SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to put humans on Mars in the next 10 to 15 years. Renowned astrophysicist and StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't think a private enterprise, such as SpaceX, could ever lead a space frontier.
Humans have set foot on the moon and NASA has sent multiple rovers to Mars. So, where should we go next? Astrophysicist and StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to explore deep space. More specifically, Tyson wants to visit Europa – a moon of Jupiter which is believed to have an ocean of water beneath its surface.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is the world's most famous astrophysicist, and he is a HUGE Trekkie. The host of StarTalk Radio is a fan of science fiction and futuristic movies, and of Star Trek in particular. Considering his love for space and science, that's no surprise.
"Gravity" busted a bunch of box office records this weekend. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson is not impressed. He's Tweeting all the scientific inaccuracies he spotted in the film. Some seem consequential. Others...less so.
President Barack Obama wants to send astronauts to asteroids, and he's even giving NASA $100 million to figure out a way to lasso asteroids. As ridiculous as that might sound, world renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson praises Obama's and NASA's asteroid retrieval initiative.
A lot of people ask StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson if extraterrestrial life exists and why haven't we encountered any alien life yet. "Maybe they have visited us in Times Square," Tyson tells us. "But no one noticed because everybody who hangs out in Times Square is just a little crazy." A more serious concern, though, is that maybe humans are so stupid and uncivilized that aliens have decided we're not worth encountering.
When it comes to space travel, Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to go to "the moon, Mars, or beyond." Taking a trip on Richard Branson's spaceship for tourists, Virgin Galactic, isn't good enough for the host of StarTalk Radio, though. Sure, Virgin Galactic passengers will get a nice view of the stars and they can say that they've been to space, but the trip just barely touches space.