Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson on why he thinks private space firms will never go to Mars

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Aug 15, 2016

SpaceX is currently planning to put humans on Mars close to a decade before NASA gets there, but everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t believe it’ll happen. Why?

Our own Aaron Sagers caught up with Tyson, host of StarTalk on National Geographic -- nominated for an Emmy for the second year in a row in the category of Outstanding Informational Series or Special -- to figure out the race to Mars. So, what flaw does Tyson see in the hopes that private space firms will help lead the charge to the Red Planet? Put simply: There’s no real, profitable reason to be there, so how could SpaceX (or any company) justify the enormous cost required to pull it off?

Though he is starting to be a super-smart downer here, Tyson does note there’s another way to spin a mission to Mars that he thinks could serve a great public need: using a Mars push to inspire and empower the next great generation of scientists and thinkers, to allow the U.S. to replenish its supply of top talents.

Check out the interview below and let us know what you think:



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