Cosmic Queries – The New Space Race with Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • Published: 27 September 2019
  • Without the fear and clashing political ideologies of the Cold War to fuel a space race, what will fuel the “new” space race? On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with comic co-host Ray Ellin to explore what will push human space exploration further out into the solar system.

    You’ll learn why the United States’ history as space “pioneers” needs adjusting. We investigate why we haven’t gone back to the Moon in decades. Find out if the Moon would be a good launching and refueling station for missions going further out. You’ll hear why human endeavors on Mars will require survival based on Martian resources. We also explore why traveling to another star, like Alpha Centauri, will take more rocket power than we have currently, possibly even requiring a development like warp drives.

    Explore why the Space Force is not necessarily a crazy idea, and why it partially exists already. We talk about the possible activities of the Space Force, and whether or not they might include cleaning up space junk. Brush up on the International Space Treaty of 1967 as we ponder what would happen if another country destroyed the flag planted by the United States on the Moon. We also address the question, “Can you own space?”

    Get details on NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection and how it protects the Earth and other celestial bodies from contaminating each other. Discover more about which countries might be involved in a “new” space race and whether there’s any merit to the idea of sending world leaders into space. We also discuss if this new space race should even be framed as a “race.” All that, plus, Neil shares his thoughts on why exploring space should eventually be like exploring your own backyard.

    This episode originally aired as a podcast on February 22, 2019

    #SpaceRace #NeildeGrasseTyson #SpaceForce
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Comments • 601

  • Akanaro O.O
    Akanaro O.O  4 hours back

    Well, here's the thing. Quantum Field Theorists keep telling us there are all these other realities. Then you have quite a number of people who are firm in their belief that the earth is flat. So, I have come to the conclusion that some people live or have lived in a different reality where the earth was indeed flat and then somehow they ended up here. Perhaps when science can actually figure out what reality is people will stop getting lost in other realities. :p

    • Gregg_J
      Gregg_J  5 hours back

      Ray is great.

      • andy huf
        andy huf  8 hours back

        sorry Neil i believe your wrong we will continue to go space mars and more because of resources when they discover all the riches out there the greed will be hi, platinum, iron and so much out there. ill never understand why he doubts our space endeavors

        • Dutch Eve
          Dutch Eve  1 days back

          I listen to StarTalk when my mind is driving me nuts. It's a moment to let go of whatever is bothering me and to just listen.

          • terry Sullivan
            terry Sullivan  1 days back

            You talk about return on investment regarding Elon Musk but Space X is not a public company and is totally controlled by Elon. If NASA doesn't participate, and I think it will, he will finance the trip to Mars himself. Might take until the late 2020's but he would do it on his own dime if he has to. By then his net worth, that of Space X etc., could very well be in the hundreds of Billions. The majority of that will not be Space X or Tesla cars, or Tesla Energy. It will be his Earth spanning low orbit telecom neural link satellite network. By the way; there are plenty of very rich folks who would invest in such an enterprise for the goal without any anticipation of profit. There's already one Japanese billionaire financing a round the moon trip.

            • terry Sullivan
              terry Sullivan  1 days back

              Ray Ellin is too scientifically illiterate for this.

              • terry Sullivan
                terry Sullivan  1 days back

                Would it not be better to make Methane with the Hydrogen and the CO2 from Mars atmosphere ?

                • Josh Woods
                  Josh Woods  1 days back

                  dont get me wrong i love neil even have a few of his books, but man does he love people complimenting him, also i noticed on the 2nd joe rogan podcast he kept interrupting him and almost punching down on his intelligence

                  • ordinary Bear
                    ordinary Bear  1 days back

                    Mirror lakes and then the Bolivian salt flats! Go and have a look . . . . . . Horizon based on horizontal these words mean something.

                    • ordinary Bear
                      ordinary Bear  1 days back

                      Combustion doesn't work in vacuum or near vacuum. This actor is controlled by his past. Submariners know ask a veteran, water is level, I have asked 70 military personnel, No Globe.

                      • Tom Beaven
                        Tom Beaven  2 days back

                        People that get all bent out of shape because they sent dogs and monnkeys to space before human are retarded

                        • Tom Beaven
                          Tom Beaven  2 days back

                          I like to get into Katey parrys space

                          • KingDave Durosier
                            KingDave Durosier  2 days back

                            Russians also spent the first rover on mars.

                            • Louman 11
                              Louman 11  2 days back

                              terrible and not funny

                              • Paul Adams
                                Paul Adams  3 days back

                                I love Neil but he's wrong about the business case for going to Mars. If Elon had a practical monopoly on the planet's resources then used automated mining equipment to exploit its vast mineral resources there would be $trillions to be made. Elon is a self-taught rock engineer with SpaceX, a self-taught mining engineer with the boring company, he was programming competently as a child and is the founder of Open AI. If anyone was to pull off the commercial exploitation of Mars, it's Elon.

                                • Ada Darling
                                  Ada Darling  3 days back

                                  The Mistreatment of the Darkest Matter...Darkest Mother...Black enough evidence to show that humans do not deserve access to extraterrestrial intelligence. To kill the source is the most ignorant act known to man.

                                  • Ada Darling
                                    Ada Darling  3 days back

                                    I didn't know Chandler was into Astrophysics.

                                    • Sam
                                      Sam  3 days back

                                      That's only part of why they set world records at the Olympics. Other factors include that you need timed test conditions with top notch equipment, which generally is not there for training. And then the biggest factor is that they specifically train so they will be at their peak at that specific event. That should generally be the best chance for them to perform because their workout schedule is set up to make that their peak.

                                      • bRandomFPV
                                        bRandomFPV  4 days back

                                        Wait we went to the moon?

                                        • Paul Mohr
                                          Paul Mohr  4 days back

                                          I was under the impression space followed something very close maritime law. Am I wrong about this?

                                          • Phillip Alvarado
                                            Phillip Alvarado  4 days back

                                            Do u think Neil degrasse Tyson takes acid

                                            • Jeff Newcomb
                                              Jeff Newcomb  5 days back

                                              I'm glad Elon Musk doesn't give two shits about whether or not there's profit in going to the Moon or Mars.

                                              • Righteous One
                                                Righteous One  5 days back

                                                I wonder what's his view on the movie/true story "Hidden Figures"

                                                • Xeperu
                                                  Xeperu  5 days back

                                                  Aw, Neil thinks there are more world leaders than flat earthers on this planet, cute <3

                                                  • Andre Anderson
                                                    Andre Anderson  5 days back

                                                    Time stamps are the best

                                                    • 32revia
                                                      32revia  5 days back

                                                      Must be nice to not get interrupted constantly on your own show.

                                                      • Stephen Paul
                                                        Stephen Paul  5 days back

                                                        Two questions: 1) would long term Martian sttlers have to take lifetime supplies of condoms? 2) what was the orientation of the sun and moon to the orbit of the Apollo 11 module piloted by Collins?

                                                        • Stephen Paul
                                                          Stephen Paul  5 days back

                                                          Two questions: 1) would long term Martian sttlers have to take lifetime supplies of condoms? 2) what was the orientation of the sun and moon to the orbit of the Apollo 11 module piloted by Collins?

                                                          • Stephen Paul
                                                            Stephen Paul  5 days back

                                                            Two questions: 1) would long term Martian sttlers have to take lifetime supplies of condoms? 2) what was the orientation of the sun and moon to the orbit of the Apollo 11 module piloted by Collins?

                                                            • Stephen Paul
                                                              Stephen Paul  5 days back

                                                              Two questions: 1) would long term Martian sttlers have to take lifetime supplies of condoms? 2) what was the orientation of the sun and moon to the orbit of the Apollo 11 module piloted by Collins?

                                                              • Stephen Paul
                                                                Stephen Paul  5 days back

                                                                Two questions: 1) would long term Martian sttlers have to take lifetime supplies of condoms? 2) what was the orientation of the sun and moon to the orbit of the Apollo 11 module piloted by Collins?

                                                                • Manpreet Bhattee
                                                                  Manpreet Bhattee  5 days back

                                                                  We should act as a planetary species - Carl Sagan.

                                                                  • Akanaro O.O
                                                                    Akanaro O.O  5 hours back

                                                                    We will never be able to do that. It is our very nature that drives us to distrust, hate and make war on anyone not belonging to our tribe. Perhaps one day there will only be one tribe left. Some will promptly decide they are better than others of their tribe and start their own tribe. And so we go back to warring tribes. Why? Because we need a natural enemy to keep population numbers in check. We have only ourselves to compete against so we're wired to make war. The only way it ever stops is if we find intelligent life on another planet that match our strength or even surpass it. Then we will unite, kick their teeth in and once they are all dead we will return to making war on each other as if nothing happened. Sounds rather depressing but that's what it is. We're creatures of war.

                                                                • Per-Olof Andersson-Borrebæk

                                                                  Historically, warships have been required to back up any colonial claims here on Earth. Will colonization in space necessarily lead to our first space war?

                                                                  • G11B
                                                                    G11B  6 days back

                                                                    Damn 3 minutes in and Tyson is wrong. GERMANS calculated and tested everything prior to any launch to space. Don't give the USSR credit for the scientist's work whom were stolen from Germany. In fact, NASA was established by/with Germans as well. The "space race" was between captive 'Russian' Germans, and captive 'American' Germans. Learn your history, Tyson.

                                                                    • Michael Manu
                                                                      Michael Manu  6 days back

                                                                      Mindless jabber to avoid answering real questions

                                                                      • Jasmin Busevac
                                                                        Jasmin Busevac  6 days back


                                                                        • Alejandro Moreno
                                                                          Alejandro Moreno  7 days back

                                                                          Wasn't Neil always crying that the science community was getting nowhere because no funds were ever given to them?

                                                                          • Glenn Millam
                                                                            Glenn Millam  7 days back

                                                                            Here’s the thing I don’t think you get about Elon Musk. The business case, the profit, is going to Mars and making a permanent base. That’s it. Starlink, the COTS program, commercial launch, the “dear Moon” mission, the idea of turning Starship into a suborbital “spaceline,’” all these things are merely money-making projects to fund the real profit of SpaceX which is to occupy Mars and make humans multiplanetary. Of course there is no money in going to Mars. That isn’t the point. Musk was rich to begin with. He wants to die knowing we are on Mars.

                                                                            • Mr Scratch
                                                                              Mr Scratch  7 days back

                                                                              Nerds! 😂😂😂😂

                                                                              • Evan102030
                                                                                Evan102030  1 weeks back

                                                                                You need fuel to stop at Langrange points too, Neil. And there isn't anything there.

                                                                                • Zameen Z
                                                                                  Zameen Z  1 weeks back


                                                                                  • Marlon Costa
                                                                                    Marlon Costa  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Tyson Oratio Interruptus....

                                                                                    • timmymwilson
                                                                                      timmymwilson  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Could you not use the moon more as a testing ground for pods for living etc as it's better to test systems and processes in an environment closer to earth ? Also living either on the moon or mars vis a vis bases, isn't there still the question of radiation and how much someone can be exposed too ?

                                                                                      • Tater Farmer
                                                                                        Tater Farmer  1 weeks back

                                                                                        I would call Star Talk fun. More so informative. Brain food is what I like to call it. Keeps me centered while working a mundane job. 👍

                                                                                        • Edmund Singleton
                                                                                          Edmund Singleton  1 weeks back

                                                                                          A sixty-one-year-old Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on The
                                                                                          Late Show with Stephen Colbert, after having crawled out from a rock after successfully
                                                                                          managing to free himself from accusatory shackles, to resume his book tour and
                                                                                          televison appearances and thanking his fan base for their continued support throughout,
                                                                                          however, in keeping with current marketing trends, a fresh head of hair dye was
                                                                                          not to be avoided. So, welcome back Neil to this so called ‘real world’…we do look
                                                                                          forward too your many more books and television appearances…

                                                                                          • V God
                                                                                            V God  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Seriously Neil have you not seen anyone's correction about the Dark Side Of The Moon over the years you have had this misinterpretation? That's not what they meant!!!! Its the unknown, the side of the moon we don't see from Earth

                                                                                            • Wirmish
                                                                                              Wirmish  1 weeks back

                                                                                              Neil deGrasse Tyson have no clue.
                                                                                              Elon will go to Mars.

                                                                                              • Gabriel P
                                                                                                Gabriel P  6 days back

                                                                                                Oh, he will. The only question is: Will it take him 5 or 6 years to do it, or 30/40 years..?? I seriously hope he succeds, but to be fair, he has been making some crazy claims lately. Maybe he achieves what he says he´s going to do, but right now the logical response is to have some doubts.

                                                                                            • Grep My ps
                                                                                              Grep My ps  1 weeks back

                                                                                              I adore NdT! In almost fell off my bed in laughter when he suggested sending the flerfers to space. I love teaching people new things — seeing the light go on once someone understands something new is nothing short of amazing. However, I think the that the majority of flerfers would simply double-down if they were sent to space; given their behavior when presented with factual information, I think it would be highly likely that they would find yet another reason to continue their love affair with ignorance. Keep rocking it, Neil!