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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.

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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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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English


Episodes

Liftoff 78: Shed Some Sunlight on It

8/14/2018
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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.

Duration:00:42:57

Liftoff 77: Belly Flop Situation

8/1/2018
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What goes around, comes around: The James Webb Telescope, water on Mars and the Space Force are all back in the news.

Duration:00:34:14

Liftoff 76: Talking Curiosity with Emily Lakdawalla

7/3/2018
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Jason and Stephen are joined by Emily Lakdawalla to discuss her new book, *The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job.*

Duration:00:39:16

Liftoff 75: Not a Guy, a Box

6/19/2018
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Jason and Stephen talk about President Trump's call for a Space Force, then Opportunity's struggle against a Martian dust storm and Peggy Whitson's retirement from NASA.

Duration:00:33:13

Liftoff 74: Scientific Research and Glory

6/5/2018
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Jeff Bezos, Planet 9 and China's space station plans are all in the news, then Stephen and Jason remember Alan Bean and Donald Peterson.

Duration:00:50:54

Liftoff 73: No Party Beyond the Event Horizon

5/22/2018
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Jason talks about launching from the west coast of the United States, then Stephen takes the new SLS SEGMENT out for a spin before they discuss black holes.

Duration:00:43:54

Liftoff 72: Into the Black

5/8/2018
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InSight is headed to Mars, the SLS Segment has a name, and Jason and Stephen read *Into the Black,* by Rowland White.

Duration:00:54:22

Liftoff 71: A 322-foot Football

4/24/2018
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Stephen launches a new segment about the SLS, then talks with Jason about the swearing in of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the future of NASA TESS.

Duration:00:45:48

Liftoff 70: An All-Inclusive Space Hotel

4/10/2018
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This week, Stephen and Jason are joined by space and technology reporter Swapna Krishna to catch up on a whole bunch of news, including the James Webb Telescope's latest schedule slip, SpaceX's recent tangling with NOAA, Commercial Crew changes and more.

Duration:00:46:21

Liftoff 69: The World's Largest Flying Tuning Fork

3/27/2018
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This week: NASA's new budget and Apollo 6.

Duration:00:38:23

Liftoff 68: In Tune With Your System

3/13/2018
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This week, Stephen and Jason are joined by Holly Griffith, a Mechanical Engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where she works on the Safety for the Life Support Systems for the new Orion capsule.

Duration:00:42:33

Liftoff 67: Paranoia and a Courtesy Laugh

2/28/2018
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From a HI-SEAS mishap to an exoplanet getting blasted by its host star, it's news round-up time on Liftoff this week.

Duration:00:47:51

Liftoff 66: Fancy Ballast

2/14/2018
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Stephen and Jason talk about their recent #NASASocial trips, and what the agency's new budget and direction may mean for the International Space Station, Mars and more.

Duration:01:20:24

Liftoff 65: Zombie Satellites

1/30/2018
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This week, Jason and Stephen catch up on some weird satellite and exoplanet news before walking through Apollo 4 and 5.

Duration:00:37:48

Liftoff 64: Remembering Apollo 1

1/16/2018
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This week, we recount the Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

Duration:00:39:46

Liftoff 63: It Looks Like a Soup Can

1/3/2018
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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy has been erected at 39-A, while NASA moves forward with its New Frontiers finalists. Then, Apollo flight hardware and the mighty Saturn V.

Duration:01:00:25

Liftoff 62: Get Out of Low Earth Orbit

12/19/2017
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After wading through a busy fortnight's news including Trump's lunar directive, Stephen and Jason wrap up their series on Project Gemini.

Duration:00:55:36

Liftoff 61: Sleepover in Space

12/5/2017
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Elon Musk has been tweeting about payloads and Rocket Lab prepares for another launch. That, and Gemini 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Duration:00:49:06

Liftoff 60: Crumbs Are Bad

11/21/2017
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New spacecraft is being tested, and we had a weird visitor from outside the solar system. That, plus the first crewed Gemini missions (complete with secret beef sandwiches) this fortnight.

Duration:00:44:17

Liftoff 59: Kinda Bananas and Super Dangerous

11/7/2017
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SpaceX is returning to Launch Complex 40 and the GRACE mission is coming to an end while Dawn has a new lease on life. Then, discussion of the Gemini capsule and the two uncrewed launches of the program.

Duration:00:34:19