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

Published on Sep 12, 2018
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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  • So true

  • To counter-act global warming, why don't we just deploy solar panels over strategic areas to both block some of the sunshine hitting the globe, and soak up energy to use to clean up near space? Antarctica, Greenland, the Sahara desert, parts of the oceans, etc. . Partial eclipses of the Sun drop the temperature by several degrees. A semi-permanent, movable, partial eclipse could power both a magnetic "jellyfish" to capture dangerous cosmic debris, as well as a space elevator. This would make much more sense to me than trying to put a permanent settlement on Mars.

  • No, he's no genius. As far as I know he's never accomplished any significant science. He's just a funded loudmouth, like Kaku and Nye. The latest IPCC Special Report SP15 [2018] shows we're likely to go extinct far before these loudmouths' ideas can be implemented. But if he said these truths, he'd be out of a job. The whole international scientific community ignores him. Oh, and also Americans. If you want the actual scientific knowledge, look elsewhere.

  • dude, Neil just explain stuff why is the host interrupting cutting him?

  • spacemarines

  • One must never wish war, but one must always be ready for it. That's why a space force is a wise idea.

  • 0:15 Stephen was feeling the band 🔥.

  • I've always loved Niel.🌼🇺🇸

  • Super shill Neil deGrasse Tyson - here to give vocal back up to the U.S.As' silly "Space force" business. The leel of stupidity and ignorrance to support all this from the man on the street - just becuase it's promoted well on television by celebrities. O.M.G what a daft world we live in. NASA: Cost to Tax payer: 50 million dollars a day.

  • If Donald Trump believe in science, Neil degrass Tyson should be Secretary of Space Force

  • no one clapped for asteroid defense but clapped for cleaning space debris.

  • Personal Astrophysicist, my ass! LOL

  • “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”

  • What an debris is out there floating around at 18,000 miles per hour how come then with all the satellites out there they have not been destroyed or damaged by all this space junk...or knocked out of its orbital trajectory...but what do I know after all pluto isn’t a planet because Neil the Ass Tyson says so.


  • DANIEL 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, """one like the Son of man""" came with the """CLOUDS of HEAVEN""", and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. Luke 9:34 King James Bible While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and 👉they feared👈 as they 👉ENTERED🤔 into the cloud.👈 PSALM 104:3 King James Bible Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the 👉CLOUDS HIS CHARIOTS:👈👉 who WALKETH upon the wings of the wind: PSALMS 68:17 The chariots of God [are] twenty thousand, [even] thousands of angels: the Lord [is] among them, [as in] SINAI, in the holy [place]. JEREMIAH 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots [shall be] as a whirlwind: his horses (CHARIOTS) are swifter than eagles (USA MILITARY MIGHT) . Woe unto us! for we are spoiled. Revelation 12:7 “And there was 👉WAR IN HEAVEN:👈 Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the DRAGON fought and his angels,” Obadiah 1:4 Though thou exalt thyself as the EAGLE👈👉 (UNITED STATES, E.U...ALSO UAE) , and though thou set thy 👈👉NEST (SPACE STATIONS) 👈 among the STARS, 👈thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

  • liar...

  • Talk show idiot: ORANGE MAN BAD Rational man: No its actually a good idea Talk show idiot: REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson is proof that black people can be intelligent

  • get a magnet

  • Damn. Slow down Stephen as you are pushing him. Good one !

  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson better either be offered some position in the Space Force or at least given an award for his advocacy for it!

  • It don’t help 😂

  • Stephen is a total douche

  • NASA originally possible still Military upper level China space program - also military

  • Colbert's Beard is Weird ..

  • I like it-debarge

  • It's black science dude!

  • It's so much fun to watch NdgT sperg out excitedly next to Colbert who's dry as an insurance claims rep - reminds me that people are still fun and quirky and energetic, not every media personality is an npc.

  • "I dunno anything"- Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2018

  • I hope and asteroid hits Stephen

  • its not bad idea, but the way trump imagine "space Force" is different

  • Neil looks like a black Dr. Phil lol

  • Great until someone attacks a satellite and the debris blows up all the other satellites.

  • I hope he runs for president

  • Colberts salary comes from oversea....which explains why he is paid to trash America.

  • This man is just as stupid as trump!!!!!

  • I see Trump's faithful idiots flocked to this pretty damn quickly.

  • The idea of a space force is not absurd if it is equipped to deal with asteroids the could pose a threat to cites, continents, or the entire earth, some sort of orbital defense is necessary, much better chance of an asteroid threat than say something like an alien one. The Tunguska impact was nothing compared to the asteroid that hit, wiped out the dinosaurs, and caused and ice age. It would be nice to be able to defend against something like that from happening again. So it's not an absurd concept in that sense, not to mention they could clean up space debris, which are technically a threat to satellites, then the materials can be re purposed or disposed of properly, gotta agree with Neil on this one.

  • I don’t care what people say, I’m joining this thing.

  • Obviously paid worker for NASA/government worker.Always asking for more money. Where do they get this money? From you

  • I've mostly considered Tyson as fairly rudimentary... but I don't even think he lives up to that measure here.

  • And he is supposed to be smart well not campared to Einstein or steven hawking hawking would probably use logic and his interlect to counteract this idea. of course we dont need space force its a stupid idea coming from a stupid president who likes nothing mlre than to have money in his pocket and poking the metaphorical bear.

  • I think Neil is just freakin Awsome! I watched alot of his documentarys.

  • im glad to see him neutral on the political sphere


  • I have a feeling cia operative Colbert knows more than Neil

  • A great guy. Smart and a sense of humor. What a man!

  • China and Russia has missiles which can maneuver at hyper sonic speed. You better get a space force.

  • What was the song that they were playing at the start?

  • This NASA guy is so damn cool

  • The peaceful use of space will end when technology has advanced enough for humanity to live out there in large numbers.

  • I can see his brain thinking faster than his mouth can speak

  • America, my country has now become the new Nazism in space and in other prosperities!!!! That is sad!!!!!!!!

  • When the Air Force came into service they just had a wooden plane with a gun attached to it and now look at the Air Force. One of the most important branches in the military today and possibly the most technologically advanced branch of the military.

  • It's kind of weird how the idea of asteroids defense got no response from the audience, but "cleaning space debris" got applauses... If you think defending ourselves against asteroids is not "ecological", then obviously you don't know what effects a big rock striking earth can have on life. For more information, ask any dinosaure in your neighborhood. Oh that's right, they didn't have a space program...

  • Not a crazy idea, an amazing idea, a must, GO SPACE FORCE! UNITED STATES SPACE FORCE!

  • I thought talk show hosts were smart..... never mind

  • Jesus, every time this man opens his mouth, I'm just mesmerized. I honestly watched this video about three times in order to fully absorb all of the information this man shared. The thing is, though, that even though he said "war in space" is not strategically sound, the idiot currently leading the most powerful (is that even a fact anymore? Nukes, still, so maybe) country in the world is neither strategic nor mentally sound, and if he is, it is entirely debatable.

  • NDT can explain *anything* to *anyone*

  • Colbert trying to join the league of beards with John Stewart and Letterman?

  • iS Mtzah Re,lTDED TO SiIEANs

  • I wish Carl Sagan was alive so he and Neil could have their own radio show

  • If only we could convert Trump into a space janitor...

  • Are we not going to talk about the beard?

  • You could tell the audience was disappointed because it wasn't yet another thoughtless "Let's shit on trump" fest.

  • Talkshow guy loves to interrupt, doesn't he?

  • Didnt he just go on joe rogan and say why this was a bad idea?

  • There so much hidden from us, I assure your people you are divine.

  • I don’t doubt we need to use outter space for the military but why a space force???

  • Neil has this innate ability to explain things even a kid could understand. He can condense and simplify something so complex into something even my niece would understand lol

  • I don't get why everyone is here is hating on Stephen in this instance. Well yeah He does Not Like Trump and thinks that He is crazy. You can clearly see that, even if you do not know him, but he does nothing more than directly asking Neil what He and many others seem to miss here, so we can have a rational discussion about this. And also, If the Air force is already doing all of this. Why create a space force in the first place? I mean some people would get work and need to get payed with the bureaucracy going into this? I guess?

  • Neil degrasse tyson is the only person that makes trump sound smart

  • Demonrats are pitiful

  • Ive personally saw space junk fall. Old Japaneese satelite few years ago. Scary and mindblowing sight.

    • domantfly Whoa, that was really cool! Thanks for the link!


    • +Mary Rose Kent No. Pieces were orange in color. Had the flaming tail as falling stars do but had a much slower fall. Sky was lit up by 100's of these pieces. It was scary and exciting sight. I had no idea what it was at the moment.

    • domantfly Was it like a shooting star?

    • +Mary Rose Kent Idaho state in US. Many people reported sightights that night even 500 miles away. It happened at night right above me and I was in high elevation driving a semi truck.

  • Problem is with America on space, would it defend all world? Only themselves? How could it work when a meteorite in Europe can wipe the us east coast? We need international space force, not an American one, otherwise ESA, Russia, chi è, Japan, everyone would want one, and good luck coordinating that

  • In deep space war could be easy

    • Without those problems affecting u too much with the right tech of course

  • "If you're coming at me and I think you're doing something bad." So it's a space Stand Your Ground law...

  • Black Man Talking about Space and scinece. WoW 😁😜

  • Nigga should make album

  • you know neil is spitting facts because his hands start twitching

  • Was anyone else expecting a blow dart to come from somewhere off camera?

  • What happened to trump not going to win the election???

  • Let's clean up our atmosphere before we worry about space debris

  • Not a fan of that “beard” you’ve got goin there

  • NASA actaully was the space agency that put the military satelittes into orbit. But good lie Neil.

    • On July 29, 1958, Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, establishing NASA. When it began operations on October 1, 1958, NASA absorbed the 43-year-old NACA intact; its 8,000 employees, an annual budget of US$100 million, three major research laboratories (Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, and Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory) and two small test facilities.[18] A NASA seal was approved by President Eisenhower in 1959.[19] Elements of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency and the United States Naval Research Laboratory were incorporated into NASA. A significant contributor to NASA's entry into the Space Race with the Soviet Union was the technology from the German rocket program led by Wernher von Braun, who was now working for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA), which in turn incorporated the technology of American scientist Robert Goddard's earlier works. Earlier research efforts within the US Air Force[18] and many of ARPA's early space programs were also transferred to NASA.[21] In December 1958, NASA gained control of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a contractor facility operated by the California Institute of Technology.[18]" -wiki "President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958 with a distinctly civilian, rather than military, orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science.[8] The National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958.[9][10] Since its establishment, most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo Moon landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the Space Launch System and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches." -Wiki interestingly, when Neil lies he thinks he is telling the truth because he has been ill-informed and is clearly bullshitting. NASA had orders from the military to launch over 20 satelittes every year in the 1980s and had strict time constraints which led to the space shuttle disaster. basic facts from engineering courses. anyway. amount of bs in this video is compelling me to see the future of American poltics.

  • *then proceeds to see comments*

  • Lol

  • They kicked Alex Jones off the internet because he pulls 5 times the audience that Colbert gets.

    • David Packer He was booted off because he was spreading lies that were having a deleterious effect on people.

  • What if one country relies heavily on technology and the other knows that destroying all the satellites in space, including it's own, would give it an advantage due to its lesser reliance on that technology. Go space force!

  • Finally, someone calls Colbert out! Even better that its Neil Tyson

  • Arent Power rangers space force a THING??? xD Hahah anyways have a damn nice daaaay!!

  • The USAF Space Command has 38,000 people in it and an annual budget of 19 billion dollars. Congress still has to approve a new branch of the Armed Forces.

  • Stupid.

  • I watched this video when it was first uploaded 2 weeks ago & by chance found myself here again today. Unlike 2 weeks ago, I didn't read any of the comments, but today I did & I feel that I should leave a comment. The comments being left by the many 'keyboard warriors' are pathetic. Clearly, there are a number of Trump supporters or, at least, sympathisers who went out of their way to write something in the comments section of a video from a show that is clearly critical of the president. You guys need to get a life. The comments are also saying things like 'Stephen is so dumb' or 'all Stephen Colbert wants to do is bash Trump'. Firstly, do you people really think that this interview hasn't been rehearsed? It's quite clear that the team at the Late Show brought Neil deGrasse Tyson on to present his views on the advantages of a Space Force. Secondly, I personally find it very difficult not to view Trump WITHOUT contempt. He is a known racist (see 's-hole country' remarks), misogynist (dismissive of #MeToo movement, Access Hollywood incident, countless comments on women) and warmonger, who was responsible for taking children away from their families. How can you support anyone like that? Does Stephen Colbert bash Trump too much? NO! Trump holds the most powerful office in the world and is damaging the US and its people with global repercussions.

  • He’s so energetic

  • Wow... all i can say. Tens of thousands of small fragments that are flying around low earth orbit at 16000mph. Yet they can track them and destroy them before any harm is done. Ya seems logical. Hey Neil how come we never see any satellites in high altitude footage? Or even 24hr timelapses from cameras? I have yet to see one and we have thousands up there

  • Putin renamed airforce into airspace force. I think Trump did a right thing. Space force works even on psychological level (don't mess with us, we have space force) LOL

  • but couldn't you just NOT blow it to pieces ? surely the worst solution is not the only solution.

  • look at this quiet crowd. They don't know what to think or do if trump isn't being bashed on every second

    • Andrew An Or maybe they’re fascinated by the conversation. No everything in this world is about the 🍊🍄💩.