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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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United States

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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 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


Liftoff 58: Getting in on the Moon Money

10/24/2017
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Blue Origin is firing up its new rocket engine as Bigelow is talking about inflatable lunar stations. Then, the recent LIGO announcement and some background on Project Gemini.

Duration: 00:44:41


Liftoff 57: A Realistic View

10/10/2017
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LIGO is busy with gravitational waves, Elon Musk is busy talking about SpaceX's future and Mike Pence has his eye on the moon.

Duration: 00:47:44


Liftoff 56: A Guy and a Grease Pencil

9/26/2017
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This fortnight: damage to the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico, a Mars sample return proposal and the final two Mercury flights.

Duration: 00:29:52


Liftoff 55: Fireflies

9/12/2017
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Stephen and Jason are back to discuss the end of Cassini and Jim Bridenstine, who appears to be Trump's pick for NASA Administrator. After that, they journey into orbit with John Glenn and Scott Carpenter.

Duration: 00:45:04


Liftoff 54: Live from the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

8/22/2017
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Stephen and Jason both witnessed the 2017 total solar eclipse. They recorded throughout the event and sat down to compare notes the next day.

Duration: 00:27:18


Liftoff 53: More Sevens

8/15/2017
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This fortnight, 2014 MU69 comes into focus, SLS has a new paint job and Stephen and Jason talk about the two rockets used in Project Mercury and the first two crewed American spaceflights.

Duration: 00:43:58


Liftoff 52: Missed by Half an Inch

8/1/2017
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After going over some last-minute eclipse planning notes, Stephen and Jason start a new series looking at NASA's pre-shuttle crewed missions, starting with testing for Project Mercury and America's first astronauts.

Duration: 00:31:31


Liftoff 51: Dark Matter, with Dr. Katie Mack

7/18/2017
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Jason and Stephen are joined by Dr. Katie Mack, a theoretical astrophysicist working at the University of Melbourne on dark matter and the potential it has to change our understanding of the universe, physics and more.

Duration: 00:45:43


Liftoff 50: A Science Skateboard

7/5/2017
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There are a bunch of milestones to celebrate this week: Juno's been at Jupiter for a year, Stephen built his LEGO Saturn V and Pathfinder landed on Mars 20 years ago.

Duration: 00:48:21


Liftoff 49: A Feel-good Mission About the Sun

6/20/2017
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This fortnight, our intrepid explorers talk about NEEMO, newly-discovered exoplanets and the Parker Solar Probe.

Duration: 00:34:14


Liftoff 48: Hidden Figures

6/6/2017
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Jason and Stephen discuss the 2016 film *Hidden Figures.*

Duration: 00:57:55


Liftoff 47: Eclipses: Orbits Aren't Perfect

5/23/2017
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This week, Jason and Stephen talk about lunar and solar eclipses in preparation of a total solar eclipse in North America coming up in August.

Duration: 00:52:36


Liftoff 46: Team Pluto on the March

5/9/2017
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This fortnight, Jason and Stephen cover a possible future Pluto mission, SLS delays and the X-37B spaceplane.

Duration: 00:31:59


Liftoff 45: Interested in Looking Awesome

4/26/2017
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This fortnight we discuss Cassini's daring death dives inside Saturn's rings before the end of its mission, exciting news from our solar system's ocean moons and hints of a change in planning for future exploration of Mars.

Duration: 00:43:35


Liftoff 44: Voyager

4/11/2017
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After visiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the Voyager probes are now probing the very edges of our solar system — and beyond.

Duration: 00:35:55


Liftoff 43: Release the Ice Mole

3/28/2017
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This fortnight brings a flight-proven Falcon 9 launch, news about Enceladus' ice sheets and the return of the mighty RS-25.

Duration: 00:31:12


Liftoff 42: You Don't Wanna Hit a Moon

3/14/2017
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This fortnight, Jason and Stephen catch up the news coming out of Washington D.C. and Blue Origin, and then consider what the Europa Clipper mission could mean.

Duration: 00:41:15

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