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

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Comments • 647

  • Crash Overide
    Crash Overide  4 hours back

    No mention of Mars One or space elevators???? What is the world coming to!?!

    • Brett Gibson
      Brett Gibson  5 days back

      When you started on the world leader to space thing, I knew exactly where you were going to go with it.

      • Miriam Hedges
        Miriam Hedges  1 weeks back

        Matryoshka would one the name of the Russian compact doll set. Love you guys. Keep it coming. I’m grateful

        • Adam949
          Adam949  1 weeks back


          • Alpha Prime
            Alpha Prime  2 weeks back

            Neil they didn't bring the dog back alive did they bring Yuri Gagarin back alive

            • Itamar Mittler
              Itamar Mittler  3 weeks back

              As a self proclaimed educator it would be nice not to include all of the American continent when referring to the USA

              • bigheadrhino
                bigheadrhino  3 weeks back

                I think the aimple answer to why people set world records at the Olympics and not the week before because they might throw caution to the wind and not worry about fatiguig/hurting themselves

                • General Delivery
                  General Delivery  4 weeks back

                  I love your work with the reboot of Cosmos and all of your contributions to stimulating the public’s scientific consciences.

                  Don’t you think it’s a little ironic to pod cast on Star Trek while toeing the scientific and political orthodoxy that rejects the profound degree of credible testimonial and physical evidence supporting the fact that our aerospace has experienced unexplained aerial phenomenon?

                  Is it not just as disingenuous to dismiss a well documented, demonstrable phenomenon to the extent it fails to comport with scientific current doctrine, as it does when theologians dismiss evolution or other theories contrary to current religious dogma?

                  As a scientist, what is the point where accepted doctrine eclipses physical observation? Einstein was unable to harmonize quantum mechanics within his grand theory of relativity, yet did it render subsequent quantum observational and experimentally supported, yet oppositional theories, such as quantum entanglement, defying the cosmic speed limit, less likely to eventually be accepted as scientific cannon?

                  Was it not Socrates, Plato, and later Aristotle who laid the foundational basis of scientific inquiry that, we we must follow the evidence, even if it admits we are wrong?

                  • Rafael Adamy
                    Rafael Adamy  4 weeks back

                    SpaceX is not a public company, Elon does whatever he wants

                  • danceswithcritters
                    danceswithcritters  4 weeks back

                    I have already claimed ownership of Titan. If you go there without my permission, you are trespassing .

                    • Jason Borshchik
                      Jason Borshchik  3 weeks back

                      danceswithcritters good luck enforcing that. Who you gonna call? The earth police? If anything you would get locked up, not the trespassers because you can’t claim anything out in space.

                  • BronzSuru
                    BronzSuru  4 weeks back

                    Any kind of military branch in space needs to be a branch of the navy or branched off of the navy. Navy is just a better representation since space would revolve around the use of ships. Everything else comes after that.

                    • Jay Walker
                      Jay Walker  3 weeks back

                      Exactly. Star Trek taught us that

                  • ThatGuyFrom916
                    ThatGuyFrom916  4 weeks back

                    that globe behind Neil is amazing...i need one!

                    • foreverilive
                      foreverilive  1 months back

                      Heres a question..the sun is 93 million miles away..the suns shadow ends here right it doesnt reach mars neptune Uranus to pluto...

                      • One Man Electrical Band
                        One Man Electrical Band  1 months back

                        There is no dark side of the moon... as a matter of fact... it's all dark.

                        • jeremy krystyan
                          jeremy krystyan  1 months back

                          i just want to say thank you Neil for everything you have done

                          • Tory Fox
                            Tory Fox  1 months back

                            I think it should be "the race against space..." we need to move faster than the asteroid that's coming to get us....

                            • Average Joes
                              Average Joes  1 months back

                              uhh.. the next space race is between private american companies, not countries...

                              • dragonspath
                                dragonspath  1 months back

                                So I guess there was about 142 flat earthers who aren't happy about going..

                                • Gencho M Genchev
                                  Gencho M Genchev  1 months back

                                  Everyone who makes profits in space should pay taxes to UN

                                  • david farmer
                                    david farmer  1 months back

                                    why cant we pair exotic particles with quantum entanglement and send the other pair to the moon or mars. then spin the first pair here on earth in a circle at the speed of light. or as close to. would that create a tunnel?

                                  • Caedwyn
                                    Caedwyn  1 months back

                                    "no" LOL

                                    • KAK BRO
                                      KAK BRO  2 months back

                                      I really enjoy it but all that useless laugh in such show does not make sense.

                                      • Virgle DeBord
                                        Virgle DeBord  2 months back

                                        In honor of Star Mut the Cosmodognaut!

                                        • Brian Melendy
                                          Brian Melendy  2 months back

                                          so was the first dog in space a Muttnick?

                                          • DJ DarkGift
                                            DJ DarkGift  2 months back

                                            Speaking of Mars Travel, I find it appalling that NASA would give a contract to a man whose main company, Amazon, makes an enormous income allowing their third-party sellers to hawk their counterfeit, bogus, refurbed and otherwise useless goods, and even to let them to continue to do so upon countless enraged and out of money customers. Any Amazon shoppers out there who have ever had this happen to you please chime in. Those not believing it, just look up most Apple or Tech products on there and just page through some of the reviews. They don't care either way because they are getting their commission either way. If I'm the only one that has figured this out I'll personally join the Flat Earthers on the first trip off-world. I know that my statement is a little off-topic, but if people aren't aware of the deception, they will continue to be blinded by it and I'm just trying to help out the next person from losing their hard-earned money.

                                            Thanks as usual Dr. Tyson, great co-presenter this episode, good to see the comedians out there getting more science-related gigs.

                                            • Brian Clarke
                                              Brian Clarke  2 months back

                                              unfortunate how the state of affairs with the economy/country exposes how the decisions of federal lobbyist politicians & their corrupt judgment/criticism, affect citizens.

                                              • 2011201120112013b
                                                2011201120112013b  2 months back

                                                Neil seems like a kind warm-hearted uncle i've always loved.

                                                • Ryan Tab
                                                  Ryan Tab  2 months back

                                                  Hahaha yeah youre right

                                              • stu mcintyre
                                                stu mcintyre  2 months back

                                                He wasn't the first guy in space

                                                • Daniel Roden
                                                  Daniel Roden  2 months back

                                                  but its cheaper / more energy efficient to make fuel on the moon than to try and launch it from the earth. so wouldnt a base on the moon be a better place to stage fuel and materials and launch it to the lagrange point and then go from there? or i guess the ideal would be a captured comet to produce fuel. is that feasible?

                                                  • Houston Dmc
                                                    Houston Dmc  2 months back

                                                    Cheers from Moscow, Mr. Tyson, sir! Huge fan! Thank you for making science reachable for everyone!

                                                    • martin aakervik
                                                      martin aakervik  2 months back

                                                      I'm sorry, but I belive it is harder to get worldrecords in contest because of the contest. The contest is not any help to reach goals, it actually makes it more difficult. When ateleths are training it is not their peak of form. Their peak form is set to be at the greatest events. I belive that the only reson for "spacerace" is to try to make it more entertaining... and that is so... eh... stupid. Space is not a sport. Space is mysterius and that is what trigger us. It have never been a race. AS a Norwegian I don't care if China, India, GB, Old Soviet or the US went to the moon first. It Did't make me belive USA had any more knowledge than any other country. It is wars that make scientist not work together. Knowledge should be free in a free world! A sad fact actually. But I'm happy the US did go to the moon tho' because I guess it was the most informative country that also love to make stuff entertaining. The thing USA gave the world for real was starting a sosiety from scratch with people form all over the world. What happen musicly down in New Orleans fx is probably the most global expression of mankind. That is what I belive USA should be prowd of. Not any spacerace. That just give me a reminder of politicians that made a cold war after a real war.

                                                      • Andy Walker
                                                        Andy Walker  2 months back

                                                        Love Neil

                                                        • e1123581321345589144
                                                          e1123581321345589144  2 months back

                                                          29:00 that exactly why SpaceX isn't a public company. The goal of SpaceX isn't to make money, but to establish a colony on Mars.

                                                          • e1123581321345589144
                                                            e1123581321345589144  2 months back

                                                            15:32 There actually are such events that make use of mobile devices to track progress

                                                            • Akanaro O.O
                                                              Akanaro O.O  2 months 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  2 months back

                                                                Ray is great.

                                                                • andy huf
                                                                  andy huf  2 months 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  2 months 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  2 months 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  2 months back

                                                                        Ray Ellin is too scientifically illiterate for this.

                                                                        • terry Sullivan
                                                                          terry Sullivan  2 months back

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

                                                                          • Josh Woods
                                                                            Josh Woods  2 months 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  2 months 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  2 months 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 months 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 months back

                                                                                    I like to get into Katey parrys space

                                                                                    • KingDave Durosier
                                                                                      KingDave Durosier  2 months back

                                                                                      Russians also spent the first rover on mars.

                                                                                      • Louman 11
                                                                                        Louman 11  2 months back

                                                                                        terrible and not funny