Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump’s Space Force Is Not A Crazy Idea

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump’s Space Force Is Not A Crazy Idea

America’s favorite astrophysicist returns to The Late Show with a surprising argument for why Trump’s call for a Space Force may be a good thing.

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113 Responses

  1. הדר הלוי says:

    Coolest man alive here to bring some nuance? That’s neat.

    • Ichijo Festival says:

      Fact is, scientists aren’t their own best advocates. It’s been covered many times. “Science and English are different languages.” Science *needs* guys like Neil that can speak to average people in a way that’s both enlightening and entertaining.

    • Ichijo Festival says:

      …Also, FFS, how many celebrities do we need whose only accomplishments are that they *are* celebrities? Not only is Neil’s celebrity deserved, we need *more* scientists who are celebrated. Kids should be admiring the rockstars working to map the human genome, not the jerks whose lives are spent tossing footballs.

    • Random Name says:

      +Kremlin Bot#33 you actually believe in shadow government? Sheeple. The TRUTH is that the shadow government is just Russia’s REFLECTION. get woke yo.

    • Mix says:

      +Random Name you believe the Russia PROPAGANDA?? YOU -GET WOKE

    • Manan Sayar says:

      +Ichijo Festival if that were only possible. Kids these days are only fans of film stars and sports stars. Being fans of people who spent their entire lives to change our perspective about the things around us and the universe is really far fetched.
      P.S- I have no personal grudge against these kids. It’s just how things are. Everyone has personal preferences and I respect that

  2. Kim Jong Fun says:

    _Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Space Farce cadet Galactica BoneSpurs. His four-year mission: To explore strange new ways to enrich himself. To seek out new life especially dictators and swamp monsters. To baldly stoop to where no other president has gone before!_

    • SpaceMan Spliff says:

      +Frank Winkhorst Hey loser guess what he’s the real president…. oh my, right so shocking he won.

    • pixel girl says:

      SpaceMan Spliff, double guess what, virtually every US President gets made fun of. Comes with the territory. Plus, when the President is Donald Trump, he’s going to be made fun of _more_ because… well, he’s Donald Trump. Stop being such a delicate little flower about it. Really, do you think he’s so weak that you need to run around defending him on YouTube? What are you, the wannabe-gestapo?

    • SpaceMan Spliff says:

      +pixel girl Haha I’m delicate? I never said don’t make fun of him, however he’s the real president so that’s just silly. You pink hairs have been yelling the same thing for 2 years now and guess what because of it he’ll be president for another 4. But you do you.

    • SpaceMan Spliff says:

      +pixel girl nice buzz words by the way.

    • pixel girl says:

      SpaceMan Spliff, what the motherfucking shit is a pink hair? And _I’ve_ never said he’s not the President of your godawful country, besides I’ve got my own godawful Prime Minister Theresa fucking May to worry about! 😄 Plus, just preemptively, no, I’m not left wing, I’m a Roddenberrian radical centrist. Live long and prosper, fellow Calvin & Hobbes fan! 🖖🐯 _(Mars is amaaaazing)_

  3. vdiitd says:

    He should come on the show more regularly 😄😄😄

  4. Toad Jiang says:

    Space Force : To Stupidity And Beyond!

    • james pond says:

      +Dee Cee nobody believes Pluto is a planet anymore. It got demoted. It’s been more than a few years since it’s happened. Please get over it.

      Militarized starship troopers is a silly redundancy.

    • Dee Cee says:

      +james pond that’s bs nobody believes. Pluto is definitely a planet.

    • 47 and2 says:

      Dee Cee
      he thinks it’s a good idea because it already exists. AF Space Command (+ Nasa.) The biggest threat from space will be another sizeable asteroid capable of wiping out millions of people, if not everyone.

    • Paritosh Shrestha says:

      Why dont you want to expand to different planet ,create a base so that future generation can progress on it.

    • ABritInTheAmericas says:

      Space Force is all about diverting funds from science to the military and their contractors.

  5. Nikola Tesla says:

    *Have him more often on your show*

  6. MrGeekFreek says:

    If we end up in a Falling Skies situation I’m siding with the aliens.

  7. Matthew Snider says:

    One of my favorite human beings, and a worthy successor to Carl Sagan when it comes to popularizing science, advocating for scientific considerations in public/political discourse, and helping people understand the dynamic, rich possibilities of the human experience with a little bit of scientific/philosophical perspective.

  8. 😎 yo 😎 says:

    Send donnie boy on a space mission and let that mission be 50 year long 😝😝

  9. New Message says:

    See, Donnie? Don’t go into space.. there’s already enough garbage up there.

  10. Misericordia says:

    That Dotard can’t even properly fund the relief efforts of hurricane disaster and has the gall to create a new military force that undoubtedly cost trillions of dollars.

    If he jokingly said the idea, he is an idiot.
    If he is serious about the idea, he is an even bigger idiot people think he is.

    • Maniceureka says:

      Misericordia
      Misericordia, If Trump said that we should end world hunger, you would say that he was a moron and that ending world hunger is a moronic idea just because it came out of Trump.
      I don’t think you even watched the video based on your response. But the argument is that the Air Force is already operating in a place where there is no “air”. And operating in air, and “out of air” are two pretty different things. So why not take the “out of air” part of the Air Force and call it something else?
      Who knows, maybe the Space Force turn out to be a bad idea. But you can’t jump the gun before you even know what entails

      And you’re just pulling “Trillions of dollar” out of your ass mate. I have no love for Trump, but you’re just as mindless as the fanatical Trump supporters. And acting that way doesn’t help your cause in the least. It only takes away credibility from your side.

    • Marilyn Newman says:

      +Maniceureka for it to be even feasible, you would need forcefields like on Star Trek. I don’t see that anytime soon, it would be great, but would it be possible? Not in the immediate future.

    • Ichijo Festival says:

      @Maniceureka: I’m liking your comment, but with reservation. Overall, you’re right, but I don’t think anyone would criticize him for trying to end world hunger. The problem is, we know he would *never* do that.

      Trustfund-brat that he is, he’s never understood the struggles of poverty, and Republican that he is, he doesn’t bother with problems that don’t affect him. Even his claims of personal charity are riddled with fraud. He likes the attention, but he disdains the poor as weak and not worth his time or money.

    • JTL says:

      +Maniceureka *yikes*

    • Car U says:

      +Ichijo Festival he is fighting world hunger one billionaire hunger at a time.

  11. James Jumper says:

    Debris in space.

    So the idea of a Space Force doesn’t suck because a practical application is that it can suck.

  12. angelbabe dawg says:

    ….so ‘ Space Force ‘ is NOT a ‘ crazy idea’..AND an AFFORDABLE healthcare plan for ALL Americans is..??

  13. RENEHIKO says:

    He basically explained that Star Wars is scientifically bullshit 😀

  14. Sorrow says:

    Yeah, but Neil, what do you think Trump would say if you asked him exactly what he wants his Space Force to do up in space? Do you really think he won’t mention bombs?

  15. Chobittsu says:

    The general idea of a military branch for all spaceborne assets isn’t a terrible idea… but Trump sees it as space battleships and marines in spacesuits, and military bases on the moon for fighting aliens or whatever…

  16. Suhas B Hiremath says:

    I like the way he is always so excited about the stuff he speaks… That’s true passion

    • Frank Winkhorst says:

      No, that’s how he got the job doing planetarium shows.

    • Karson Kammerzell says:

      +Frank Winkhorst No, he got the job doing planetarium shows because at age 8 he walked into Hayden Planetarium, got excited about learning about space, and eventually became the Director of that very same planetarium.

      Also he was voted sexiest astrophysicist; that helped I’m sure. 😀

      Edit: Spelling, lol. Super important spelling. 😀

    • Kaarli Makela says:

      I hope you meant ‘sexiest’ and not ‘sexist!’ 😀 😉

    • Karson Kammerzell says:

      +Kaarli Makela Oh snap, phone correction, lol. I’m on the edit now, lol.

  17. Architectural Works says:

    trump in space…im all for it !

    • spaceman00 says:

      Segregation never works, you will always have anti trump people that hates trump but that would some reason want to live at space near trump. When they arrive they, they would complain about how the place work and say it should change at some amount of time they will propose that trump should leave it, now think where he will come back to.

    • Lucien Noens says:

      +spaceman00, someone launched your brain into space, should I call mister Spock to fetch it for you?

  18. RC says:

    The Deep State has been exposed folks. Trumps deep state of confusion.

  19. Akkbar says:

    Militarizing Space could create so much debris that we could never launch anything into a safe orbital path. Listen to Mr Tyson people!

    • clmBerserker says:

      + Flame Beats
      Then you have an uncontrolled/rogue satellite which will eventualy hit some of that space debree…
      the best way to disable one I think would be:
      1. to take controll, either by hacking it, or trough a hardrewire.
      2. force it to crash unto earth by some means like harpooning it or giant nets.
      3. even giant lazers to burn it all away without spintering it
      Basicly an EMP on its own would cause further issues but EMP+ some other plan could work

    • clmBerserker says:

      +Karsten
      Dont be so fanatical as to offhand dismiss all of liberalism or progressivism, if it wasent for unconservative ideas we would still be sitting around bonfires throwing shit at eachother, praying to the almighty light in the sky. Not many people are fanatical on either side.

    • clmBerserker says:

      +Karsten
      As for Neil. There is also the chance he is looking a way to get as much funds for these projects as soon as possible, and any price paid for advancment is worth it. But will it be worth it? I can not say. Its a dangrous route to fast money, and the military have been shown they cant be trusted. But its something you dident seem to concider.

    • Robert Melvin says:

      The best way to explain Kessler is with a room filled with mouse traps and 1 ping pong ball – it’s fun to watch.

    • Retro Higurashi says:

      Kimbo Nice THANK YOU! At least someone was listening! 🤦🏽‍♂️

  20. Left Is Best says:

    It’s not only crazy, it’s illegal. Under International Law, no nation can militarise space.

    • 4c1dr3fl3x says:

      It was the Salyut 3 space station, and it had a 23mm cannon literally bolted to the body, so you had to aim the whole station at a target.
      And specifically, the treaty in question bans WMD’s from space. Not small arms, cannons, missiles, etc

    • pitu toup says:

      Black guys pandering to nazis.
      What’s wrong with that?

    • Retro Higurashi says:

      Did you not listen to anything the man said…? Lol space is already militarized, your idea of militarization is flawed.

    • Max Power says:

      Did you watch the whole video? There are already dozens of satellites used for military purposes such as GPS and spying. That’s military use as well.

      And the reason you dont shoot other satellites down is also exlained: It would cause a chain reaction where your own would get destroyed as well.

    • Vendrix says:

      It’s only “illegal” for now. As the years pass and we have more of a presence in space there will be new laws.

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