Neil Degrasse Tyson is saying the things that I have been saying.
The only difference is I have been saying these things for years. Neil must have read my posts and is now trying to align himself with my way of thinking.
I have talked a lot about how private Companies are not as innovative as they all pretend to be. A lot of the innovation comes straight from the Government. Neil is now saying the same thing.
I have made fun of the idea of privatizing space travel and the delusion that the private sector can do a better job than NASA. Neil is now saying the exact same thing.
Just always remember who was saying these things first.....I was saying them before they were the sexy opinions to say.
"let’s just take the iPhone. The iPhone was not something that was invented in Apple’s labs. The iPhone has a touchscreen — well, Apple didn’t invent the touchscreen, the touchscreen was invented by an NSF grant to the Library of Congress for their visitor program. The iPhone can tell you where you are on the Earth’s surface — well those are GPS satellites, launched by the military, now a highly commercialized role, initially only a military role — but Apple did not invest in these satellites to make its iPhone find where you are on Earth. So who would’ve thought you could take these things, put them together, and have that become your product."
"You’re missing the fact that we only declared we’re going to the Moon because we were at war with the Soviet Union, we were in a cold war, so this is a war of technologies. The fact that Sputnik was launched in a hollowed out intercontinental ballistic missile shell — no one thought about the space over the atmosphere. We knew that you could control your own airspace, but how about your "space" space?"
"So there was our sworn enemy’s spacecraft flying over our head, and we knew it because they would send out radio signals and you could detect it. And so that’s why we went to the Moon. We didn’t go to the Moon because we’re explorers or discoverers, or we’re Americans. There’s a whole delusional front story that we tell ourselves about that era. And then, when we don’t go end up going to Mars, people cry foul. It was war that got us there, so let’s just be honest about that."