Patt Morrison for March 6, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s space race pep talk

W. W. Norton & Co Inc

Neil deGrasse Tyson is something like a rock star in the world of astrophysics. While many of his colleagues toil away doing research and teaching in classrooms, Tyson is an evangelist for space exploration with an unparalleled ability to make lofty science subjects fun and interesting to people who may not spend a lot of time contemplating the cosmos. In his new book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier, Tyson points out some glaring holes in America’s space program in the aftermath of the now-defunct space shuttle program using his trademark enthusiasm, razor intellect and affable manner. Tyson argues that NASA and the space program have shaped our national identity and regularly pushed our society and our imaginations forward - and that we need to keep reaching for the stars.

WEIGH IN:

What is the state of the American space program? Can a new space race kick start the economy and foster a sense of national unity?

Guest:

Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History; host of Nova scienceNOW on PBS and StarTalk, a radio science show; author of “Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier”


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