Liftoff

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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. Hosted by Jason Snell and Stephen Hackett.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-08-13 22:54
last episode published
2019-08-13 20:30
publication frequency
13.89 days
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Number of Episodes
106
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Episodes

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Hallowed Ground

Stephen and Jason report in after their field trip to Space Center Houston and Johnson Space Center, which included seeing several spacecraft and visiting the restored Apollo Mission Control room.
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A Beautiful Rocket Butterfly

As 2024 gets closer and closer, NASA is hard at work on SLS and Orion, but is also partnering with several companies to move several projects forward in parallel. Stephen and Jason then mark the passing of NASA's first Flight Director, Chris Kraft.
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Apollo 11

50 years ago, humans first set foot on the moon. The work of the crew of Apollo 11 has inspired people for five decades, and their legacy continues to shine on today. In this episode, Stephen and Jason discuss three aspects of the mission that aren’t a...
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Important Business Meetings

Orion and the Mobile Launch Platform are making progress, InSight's struggles continue and NASA is sending a 8-rotor drone to Saturn's moon Titan.
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Behind the Back Fence

The Artemis Budget is becoming more and more real, as NASA promotes the number of companies involved in building its hardware. Elsewhere, ESA is preparing to go to Jupiter with the JUICE robotic mission and Bigelow has big plans for the ISS.
Jason Snell and Stephen Hackett author
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There's Nobody in Charge

Jason and Stephen discuss the debate around Starlink and its impact on astronomy, cover the latest GAO report and talk about the importance of Commercial Moon Landing Services.
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Apollo 10

In May 1969, Tom Stafford, John Young and Gene Cernan took their Apollo spacecraft within 48,000 feet of the lunar service.
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The Moon is Having a Moment

This fortnight: checking in on the SLS' test procedures and the on-going planning to return to the moon in 2024, and then a dose of planetary defense.
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The Titans Who Live There

Stephen and Jason talk the news, from blackholes to Beresheet, and spacesuits to backronyms. Then, a bit about the Crew Dragon anomaly.
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Probably Not Space Cows

Rocket Lab has a new satellite platform, while methane cycles have been measured on Mars. Elsewhere, NASA continues to work through the details of its new 2024 lunar goal and 2007 OR10 needs a name.
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The Red Flag

Vice President Mike Pence has challenged NASA to return to the moon within five years.
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A Planned Countdown Hold

The guys talk through a few stories that didn't make Episode 95, including what's going on with Boeing's Starliner and Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser, as well as Bennu's habit of spewing material into space.
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Budget Season

Stephen and Jason get into the details of the proposed 2020 NASA budget, the future of the SLS rocket, then review the film *Apollo 11.*
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Liftoff 92: Apollo 9

In March 1969, Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott and Rusty Schweickart were the first astronauts to fly the Lunar Module, proving that this vital spacecraft was ready to take a crew to the moon — and help bring them home.
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Liftoff 91: Shoot and Hope

Jason and Stephen catch up on the news, then talk about the Pioneer and Ranger programs.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Liftoff 84: Emotions of Distant Galaxies

NASA says goodbye to two spacecraft and Stephen and Jason review *First Man.*
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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.
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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.
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Liftoff 81: Lasers Are the Best

From a Californian satellite and the retirement of the Delta II to Hayabusa and Opportunity updates, it's been a busy couple of weeks. Plus, a review of Hulu's *The First.*
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Liftoff 80: Little Caesars Mars Probe

Recent space news is all weird: Elon Musk's questionable podcast appearance, NASA looking into selling naming rights on its hardware, and a leak on the ISS.
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Liftoff 79: The Final Bridge to Crewed Flight

NASA is inching toward crewed flights, with its Mobile Launcher Platform coming together and cis-lunar Gateway plans coming together, all while SpaceX and Boeing races to complete its crewed hardware. Elsewhere, Spitzer celebrates 15 years in space and...
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Liftoff 78: Shed Some Sunlight on It

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.
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Liftoff 77: Belly Flop Situation

What goes around, comes around: The James Webb Telescope, water on Mars and the Space Force are all back in the news.
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Liftoff 76: Talking Curiosity with Emily Lakdawalla

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.*
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Liftoff 75: Not a Guy, a Box

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.
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Liftoff 74: Scientific Research and Glory

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.
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Liftoff 73: No Party Beyond the Event Horizon

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.
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Liftoff 72: Into the Black

InSight is headed to Mars, the SLS Segment has a name, and Jason and Stephen read *Into the Black,* by Rowland White.
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Liftoff 71: A 322-foot Football

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.
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Liftoff 70: An All-Inclusive Space Hotel

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 mor...
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Liftoff 69: The World's Largest Flying Tuning Fork

This week: NASA's new budget and Apollo 6.
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Liftoff 68: In Tune With Your System

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.
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Liftoff 67: Paranoia and a Courtesy Laugh

From a HI-SEAS mishap to an exoplanet getting blasted by its host star, it's news round-up time on Liftoff this week.
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Liftoff 66: Fancy Ballast

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.
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Liftoff 65: Zombie Satellites

This week, Jason and Stephen catch up on some weird satellite and exoplanet news before walking through Apollo 4 and 5.
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Liftoff 64: Remembering Apollo 1

This week, we recount the Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
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Liftoff 63: It Looks Like a Soup Can

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.
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Liftoff 62: Get Out of Low Earth Orbit

After wading through a busy fortnight's news including Trump's lunar directive, Stephen and Jason wrap up their series on Project Gemini.
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Liftoff 61: Sleepover in Space

Elon Musk has been tweeting about payloads and Rocket Lab prepares for another launch. That, and Gemini 6, 7, 8 and 9.
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21.11.2017

Liftoff 60: Crumbs Are Bad

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.
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7.11.2017

Liftoff 59: Kinda Bananas and Super Dangerous

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.
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24.10.2017

Liftoff 58: Getting in on the Moon Money

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.
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10.10.2017

Liftoff 57: A Realistic View

LIGO is busy with gravitational waves, Elon Musk is busy talking about SpaceX's future and Mike Pence has his eye on the moon.
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26.09.2017

Liftoff 56: A Guy and a Grease Pencil

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