joins 'This Week in Space' podcast on TWiT and you can tune in now

"This Week in Space" is a new space podcast with Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik.
"This Week in Space" is a new space podcast with Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik. (Image credit: TWiT)

A new space podcast covers all the latest and greatest space news with expert commentary and a "humorous twist."

"This Week in Space," hosted by author Rod Pyle and Editor-in-Chief Tariq Malik, premieres today (March 4) on the TWiT podcast network (opens in new tab) and can also be streamed on Spotify (opens in new tab), Apple Podcasts (opens in new tab) and Google Podcasts (opens in new tab)

"We're thrilled to welcome 'This Week in Space' to the TWiT Podcast Network," said Leo Laporte, founder of, said in a statement. "It's such an exciting time in space exploration and Rod and Tariq are perfect guides to this new era in space."

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In today's episode, called "Atomic Rockets," Pyle and Malik will look at the history of nuclear-powered spacecraft and Project Orion, which planned to build a spacecraft that ran on atomic bombs in the 1950s and 1960s (not to be confused with NASA's new Orion crew capsule). 

"The Orion spacecraft was intended to be huge and could have carried a crew of maybe 70 lantern-jawed military types in La-Z-Boy recliners and sumptuous comfort," Pyle said in the statement. "Sadly, it was not to be. But what a glorious vision!"

New episodes will air weekly on Fridays and will dive into a variety of space topics, including the latest developments in spaceflight and space tourism. 

"In 20 years of reporting, I've never seen a time more alive with possibilities for space exploration and I look forward to talking through the latest giant leaps with Rod on 'This Week in Space,'" Malik said in the same statement. "It's clear to me we won't run out of things to talk about!"

Malik joined in 2001, and Pyle has been writing for (opens in new tab) since 2012. Pyle is also the editor-in-chief of "Ad Astra (opens in new tab)," the official magazine of the National Space Society, and he has authored several books (opens in new tab) on space exploration.

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Hanneke Weitering

Hanneke Weitering is an editor at with 10 years of experience in science journalism. She has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.