The other day David posted a video of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson has become a passionate and outspoken advocate for NASA and continued space exploration. His distinct voice, his intellect and, I daresay, his race, have made him extremely popular on the speaking circuit. Someone put together a video that collects many of his quotes and it is a powerful piece. See below:
I am not a scientist, but as a child I had an immense interest in science, especially exploration. I had a book that talked about underwater exploration and imagined whole communities under our oceans. I liked to read about polar explorers. Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark and Jedediah Smith were early heroes. I was smitten with explorer-archaeologists and only learned this was an extinct breed when I became an archaeologist myself. And of course there was space. I spent hours pouring over my grandparents collection of National Geographic magazines and following the space program. I never thought the United States would reach such a low point in our plans for future discovery.
Some important points that Tyson makes:
- “NASA’s entire budget is 4/10 of one penny on a tax dollar.”
- “The $850 bank bailout…is greater than the entire 50-year running budget of NASA.”
- “You are removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow.”
Investment in space is not just about dreams – it drives real innovation. That alone makes the investment worth it. Additionally it inspires future scientists and this is perhaps the greatest payoff.