“I really like Earth, so any space trip I take, I’m double checking that there’s sufficient funds for me to return,” Tyson responded. “Also, I’m not taking that trip until Elon Musk send his Mother and brings her back alive. Then I’m good for it.” Neil deGrasse Tyson won’t go on a SpaceX trip to Mars, until CEO and founder Elon Musk sends his mom to the Red Planet first and ‘bring her back! Is he being cute or a wuss?
The astrophysicist was asked Reddit user patopc1999, “Hi Neil! Just wanted to know your thoughts on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 relaunch and landing, and what do you think it means for the future of space travel? also, would you ever consider to join a one way trip to Mars?””
Tyson also responded by elaborated regarding Falcon 9, Tyson said he was a fan of the fact it was partially reusable. “Any demonstration of rocket reusability is a good thing,” he said. “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.”
Tyson responded to other questions ranging such as when he was asked what people who were not majors in science, technology, engineering or mathematics should strive for in their careers. Tyson said the world needs a variety of jobs. However, people need to understand science and try to include it in their work so people understand its importance, he said.
“What I see is that if you like STEM, but for whatever reason will not become a STEM professional, you can still gain basic levels of science literacy in your life, and blend that awareness into your work,” he said. “This is already happening in the arts. There’s no end of art installations, sitcoms, dramas, screenplays, first-run movies, that have been inspired by science. Including The Martian, which helped turn the word “Science” into a verb, and Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time.”