Neil deGrasse Tyson is a professional astronomer and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He is a former chairman of The Planetary Society and has served on the President's "Moon, Mars and Beyond" commission, where he helped guide NASA's space exploration policy.
Earlier this decade, Tyson inadvertently set off a firestorm of debate when he brought the public's attention to an ongoing reevaluation of the icy outer solar system. He ended up being known in the media as "The Man Who Demoted Pluto". Of course, things aren't exactly that simple and Dr. Tyson has written a book, The Pluto Files, about his experiences with the icy dwarf planet.
In the first part of our interview with Dr. Tyson, he talks about how he got tied up in this controversy, speculates on future space exploration, and makes a startling prediction about discoveries he thinks might be just around the corner.
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Here in part 2 of our interview we get a little more in depth about the controversy over Pluto and it's eventual demotion.
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First, may I congratulate you sir on reaching 10,000 posts! How fitting it was used on complimenting me!!
As far as how and why, right place at the right time. I Got lucky he was getting ready to promote his new book. Fun book BTW. I really should get a review of it up. That will be on my short list of things to do.
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Neil is an outstanding ambassador from the Science community. His ability to explain and entertain make him a sought-after guest on talk shows and in documentaries. I loved his (humorous) theory of the Wall Street black hole!
Has a link to this been posted on SciFinds.com? I'm not sure how to do it, otherwise, I'd do so myself.
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