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. Hosted by Jason Snell and Stephen Hackett.



Liftoff 91: Shoot and Hope

Jason and Stephen catch up on the news, then talk about the Pioneer and Ranger programs.



Liftoff 90: My Feet Belong on the Ground

This fortnight, Jason and Stephen mark NASA's Day of Remembrance, discuss layoffs at two private space companies and wish for a mission to Uranus.



Liftoff 89: Some Time at the Taco Bar

China has big plans for the moon and SpaceX has a new test vehicle. Oh, and things got weird with Russia.


 2019-01-15  43m

Liftoff 88: Pixely Peanut

China's latest lunar mission is about to touchdown on the far side of the moon, and New Horizons has completed its flyby of Ultima Thule.


 2019-01-02  48m

Liftoff 87: Apollo 8

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.


 2018-12-18  37m

Liftoff 86: Two-Tone Rocket

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.


 2018-12-04  43m

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

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.


 2018-11-20  32m

Liftoff 84: Emotions of Distant Galaxies

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


 2018-11-06  59m

Liftoff 83: Apollo 7

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.


 2018-10-22  34m

Liftoff 82: Hubble Trouble

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.


 2018-10-08  57m