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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#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.

#19: Venus: The Pizza Planet

April 25th, 2016 · 59 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen take a trip to Venus.

#18: The SLS

April 11th, 2016 · 65 minutes

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen talk about rockets on drone ships, visiting space via virtual reality and NASA's next launch vehicle, the SLS.

#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.