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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#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.

#27: Party Like It's 1999 RQ36

August 16th, 2016 · 36 minutes

This fortnight: Mission to Mars details are forming and NASA is looking at some new potential planetary missions.

#26: The Journey to Mars

August 2nd, 2016 · 34 minutes

NASA's "Journey to Mars" plan is wide-reaching but a little light on details in places. Stephen and Jason dive into it and consider what it would mean if Elon Musk beats NASA to the Red Planet.

#25: Mission Roundup

July 19th, 2016 · 43 minutes

This fortnight, we catch up with New Horizons, Dawn and Mars 2020.

#24: All Juno, All the Time

July 6th, 2016 · 37 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen dive into Juno, NASA's current mission to Jupiter.

#23: Inside a Bendy Straw

June 21st, 2016 · 48 minutes

This fortnight: China talks to the United Nations, Blue Origin plays with parachutes and a quick trip to Mercury.

#22: Billionaires at a Conference

June 7th, 2016 · 56 minutes

Jason and Stephen discuss recent interviews with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Rockets, AI, dying on Mars and more!

#21: The Excitement Has Exploded

May 24th, 2016 · 57 minutes

Jason and Stephen catch up some news, talk about some weird ways stars end and are then joined by Loren Grush, science reporter at The Verge to talk about commercial crew, inflatable space hotels and more.

#20: The Lifecycle of our Sun: Like a M&M

May 10th, 2016 · 60 minutes

After catching up Kepler news and the Mercury transit, Jason and Stephen talk about the lifecycle of our sun. Spoiler alert: things won't end well for Earth.