Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Fly With SpaceX To Mars Only After Elon Musk Sends His Mom
Neil deGrasse Tyson said that the only way he will go to Mars with SpaceX when its CEO, Elon Musk, will send his own mother there and back.
“I really like Earth. So any space trip I take, I’m double-checking that there’s sufficient funds for me to return,” Tyson wrote during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on April 2nd.“Also, I’m not taking that trip until Elon Musk send[s] his mother and brings her back alive. Then I’m good for it.”
The talk there was about SpaceX’s launch last week in which A Falcon 9 rocket was used to send an SES-10 communications satellite into orbit. Neil deGrasse Tyson was also asked if he would go on a one-way trip to Mars.
In any case, SpaceX is working on colonising Mars by making use of reusable rockets as the central, most important technology to do it. This could, indeed, revolutionase space travel as we know it. And Tyson is a fan about this prospect.
“Any demonstration of rocket reusability is a good thing,” the astrophysicist wrote in the AMA. “When we fly on a Boeing 747 across great distances, we don’t throw it away and roll out a new one. Reusability is arguably the most fundamental feature of affordable expensive things.”
However, Tyson has some issues when it comes to SpaceX and the hype surrounding it.
“I’m simultaneously one of SpaceX’s biggest critics and supporters,” he said.
But projects “that are hugely expensive and dangerous, with uncertain returns on investments, make poor activities of profit-driven companies,” Tyson added. “Governments do these things first, allowing private enterprise to learn what to do and what not to do, then come next with a plan that involves us all. So my read of history is that private companies will not be the first to send humans to Mars unless government actually pays for it.”
Among other things, Neil deGrasse Tyson also talked about the best way to die. On second place would be by a supernova and on first place, by black hole. He also said that human contact with an intelligent alien species will most likely not happen over the following 50 years, saying that the distances in the universe are just too big.
He also talked about President Trump’s NASA budget for next year which would cancel all Earth-science missions.
“My read of the (entire) plan is to remove Earth monitoring from NASA’s mission statement, leaving NASA to think only about the rest of the universe and not Earth as a part of that same universe,” Tyson wrote. “Unless this task is picked up by some other agency, the disconnect will be disastrous to our understanding of our own planet, preventing us from knowing and predicting our own impact on our own environment.”
He is also eager for the time when the new generation will be in charge of the world, especially those born after 1995. That was the time when the first exoplanet was discovered and as a consequence, he calls them,’Generation Exoplanet.’