Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Corrects Jon Stewart's Funny Mistake (VIDEO)

Neil deGrasse TysonHey you guys like Mars? Wanna go there? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson argues that if we doubled the NASA budget, which, you know, is like nothing these days, we could get there soon. And we could go back to the moon, too, and visit asteroids, kind of like they did in Armageddon, but under less dire circumstances. Simply put, we could do some pretty awesome stuff.

Tyson went on the Daily Show to talk to Jon Stewart about his new book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier and he echoes what I've been saying to no one for years because I don't like exposing my science nerdiness in public: we could learn some really important things about the universe if we just loosened the purse strings a bit and trained some badass space cowboys on how to explore the edges.

But before we get into all that, let's have a laugh at John Stewart's expense, shall we?

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Tyson pointed out that the Earth that spins in the beginning of his show is actually spinning in the wrong direction. Whoops! Jon, ya big doofus you! Didn't you know that the Earth rotates to the east, and only does it appear to rotate counter-clockwise if you view it from the North Star Polaris? Jeez!

Anyway, Tyson got a kick out of that, and so did Stewart. It was all in good fun -- twas just your average case of a world famous astrophysicist pointing out a talk show host's flawed digital Earth rendering.

But there are bigger things to worry about than some P.A.'s rotation error, like, say, the future of our planet.

I just have this worry that our children are going to grow up wanting to be reality stars because there will no long be such things as "astronauts." I'm scared that imagination in science and technology will be relegated to the illustrators at Pixar, and not discussed as viable possibilities in any sort of classroom. I'm nervous that when we invite our kids to join us on a star-gazing mission, they'll think we're going on a tour of actors' houses in L.A.

Without the option to look up and out, I think our nation's closed-mindedness and lack of knowledge will lead to our ultimate demise. Just ask the dinosaurs. Bet they wished they saw that asteroid coming. 

Aaaaanyway, watch Neil deGrasse Tyson on Jon Stewart. It's funny.

 

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