearest neighbor and making history while doing so.

#86: Two-Tone Rocket

December 4th, 2018 · 43 minutes

The end of 2018 is proving to be busy: InSight has landed, OSIRIS-REx has rendezvoused with Bennu, SpaceX is breaking records and the CLPS program is here, for what that's worth.

#85: There's No E in 'Flight'

November 20th, 2018 · 32 minutes

There was a false alarm concerning Opportunity, and drama about the SLS' future. That, and a conversation about Rocket Lab and a preview of InSight's landing.

#84: Emotions of Distant Galaxies

November 6th, 2018 · 59 minutes

NASA says goodbye to two spacecraft and Stephen and Jason review First Man.

#83: Apollo 7

October 22nd, 2018 · 34 minutes

In October 1968, Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham spent 11 days in space working the bugs out of the Apollo spacecraft on its first crewed mission. The vehicle performed perfectly; the crew did not.

#82: Hubble Trouble

October 8th, 2018 · 57 minutes

Jason and Stephen discuss the latest Commercial Crew dates, and emerging issues with the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as exomoons and Jason's view of the latest SpaceX launch.

#81: Lasers Are the Best

September 28th, 2018 · 53 minutes

From a Californian satellite and the retirement of the Delta II to Hayabusa and Opportunity updates, it's been a busy couple of weeks. Plus, a review of Hulu's The First.

#80: Little Caesars Mars Probe

September 11th, 2018 · 64 minutes

Recent space news is all weird: Elon Musk's questionable podcast appearance, NASA looking into selling naming rights on its hardware, and a leak on the ISS.

#79: The Final Bridge to Crewed Flight

August 28th, 2018 · 37 minutes

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.

#78: Shed Some Sunlight on It

August 14th, 2018 · 42 minutes

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.