Neil deGrasse Tyson: Put a human on Mars

Written by Staff Writer by Makana Quek, CNN

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has praised NASA’s latest mission to Mars, saying it will put scientists “in business for life.”

During a talk at New York’s 92nd Street Y, Tyson took the opportunity to address the fate of the planet after Trump cancels NASA’s plans to head to Mars to research its surface.

“What, that’s a bad plan? I’ve just noticed that’s a fabulous move,” he said. “That’s a brilliant move — to think how our reputation could improve dramatically if we sent a crew to the moon. We’d call them astronauts now. We would call them explorers instead of robots.

“Why not become explorers? That’s what NASA’s about — it’s about discovery. And by doing that, it would propel us into real business for life.”

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Tyson called for more emphasis on science.

“I can’t count on now. It’s now this, then next and now this, so my argument is that we should have given an expedited lane right now so it would have kept the spending in the next congress from going down,” he said.

“But ‘promised not delivered’ is the narrative of our administration now.”

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