This video gave me goosebumps. Not only am I a supporter of NASA and all they do, I am a long time admirer of Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and his enormous ability to communicate science in a charismatic, succinct, approcahable way. That is a skill that is lacking in a great deal of the scientific community but it’s an important one. We need people to care about what we do. We need people to feel comfortable walking up to scientists, astronauts, teachers, professors and talking with them and even more importantly perhaps we need the “specialists” in the scientific fields to be equipped and proficient at responding.
Perhaps that can go someway towards chipping away at the misperceptions the public might have about science, it’s importance and it’s cost. Dr. Tyson touches on how many people are unaware of exactly how much it costs to have a “NASA” for example. Why isn’t this more commonly known?
I know one thing though: Nobody listening to Dr. Tyson giving this presentation left without knowing in a few short minutes the unique ability NASA has to inspire, the direction the agency is currently taking and the comparitively tiny cost of all that we get out of the “space program”.
Nicely done, Dr. Tyson. Kudos.