Neil deGrasse Tyson on NASA and Space

Monday, March 05, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses NASA and the future of space travel, now that NASA has put human space flight on hold. In Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier , he shares his thoughts on topics from the missteps that shaped the recent history of space travel to how aliens, if they existed, might go about finding us.



Neil deGrasse Tyson

Comments [16]

Amy from Manhattan

Andrew, I think Dr. Tyson's point was that there aren't ecosystems on other planets & on asteroids that human activity could do harm to (well, some might say we don't know for sure if there's any life on Mars), & that it would be better for ecosystems on Earth if the activities that degrade Earth were taking place somewhere else. For people going to those other places to live (which I think would be far more difficult to make happen than sending people who never get out of their spacesuits), the plans could be set up so the "degrading" activities wouldn't impinge on the living areas, assuming it was done right (which it might not be).

Mar. 05 2012 02:08 PM
joan from Astoria

Love listening to deGrasse Tyson. He has great enthusiasm and such passion for space.

Mar. 05 2012 01:54 PM
Laura from UWS

Outer Space Mining?
We do a lousy job enforcing mining safety regulations on Earth, so why does he think it could be regulated in Space?

Mar. 05 2012 01:54 PM
John A.

the best science fiction movie ever? Name your favorite.

Mar. 05 2012 01:52 PM
Maggie from Nj

Physicists I sspeak to say humans being sent to out of space is not valuable to science compared to space probes and any unmanned exloration. Why are you so supportive of sending humans to space.

Mar. 05 2012 01:44 PM
Anthony Drago from Jackson Heights, NYC

Lenny, you are mispronouncing the name of the editor. It's "Ah-vis" Lang, not "A-vis" like the rent-a-car. Avis is an acquaintance of mine.

Mar. 05 2012 01:44 PM
Andrew W from New Zealand

If we begin to inhabit Mars won't we end up degrading it like we have Earth?

Mar. 05 2012 01:38 PM
Andrew Wright

Won't we just end up degrading Mars like we have Earth?

Mar. 05 2012 01:37 PM
Peregrine from Brooklyn

Ask about Space X. They are building the next vehicle and have a contract from NASA.

Mar. 05 2012 01:36 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

To prioritize NASA lower, as we recover economically, is not to necessarily sleep on its scientific/ societal benefits. There are also other things carrying substantial benefit that we can't afford right now.

Mar. 05 2012 01:36 PM
John A.

How close would a passing asteroid have to get to trigger a mission to defend us against it, along with the financing of course?

Mar. 05 2012 01:35 PM
JT from LI

NASA needs to get better at PR. I was lucky enough to see one of the last shuttle launches and saw signs all over the Kennedy Space Center touting NASA achievements and contributions to everyday life. My wife and I are science geeks and we didn't know about half of the contributions. Instead of posting this information all over the space center they should have it all over the web site, on Wikipedia and in schools. People don't really know what NASA has given us and it's all NASA's fault.

Mar. 05 2012 01:34 PM
john from office

I met Mr. Tyson on Broadway in downtown NYC. What a nice guy, very open and did not mind saying hello.

Mar. 05 2012 01:34 PM
Tom P from NYC

I'm in, as long as Mr. Tyson is running Nasa.

Mar. 05 2012 01:34 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Mr. Tyson is speaking as if there is no one in America still working on putting people into space. The fact is are a number of private companies, owned by wealthy people, who are indeed working on and making headway into making space travel more practical and affordable. In fact, NASA is "outsourcing" the development of next generation space capsules to SpaceX, a private company. There is no good reason why the taxpayer has to fund an expanding NASA. It can and should be done more in the private sector, as indeed is happening.

Mar. 05 2012 01:31 PM
Matt from Brooklyn

Mr. deGrasse Tyson is an American hero.

My question will be a bit off-topic, but I'm curious as to the status of his update/sequel of Sagan's "Cosmos" series. What are his expectations in creating it for a new audience, and what does he plan to cover? (and, most importantly, when will it air?)

Mar. 05 2012 12:47 PM

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