Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump’s Space Force Is Not A Crazy Idea


FOLKS, YOU’VE COME ON A GREAT
NIGHT. MY FIRST GUEST TONIGHT IS
AMERICA’S FAVORITE ASTROPHYSICIST. PLEASE WELCOME THE DIRECTOR OF
THE HAYDEN PLANETARIUM AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL
HISTORY, NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON! ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )
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>>GOTTA DO THE VEST GLI LOVE
YOU’RE WEARING THE VEST DON’T. IF I’M NOT MISTAKEN, YOU DON’T
ALWAYS WEAR THE VEST.>>IF IT’S HOT OUT, I DON’T WEAR
THE VEST. BUT IT’S FREEZING IN THIS
STUDIO.>>Stephen: YOU’RE WELCOME. WE HAVE THE STARS OUT TONIGHT.>>I ALWAYS NOTICE YOUR STARS. THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL. THEY’RE ACCURATE.>>Stephen: AND WE HAVE THE
PLANETS ON THE DOME.>>THOSE ARE NOT ACCURATE.>>Stephen: THEY’RE NOT, BUT
THEY’RE FUN.>>THEY’RE FUN, THEY’RE FUN.>>Stephen: I NEED TO ASK YOU
ABOUT SOMETHING THAT’S HAPPENING BOTH IN SPACE AND IN POLITICS
RIGHT NOW, IF YOU DON’T MIND TOUCHING ON THAT. THE SPACE FORCE THAT DONALD
TRUMP IS VERY EXCITED ABOUT. HE ANNOUNCED SPACE FORCE. PEOPLE MAKE FUN OF IT, I AMONG
THEM.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: I LIKE SPACE
EXPLORATION. I’M EXCITED ABOUT US CONQUERING
SPACE SCIENTIFICALLY AND THROUGH KNOWLEDGE. WHY DO WE NEED THE SPACE FORCE? WHAT DON’T WE UNDERSTAND ABOUT
IT BECAUSE YOU SAY YOU’RE ON BOARD.>>JUST BECAUSE IT CAME OUT OF
TRUMP’S MOUTH, DOESN’T REQUIRE THAT IT THEN BE A CRAZY THING. JUST– I’M JUST SAYING.>>Stephen: IT DON’T HELP.( LAUGHTER )
>>SO —
>>Stephen: BUT WHY DO WE NEED
A SPACE FORCE, NEIL?>>I DON’T HAVE A HORSE IN THAT
RACE. I CAN TELL THAT YOU MANY PEOPLE
ARE THINKING THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE A SPACE FORCE BEFORE, AND NOW
WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A SPACE FORCE. WE HAVE A SPACE FORCE. IT’S CALLED THE UNITED STATES
SPACE COMMAND AND UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE AIR FORCE.>>Stephen: REALLY.>>THE AIR FORCE LAUNCHES
SATELLITES. THE AIR FORCE PUT G.P.S. SATELLITES IN ORBIT.>>Stephen: NASA DIDN’T DO
THAT. THE AIR FORCE DID IT?>>THE AIR FORCE DID IT BECAUSE
IT WAS A MILITARY PROJECT.>>Stephen: AND THEY HAVE THAT
SECRET SPACE PLANE THAT STAYS UP FOR, LIKE, TWO YEARS AT A TIME?>>I CANNOT COMMENT.>>Stephen: THEY DO. IT LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE SHUTTLE.>>IT’S A SECRET PLANE. WHY ARE YOU TELLINGY EVERYBODY
WHAT IT LOOK S.>>Stephen: THEY LET US SEE
IT LAND, THEY JUST WON’T TELL US WHAT IT’S– AND IT’S UNMANNED,
RIGHT? NEIL!>>WHAT I’M SAYING IS–
>>Stephen: DO YOU ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT IT’S DOING UP THERE?>>I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING.>>Stephen: OH, YOU SO KNOW. I’M GOING TO GET YOU DRUNK.( LAUGHTER ).>>ALL I’M SAYING IS THE UNITED
STATES SPACE COMMAND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE SPACE
ACTIVITIES THAT THE MILITARY HAS ENGAGED IN FOREVER, EVER SINCE
THE 1960s, BASICALLY. AND SO TO HAVE A SPACE FORCE,
YOU JUST SLIDE IN ALL THESE ACTIVITIES UNDER THIS NEW
UMBRELLA, AND YOU MIGHT ADD A FEW THINGS. IN FACT, IF I HAD ANY SAY IN THE
MATTER I MIGHT SAY WHY DON’T YOU THROW IN SOME ASTEROID DEFENSE. WE NEED THAT. AND WHY DON’TY YOU CLEAN UP
SPACE WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, GET RID OF THE SPACE DEBRIS.>>Stephen: HOW BAD IS OUR
SPACE DEBRIS PROBLEM? AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM?>>IT’S RANDOM CHIPS OF PAINT
AND BOLTS AND NUTS– THERE’S A LOT OF HARDWARE IN SPACE. PIECES FALL OFF EVERY NOW AND
THEN, AND IF YOU’RE IN ORBIT AND IT FALLS OFF, THAT PIECE IS
GOING 18,000 MILES PER HOUR. AND YOU DON’T WANT TO BE HIT BY
THAT.>>Stephen: DO YOU HAVE A
SPACE VACUUM? ISN’T SPACE ALREADY A VACUUM? HOW DO YOU SUCK IT UP OUT OF
SPACE?>>IT’S NOT A CLEAR SOLUTION TO
THAT PROBLEM.>>Stephen: THERE ISN’T. A BIG NET.>>DISMATS AIR FORCE TRACKS
THESE PARTICLES SO LAUNCH WINDOWS ARE PATROLLED WHETHER
SOMETHING WILL GET HIT OR NOT.>>Stephen: HONEST TO GOD,
SPACE COMMAND OR NASA THEY’RE TRACKING, LIKE, A BOLT?>>YES, WELL, DEPENDING ON THE
SIZE, YEAH, YEAH. THEY’RE TRACKING THING THAT
COULD HARM SUBSEQUENT ACTIVITIES. AND ALL I’M SAYING IS THIS IS
NOT A NEW THING BECAUSE WE’VE HAD SPACE ASSETS, MILITARY SPACE
ASSETS SINCE THE 60s. WHAT IS A SPY SATELLITE? IT’S A SPACE ASSET IN THE
SERVICE OF THE MILITARY. THE 2003 GULF WAR WAS ENABLED BY
SPACE ASSET S.>>Stephen: OKAY, BUT HERE’S
MY THING IS THAT IF YOU CALL IT A “SPACE FORCE” YOU’RE INNATELY
EMBRACING THE IDEA OF SPACE WAR.>>YEAH, SPACE MUSCLE.>>Stephen: SPACE MUSCLE,
SPACE MILL IT TIRRIZATION. ISN’T THE PROBLEM THE FUTURE IN
SPACE, WE HAVE PEACE FRONTIERS. WE DON’T HAVE WAR FRONTIERS.>>WE TRIED. IN 19 SCWEF, THERE WAS A TREATY
PUT FORECAST BY THE U.N. AND SIGNED BY PARTIES —
>>Stephen: INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES.>>INCLUDING THE NIGHTS YOOUTS. TODAY 107 COUNTRIES HAVE SIGNED
IT. IT’S THE PEACEFUL USE OF OUTER
SPACE. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL– YOU WANT TO
SING KUMBAYA. SPACE AND PEACE AND PROSPERITY. IF YOUR ASTRONAUT IS IN TROUBLE,
WE’LL SEND SOMEONE TO HELP YOU. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. IT’S BEAUTIFUL.>>Stephen: BUT WITH SPACE
FORCE IT’S LIKE, “YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN.”>>THERE’S A GRAY AREA IN THERE. IT ALLOWS TO YOU DEFEND YOUR
ASSETS IN SPACE. SUPPOSE I HAVE A LAYS SCER
YOU’RE COMING AT ME WITH YOUR BAD SATELLITE AND I TAKE YOU
OUT. WELL, THAT’S DEFENSIVE. SUPPOSE YOU’RE COMING AT ME AND
I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING BAD AND I TAKE YOU OUT
PREEMPTIVELY, IS THAT DEFENSIVE?>>Stephen: WHO ARE WE GOING
TO BE FIGHTING IN SPACE? IS THERE ANYBODY MILITARIZING
SPACE IN AN, OVERT WAY THAT WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR?>>WE’RE USING “MILL TIRRIZATION
OF SPACE” AND YOU’RE THINKING WEAPONS AND BOMBS DISPLI AM.>>ISN’T SPACE ALL RIGHT
MILITARIZED IF WE HAVE SOME COUNTLESS NUMBER OF SATELLITES
IN THE SERVICE OF MILITARY OPERATIONS ON EARTH’S SURFACE.>>Stephen: COULD WE FIGHT
EACH OTHER UP THERE? COULD OUR SATELLITE FIGHT A
CHINESE SATELLITE?>>YOU COULD, BUT IT’S KIND OF
NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, BECAUSE IF YOU TAKE OUT THAT SATELLITE
WITH A KINETIC KILL –>>Stephen: MEANING A BOMB–
>>IT WOULDN’T HAVE TO BE A BOMB. A FAST-MOVING OBJECT IS KIND OF
LIKE A BOMB.>>Stephen: FIRE ONE OF THOSE
18-MILE-AN-HOUR PARTICLES.>>CORRECT. EACH BIT IS A PROJECTILE THAT
CAN TAKE OUT YOUR OWN SATELLITES. WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT
FIGHTING AND– IT’S NOT REALISTIC FOR WHAT WOULD HAPPEN
IN SPACE. IN FACT, THERE’S SOMETHING
CALLED THE KESSLER EFFECT, ADVANCED IN 1978. THE GUY CALCULATED, IF YOU HAVE
A CERTAIN NUMBER OF SATELLITES IN ORBIT, THERE’S A THREB HOLD,
ABOVE WHICH IF YOU TAKE OUT ONE OF THOSE SATELLITES INTO 10
PIECES THOSE 10 PIECE WILL TAKE OUT 10 SATELLITES AND THOSE WILL
TAKE OUT ANOTHER 10, FROM ONE TO 10 TO 1,000 —
>>Stephen: THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MOVIE “GRAVITY.”>>EXACTLY. OTHER THAN THE ISSUES “GRAVITY”
HAD, LIKE SANDA BULLOCK’S HAIR NEVER WENT ZERO G.>>Stephen: THEY HAVE
HAIRSPRAY IN SPACE.>>SO, SO, IT’S A DEVASTATING
FACT THAT IF YOU TAKE OUT ONE SATELLITE ABOVE A CERTAIN
THRESHOLD, ALL SATELLITES CAN GO. AND THEN WAR IS DONE IN SPACE. SO IT’S NOT REALISTIC. LIKE IN WORLD WAR I WHERE THEY
HAD MUSTARD GAS BECAUSE YOU COULDN’T SHOOT PEOPLE IN THE
TRENCHES. BUT THE WIND CHANGED DIRECTION,
AND NOW THE MUSTARD GAS IS IN YOUR OWN DAMN FACE. SO CERTAIN MILITARISTIC OPTIONS,
WHICH SOUND LIKE SOMETHING THAT WOULD HAPPEN, STRATEGICALLY
WON’T HAPPEN.>>Stephen: BAD IDEA IN SPACE.>>BAD IDEA GR I W.>>Stephen: I WANT TO TALK
ABOUT HOW WE GREW OUR SPACE PROGRAM DETAILED IN YOUR NEW
BOOK “ACCESSORY TO WAR.” AND WE WILL BE BACK WITH THIS
AND MORE NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON IN JUST A MOMENT.

99 thoughts on “Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump’s Space Force Is Not A Crazy Idea

  1. No wonder they said the media is biased, just look at this, I'm not defending Trump, but since the beggining the host was trying to trash talk Trump, and Neil tries to be objective

    "Just because Trumps says it, it doesn't mean it's crazy"

  2. not even 30 seconds in, youll start loving the guy no matter his backround. Just a humble, down to earth star gazer.

  3. TWO things are clearly evident here : (1) Colbert is just as scientifically illiterate as he is politically confused . AND (2) This Neil guy is more a pop star than a serious scientist .

  4. Stephen Colbert is just plain tedious. Neil deGrasse Tyson has great insight if Colbert's questioning weren't always political.

  5. “I have more stolen bikes in my backyard than their are stars in the universe” – black science man

  6. Not surprised Colbert doesn't know much about our military. Btw space debris has been in the news since this vid b/c China has been testing anti-satellite weapons.

  7. Not a fan of tRUMP, but Neil is absolutely correct. Just b/c it comes out of his mouth, doesn't always make it wrong!
    People are insanely partisan it's disgusting! Both extremes don't work properly!

  8. Colbert couldn’t wait to get him off, an insanely intelligent man on his show. That doesn’t necessarily disagree with trump. Stay in your lane Colbert. Stick with idiotic celebrities.

  9. When the US Air Force became a separate service it had 40.000 manned combat aircraft. How many manned combat spacecraft have we now?

  10. Im all for neil's ideas, I just think Trump's recurrent idiocy completely takes away the seriousness of the issue. Also I don't trust his overall incompetency and ignorance to tackle issues of this nature. If he would have addressed any of this during his announcement I am pretty sure Colbert would have only made fun of the use of the term. To all you trump supporters: Trump brought this upon himself by being 1) an idiot, 2) an ignorant and 3) probably imagining the race to the moon part 2 since he already lost the 5G race. Hate on Colbert all you want, but really take a look at the real dumbass, president Donald Joke Trump

  11. I love how Neil doesn’t reveal his political views, nor does he feed the political agenda of this show. Love Neil and he’s a brilliant man!

  12. “That doesn’t help” well if that doesn’t show your arrogance and ignorance I don’t know what does 🤦🏻‍♂️

  13. For the love of God, COLBERT, let the actual expert talk about what you asked him to discuss without interrupting him with a joke about it being made by Trump and how much you hate him. The fact that it was an idea made by Trump is is irrelevant when it comes to discussing the logistics of a “space force.”

  14. I love how these collectivists consider themselves educated yet they talk about the same guy they dont like every night like children throwing a tantrum about their class president… oh yeah it's the same.

  15. Stephen, your facial hair here is not exactly flattering on you.
    Just saying.
    David Letterman's big beard doesn't flatter him, either.
    So, you're not entirely alone.
    The beard works for Jimmy Kimmel because it's the same color as his hair, naturally.
    Plus, he looks better with it than without it.☺
    His beard suits him.
    Yours does not suit you.
    You look better without it.
    (Dave, too.)
    (I know this was in 2018.
    Just hoping to convince him not to grow it back.)

  16. I can see why they hate him.

    NDT might be a good guy, but he is not the most respected science dude around – just the most famous one.

  17. Funny how nobody in all of history ever thought of a space force. Only the smartest person who ever lived could think of that. Right?

  18. Lol how do people stay concious while building a stucture at 18000 mph?

    Dont start talking to me about gforce training and aptitude, you dont stay on that machine long enough to build anything let alone stay awake for the amount of time it takes to build something… at 18000 mph.

    People can hold their breath for 15 minutes. They cant hold it indefinetly.

  19. The Space Force is doing things that are in the vein of spiritual and demonic activity. Don't laugh. Photon Torpedoes and Cloaking exists.

  20. God everyone is so tired of orange man bad bullshit but thank you lib tards for guaranteeing the victory of orange man again with how extreme left you have all went trumps a shoe in

  21. If Obama had proposed a Space Force the leftists would be like "what a great idea". If Trump cured cancer the leftists would say "Trump put all the oncologists out of work". I really hope they let this craziness go, because the next 6 years are going to really suck for them if not. Be happy the economy is doing great, unemployment is at a 50 year low, North Korea isn't shooting missiles every other week, and we have a president who is actually putting Americans first. Instead of illegal immigrants and other countries.

  22. The day we can make a fighter plane that is capable of entering into orbit, can also handle re-entry and can do this with a rocket (or some better engine type) that is small and powerful enough to take both of the stresses mentioned, is the day we advance to star wars level war and real space exploration. Until then it's all about what we can shoot into and out of orbilt.

  23. Halo is not just a game anymore its reality… please no FLOOD😮
    SPARTAN 117 JOINED THE CHAT…

    High ranking officer: Arrest that man!

  24. So…What you’re saying Neil’ …is that Trump had this IDEA before you (did). Because nobody has ever heard you speak of it B’4 Trump’!? #PoorSmallBrain 🧠 Neil. #SoSad

  25. Are people going to listen to the president of one of the biggest warmongering nation which came from another warmongering nation about a space force when the world agreed nobody should have any ownership of spaceÉ Hell theres enough problem with ownership of earth just imagine when they figure out the weapons on the ships theyre hiding. Fuck the USA

  26. Could try launching a net of aerogel to 'soak' up a lot of the space debris, they used it to trail behind an asteroid recently to capture samples, could possibly work to trap flecks of paint and smaller particles flying around up there. Probably will have to come up with a different solution for the larger objects such as the bolts etc. Then perhaps enforce a tighter policy on reducing the chance of more space debris being created, cos we need clear skies to get to Mars!

  27. As a non American this move seems kind of aggressive. Like you guys want to build a Death Star to look down on the rest of us.

  28. I love Colbert when he trashed Trump cuz I hate Trump too. But watching Neil trash Colbert’s obsessive Trump hate was refreshing. I hate Trump just as much as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean everything the guy says is bad and a bad idea. Good job Neil for saying how shit is and being objective.

  29. Is it my asian mind or not that I find the host disrespectful because he doesn't let Neil finish what he's saying? I understand he's excited but why? Or maybe they're running short on time?

  30. 107 countries signed to peacefully use outer space…. but only 5 can even get into space, lol
    maybe I should sign too

  31. But Trump wasn’t talking about defending earth from asteroids though. Trump is talking about building a galactic empire… with star destroyers and storm troopers 😆

  32. anti satalite misilles are a lie, the real secret is a satalite with a big net that can steal other satalites and take them to the secret space station to be hacked or deconstructed

  33. Neil Degrasse Tyson points out reasons as to why a Space Force might actually be useful for Organization purposes, Colbert listens intently and actually asks questions we were all thinking, Neil answers them perfectly and even points out how ridiculous an actual war in space would be, aaaand everyone in the comments still finds a way to get political

  34. I mean, trump is a fool but a space force is something that hundreds of years from now we will have, reguardless of what we say. Whenever we become a space faring race, we will definately need protection for our explorers and scientists who encounter unknown hostile entities found in our journey of space, weither its aliens or simply violent human interference on the homefront.

  35. Please Neal Desgrased Shitty why don’t you just kill all the humanity?WTF?? You call yourself a scientist? Mengele was obviously your roll model. I’d rather vote someone with homophile interactions rather space gangster. I’m so disappointed in gun addictions of you. I hope that the college where you intend to really dismiss your education diplomas as soon as possible. Mr in eyes of WORLD community you have no credibility at all. Tyson was disgusting and disgraced. You opened eyes for the real greasy Tyson. Maybe you should contact Nobel prize committee why you never going to be recognized.

  36. Trump can't do shit here on earth, why will anyone think that in a couple of months he will succeed his space war plans. He will be Impeached before New Years.

  37. The idea that space might remain a peaceful frontier is naive. We are predisposed to conflict, and we will destroy paradise just because someone else showed up that we didn't invite…or that we DID invite, but later generations decided were "filthy immigrants who owe us for our generosity." Or for anything ranging from looks to culture to beliefs. We don't care. We'll pick a fight over anything. And then there'll be a bunch of right-wingers who deny the problems that we just created, because "God will clean up after us" and "that's just libtard fake news" excuses give them a false sense of stability and security.

  38. It's not a horrible idea/program, just a moronic sounding name, it just sounds way too '80s,(Space Troop/Space Squad(Space Cadet))
    just because it deals with space doesn't necessarily mean that the first word be "Space".
    I haven't thought of a better name,
    but I'm sure there are a few possibilities which are much more suitable & come off more intelligent(& less military sounding/more diplomatic).

  39. That space junk going 18,000 mph isn't acting like a bullet because anything around it is also going at the same rate of speed.

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