Space has always held me in a bit of fascination.
I can remember even in elementary school, when we would watch the Space Shuttle launches. I remember the devastation of the Challenger and Columbia disasters. I remember one of my classmates who was super into the Space Shuttle program. I remember learning the constellations in Boy Scouts.
Even though I’ve always been interested in Space, I knew that to really get into it, I’d need do some seriously in-depth study in a whole lot of subjects that not only don’t really interest me, but neither do I really have the aptitude for.
So I’ve always just had what I’d call a casual interest.
When I was in school and learning about Space, NASA was the only one I knew of going up into Space. Since then, there is no Space Shuttle program, there are public & private corporations doing Space activities, many other countries are in the game, Pluto has been a planet, not-a-planet and back and forth, we’ve landed things on Mars, we’ve got telescopes in Space and, so many other interesting things have happened.
Like so many other things that we learn in school, the collective activity, technology, progress, media and more regarding Space has changed, evolved, progressed. But when you are no longer in school, you don’t really just "hear" about these things.
At least you might hear a smidgeon of interesting news on the news. But TV is different these days.
For most, if you want to know some details about something, you have to go search for it.
So I have been quite clueless about progress in Space.
That being said, I’ve recently come across a very cool Space podcast that I would recommend for anyone to listen to.
It’s run by a couple of "regular guys" named Stephen Hackett & Jason Snell and, for the reasons stated above, makes it great for me. They are obviously much more educated about the topic than I am, and thus my continued desire to listen.
I learn so much from them on a regular basis and yet I don’t feel like I am being "talked down to."
Instead it’s like listening in on a highly-informative and interesting, yet light and fun conversation about Space and what them science-folks do about it.
Just today I learned about the CST-100 being named "Starliner" and about the Orion program. I learned of these awesome new photos of Pluto thanks to New Horizons and, the knowledge gleaned thus far from them. I learned of some really cool apps, like Did an astronaut enter space? Get a notification! and Luminos.
In short, if you’ve a slight interest in Space like I do, you will love subscribing and listening to Liftoff.
In their own words:
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.