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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 46m. Bisher sind 141 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 15 hours 47 minutes


episode 140: The End of the Year Means Next Year

Jason and Stephen start 2021 by picking some things they are looking forward to in what promises to be a very busy year in space.



episode 139: Space Omelets

You get a sample return; you get a sample return; you get a sample return! In other news: SN8 had a rough landing, SpaceIL is getting back on the horse and NASA has unveiled more Artemis plans.


 2020-12-15  50m

episode 138: A Great Acronym, but it's in Russian

The world is mourning the uncontrolled collapse of the Arecibo observatory, even as China's Chang’e-5 mission is underway to return lunar samples to Earth, which would be a first since the final Apollo mission.


 2020-12-01  33m

episode 137: Delicate Dance of Docking

Commercial Crew has gotten official with the launch of Crew-1 over the weekend, the start of a six-month expedition on the International Space Station. That and the possibilities of Jim Bridenstine's future. Oh, and kilonovas!


 2020-11-17  40m

episode 136: Don’t Tell the Boss

Zac Hall joins Jason to discuss the post-election future of NASA (and administrator Jim Bridenstine), the 20th anniversary of permanent habitation of the International Space Station, a bunch of moon news, and OSIRIS-REx taking a bite out of Bennu.


 2020-11-03  59m

episode 135: Space is Full of Rocks

Stephen comes with good news about InSight's Mole, and Jason says there probably aren't aliens on Venus. Also: OSIRIS-REx is due for a big day and the space industry in China is heating up.


 2020-10-20  36m

episode 134: My Response to Existential Terror, with Dr. Katie Mack

Jason and Stephen are joined by Dr. Katie Mack to discuss her book *The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking).*


 2020-10-06  45m

episode 133: The World’s Most Expensive WeWork

The recent announcement of phosphine being detected in Venus' atmosphere could have a major effect on future scientific missions, so Jason is excited about space blimps again. Then, Stephen walks through NASA's most recent Artemis roadmap.


 2020-09-22  1h0m

episode 132: In the Shadow of Artemis

In the Utah desert, Northrop Grumman has tested a full-sized SLS SRB, while the future of work in low-Earth orbit is being debated. On Mars, InSight's troubles continue and 17 billion light years-away, two black holes have collided.


 2020-09-08  50m

episode 131: Windex for Rockets

It's a busy week on Florida's Space Coast, and supernovas are in the news. Thankfully the two won't cross paths. Neither will Earth and an asteroid the day before Election Day in the United States.


 2020-08-25  45m