In this illustrated talk, Neil deGrasse Tyson will explore the perennial mismatch between collective expectations of where we should be in space by now and the geopolitical, cultural, and economic realities that limit it.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and host and executive editor the the PBS NOVA scienceNow TV show. His research interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of the Milky Way. The author of several volumes, his book Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier reflects on the discrepancy between the public’s vision of space exploration and the factors that thwart progress in that field. From 1994 to 2003 Tyson was a visiting research scientist and lecturer at Princeton University.