The 7 Best Podcasts about Space

Best podcasts about Space

The 7 Best Podcasts about Space

Key Points:
  • Planetary Radio visits with the scientists, engineers, advocates, and astronauts that are taking us to the final frontier each week.
  • NASA’S Curious Universe is guided by NASA astronauts and engineers, exploring a different aspect of space travel or research each week.
  • In The National Air and Space Museum podcast, Emily, Matt, and Nick demystify and explore why people are so fascinated with stories of exploration, innovation, and discovery.

Are you an aspiring astronaut, astrophysicist, or just absolutely love space? Well, you are in the right spot. In this article, we will be talking about 7 of the best space podcasts. So whether you want to stay up to date on the newest space news or like to learn new things, we have covered you.

This list will only be covering podcasts that deal with the non-fiction space. But if you are looking for a more fantastical space podcast, be sure to check out our 7 best podcasts about science fiction.

This list is in no particular order, so do not think of the order as a ranking. But, much like a mother of multiple children, we love all of these podcasts equally.

7. Houston We Have A Podcast

In Houston We Have A Podcast explores the world of human space flight with interviews with real astronauts and NASA crew. If you have always been interested in the behind-the-scenes of NASA and hear what it takes to be there, this podcast is for you. Explore in-depth interviews with astronauts, engineers, and scientist that makes it all possible.

NASA itself produces this podcast, so you can trust the information you are learning. And do not worry about running out of episodes anytime soon. There are currently 253 episodes and more coming out every week.

Listen to Houston We Have A Podcast on Apple Podcasts.

6. Planetary Radio

Planetary Radio visits with the scientists, engineers, advocates, and astronauts that are taking us to the final frontier each week. For people that aren’t deeply immersed in space news, they also have people on the show that you might recognize from time to time, like Bill Nye.

The features on this show, like the occasional trivia contest, keep you well informed and entertained. Just like the vastness of space, the episodes of Planetary Radio are numerous. An episode is released every Wednesday. And on the first Friday of every month, Mat, the host, and The Planetary Society’s Chief Advocate, Casey Dreier, dive deep into the policy and politics behind what we do and where we go in space.

5. Space4U

Space4U is a perfect show for people that don’t want to hear about the technical minutia of space. Listen to casual and non-technical conversations with space professionals as they tell their part of the space story, and explore how space is also for you!

For example, their latest episode is with Danny Jaques, creator of Danny’s Rocket Ranch Space Salsa. Danny doesn’t have much space experience, but it is nice to hear from someone who isn’t a total expert in the field.

While Space4U might seem like a less informative show than the previous two, you will learn about how casual space lovers got into it and how space is for everyone. Unfortunately, they seem to be on a hiatus now, with their most recent episode coming out in February. But do not worry; they have a reasonably extensive catalog to make your way through.

4. SpaceBase Podcast

SpaceBase is a social, purpose-driven group focused on democratizing access to space. In their own words, “Our vision is to live in a world where space plays a critical role in addressing planetary challenges, and provides the pathway for unlimited resources and economic benefits. “

If you want to back SpaceBase more than just listening to their podcast, we heartily recommend becoming a Patreon member for them. It gives them more direct funding to make their goal a reality, and the perks are a nice bonus.

SpaceBase’s podcast fully lives up to this goal, having interviews with a wide variety of people, from space enthusiasts to aerospace specialists. SpaceBase releases episodes every month starting in November 2019, and their library does not disappoint.

3. NASA’s Curious Universe

NASA’S Curious Universe is perfect for that first-time space explorer. Guided by NASA astronauts and engineers, you explore the stars and your curiosity. Each week they explore a different aspect of space travel or research. Not only is this perfect for the young astronaut in your life, but also for us adults.

Information is exquisitely presented in NASA’s Curious Universe, especially for a budding space explorer. With a reasonably extensive library and new weekly episodes, you can get lost in your curiosity with this podcast.

Watch NASA’s Curious Universe on Apple Podcasts.

2. AirSpace

The National Air and Space Museum contains the world’s most significant and most extensive air and spacecraft collection. Join Emily, Matt, and Nick as they go over the thousands of stories behind these machines. The three hosts demystify and explore why people are so fascinated with stories of exploration, innovation, and discovery.

Even though AirSpace doesn’t exclusively focus on space, it is well worth a listen. Especially because without aircraft, there would be no space travel or spacecraft. So do not miss out on this weekly show; it is well worth the listen, and the hosts have a fun dynamic.

1. Liftoff

Liftoff is a podcast about space, the universe, and everything. Good thing you do not have to be a rocket scientist to understand the significant developments in space technology. Especially when presented by Stephen Hackett and Jason Snell. Two enthusiastic space fans that make space fun and easy to understand.

Please do not sleep on Liftoff. The variety of space topics they cover is bound to pique your interest at least a couple of times. Explore their 169 episodes covering all things from current space news to the history of aerospace.

Blast Off Into a New Podcast: Conclusion

If you are a space enthusiast who wants to take your love of space to the next level, check out these 7 podcasts we talked about today. But just as the universe is vast, so are podcasts. So if none of these tickled your fancy today, do not fret. There are plenty more space-based podcasts out there.

It is worth noting that for some reason we could not find out, the NASA-produced podcasts are not available to listen to on Spotify. So if one of those was your pick and you only use Spotify, we recommend using Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

So go and explore and brand new world of podcasts that will help you learn more about the universe around you and the history that made these monumental steps possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does NASA have a podcast?

NASA has multiple podcasts, two of which were mentioned in this list. Houston We Have a Podcast and NASA’s Curious Universe.

What are some good podcast topics?

Statista’s 2021 reports state that the top 5 podcast topics include comedy, news, true crime, sport, and health/fitness.

How do podcasts make money?

The primary way podcasts make money is through sponsorship deals. But some podcasts, like SpaceBase’s podcast, offer Patreon memberships, which give the creators more direct payment. With the price of a Patreon membership, you will receive bonus content or some reward.

How long should podcasts be?

The length of your podcast also depends on your subject, industry, or genre. It could be that around 15-20 minutes perfect for your listeners. But maybe your specific audience wants more in-depth, exploratory information, in which case, 45-90 minutes would provide more value.

Does SpaceX have a podcast?

While SpaceX does not have a podcast, some of their staff or crew have guested on some podcasts. For example, an episode of Houston We Have a Podcast has the SpaceX Dragon crew on.

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