RTE Radio Times Neil degrasse Tyson has given his first interview in years, telling the radio station that he is “not going anywhere”, as he continues to work on his own projects in space.
He said he is still “a little bit” frustrated with what he sees as the lack of support from the scientific community, with some of his projects still in the process of being funded.
But, he said, he is happy to see that there is a new space programme in the works, and said that “we’re all going to be part of it”.
“I think I’m still not going anywhere,” he said.
“I’m still doing things that I think are going to contribute to the space programme.”
But I think we’re going to have a big team of people working on these things, that will make all of this happen.
“He said his focus has always been on the exploration of the solar system, with “the big bang” and the search for extraterrestrial life, and the “big bang” is where he sees the biggest future opportunities for us.”
The search for life on other planets is very important, and we’re doing it,” he told RTE.”
And then we’re also working on other space missions.
“We have a team working on the Hubble Space Telescope, on the Kepler mission, we have a whole team working in the Kepler Space Telescope.”
That’s the big bang.
“And that’s where we’ll be for the foreseeable future.”
And he has a lot of ideas about where that space programme will lead us.
Asked about the possibility of human colonisation, he answered: “I’m not going to speculate on that.”
There’s a lot to do and it’s going to take time, so I think you’ll see a lot more exploration of space over the next few decades, and hopefully that’s what you’ll get from this.
“Read more:Neil degrassing Tyson on his space adventures: ‘I’ve been on many adventures, not just here on Earth’The astrophysicist also said that he was “truly, deeply saddened” when his father passed away in December last year, saying that it “was a big loss” for him to see him “loved”.”
It’s really hard, and I think it was a big, big loss for me to see my dad pass away and not get to spend more time with him,” he added.”
My mother and I both had some time to reflect on it, and now we’re getting on with our lives.
“He also commented on the impact of climate change on the future of humanity, and noted that “it’s a big deal that we’re losing half of the earth’s land mass because of climate warming”.
He said that the “resilience” of the planet is at “an all time high” and said we “must take this opportunity” to be resilient.”
We’re not going away, but we’re certainly not going back to the past.
“The future is very bright, and it seems to be getting better.”