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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  • Shawn Duggan
    Shawn Duggan 12 hours ago

    Not a big fan of Neil. I just feel he is the spokesman of the required supported answer. He makes me feel like he doesn't want people to think and ask questions. Not the man to fill the shoes of the late Carl Sagan. Carl never told you how anything was. He just challenged you to look for the answers.

  • Dillinger
    Dillinger 17 hours ago

    What's the song the band's playing when Neil walks out?

  • un known
    un known 19 hours ago

    Democrat-think: Every f*cking idea Trump has is crazy no matter what.

  • l2ebel96
    l2ebel96 22 hours ago

    Subscribed just for this! The intro song is soo funk tho!! What's the name of it?

  • E Drew
    E Drew 23 hours ago

    I never liked NDT's showman tendencies, but make no mistake - the man knows what he speaks of.

  • zool201975
    zool201975 Day ago

    haha by now with the fact trump never said anything reasonable in his life (or things that sound reasonable until asked for details and the insanity insues)
    by now it is a statement akin to well god exists because you cannot prove he doesn't..
    niel always tries to keep as many people listening to him so i get his angle with this.
    but the only people he gets listening for a moment are dumpsters..
    two words further and you lost those dumb fucks again anyway.
    i doubt he doesn't see the futility in teaching calculus to cows why think its any better with doing something more complex with people who's brains barely function because of apathy?
    trump is not going to have a solution to space debris.. he wants soldiers in space to fight the Chinese presence..
    so him using this as an example in trump being reasonable at times is a terrible example lol.

  • john hill
    john hill Day ago

    space force shouldn't exist as a separate entity . let it be part of the USAF

  • Emily Sikora
    Emily Sikora Day ago

    Why are there so many trumptards in the comments. Neil isn’t advocating for trump as a political leader. He’s just talking about the probability of militarizing space. Neil degrasse Tyson doesn’t like or vouch for trump sorry redneck republicans you don’t get to have this guy on your side. He’s made it very clear he’s not.

  • Turtle Guy
    Turtle Guy Day ago

    Ugh... Colbert has a scientific genius on the show that is capable of talking to anyone and explaining the craziest concepts to average people and he goes to Trump withing the first 4 seconds. I feel sorry for Colbert. It's like Trump is consuming his every thought and he has no life or thoughts that don't involve Trump.

  • snake420100
    snake420100 Day ago

    theres a car in orbit look it up

  • Max Bepunkt
    Max Bepunkt Day ago

    Hes so down to earth while being up in space.

  • jamie lanster
    jamie lanster 2 days ago

    He is talking about orbit, how can neil not know the difference between war in space and war in orbit?

  • Siddharth Parida
    Siddharth Parida 2 days ago

    "Just because it came out of Neil deGrasse Tyson's mouth doesn't mean it's a good idea".

  • James T.
    James T. 2 days ago

    Trump's Space Marines... Reminds me of GTA somehow.

  • jango boba
    jango boba 2 days ago

    And just like that NDT was off the Christmas card list..

  • Ted Phillips
    Ted Phillips 2 days ago

    I stopped watching television back in November 2016 along with the rest of the intelligent world.

  • Jeff Ferguson
    Jeff Ferguson 2 days ago

    everyone laughed at Trump when he said he could achieve 3 % growth. Turns out he is achieving 4.3 %. Don't underestimate Trump. MAGA 2020 #WALKAWAY

  • Ana Diaz
    Ana Diaz 2 days ago

    2:30 someone make me a GIF of that right now pretty pleeeaaasee!!!🤣

  • Juan Carlos Gonzalez

    Let's just say that when Trump says "Space Force", "Optimized command & control of space assets" is not what his supporters are hearing ¬_¬

  • Ramsés Vásquez
    Ramsés Vásquez 2 days ago

    With a baptismal like Nail of Grace, how could he not Look Celestial? He surely was predestined to become an astrophysicist.....take or leave...LOLLLLLL he works as a heathen in Hayden Museum (l8r he absconds)

  • onoma eponimo
    onoma eponimo 2 days ago

    The only good choice for americans all this years is trump

  • Cory Tollman
    Cory Tollman 2 days ago

    Make it the Space Guard so it's more like the Coast Guard.

  • Sven
    Sven 2 days ago

    I think Trump talked to Putin, (Russian Space Forces) Trump is like, space force, we need space force!

  • Eric Jeffrey
    Eric Jeffrey 2 days ago

    It really is a show of how arrogant the human race is, thinking that its not a good idea to have a militant space fleet to protect us from aliens

  • Eric Jeffrey
    Eric Jeffrey 2 days ago

    Neal degrasse tyson is black jesus

  • Suleiman Yusuf
    Suleiman Yusuf 2 days ago

    He is a very intelligent man but that hairline though😂

  • Hurtz
    Hurtz 2 days ago

    What is going on with the comments, talking about "ignorant" Colbert being "shut down" by Tyson? Obviously Colbert wants Tyson to explain his points to the (possably uneducated) viewer and gets him to do so by asking him the respective questions. You wouldn't actually believe he was beeing serious when asking if space could be vacuumed, ...?

  • Confused Kiwi
    Confused Kiwi 3 days ago

    SC is a dummy just saying. Suppose your entire country are dummies though ......... With the occasional outliers

  • Jack Hubley
    Jack Hubley 3 days ago

    Just because it came out of a whinny, narcissistic, shit for brains 4 year old doesn't make it a bad idea , Let's let him drive the car.
    Just because an award winning astrophysicist who was there, is still touting the "official" 911 line doesn't mean that a 4 year old couldn't figure it out.

  • Manny Santiago
    Manny Santiago 3 days ago

    I miss Carl Sagan. Neil Degrasse Tyson is too much of an establishment apologist.
    Sagan would have questioned the $200 billion military budget increase in a time where there is many other social programs that money could have been invested in.

  • Blake the Tank
    Blake the Tank 3 days ago

    @5:00 wow that made Colbert extremely uncomfortable.

  • Abu Khaluf Ibn Talib As-Siddiq Al-Walid

    Colbert doesn’t deserve to lick this man’s boots.

  • Kain Nosgoth
    Kain Nosgoth 3 days ago

    When Trump's Space Force discovers and accidentally opens the Hell Gate on Mars, I suppose Robert Mueller will be looking for collusion in that too..

  • Ward McCreery
    Ward McCreery 3 days ago

    I saw an interview with Trump supporters and the interviewer asked about NASA and they said Trumps space force would tell them what's really going on space, like NASA isn't tell us everything that's going un space, that their information us supect, more conspiracy theory garbage!!

  • Ward McCreery
    Ward McCreery 3 days ago

    Plausible denied - ability they track screws, a lost glove, paint chips and the like!!

  • Ferdinand St-Hilaire

    It is not. Just like using my unicorn to pick up my date on the first encounter.

  • å
    å 3 days ago

    I already heard these stories in Joe Rogan experience

  • Dennis Menace
    Dennis Menace 4 days ago

    and the martians are going to pay for it

  • joe toner
    joe toner 4 days ago

    the intro music is "i like it" by debarge

  • Fabulist 0bamma
    Fabulist 0bamma 4 days ago

    China blew up a Satellite in order to add to Space Junk.

  • Fabulist 0bamma
    Fabulist 0bamma 4 days ago

    The Gov't knows something they're not telling us...

  • dani Leuenberger
    dani Leuenberger 4 days ago

    ya but are wars not a bad idea in general but people keep doing them anyways.

  • HMan
    HMan 4 days ago

    You are like an innocent child NDT... The military will not clean space or defend against asteroids. They want to build orbital bombardment weapon platforms. That's what Trump wants anyway, unaware that there are International treaties that forbid it. It's not nuclear and no other nation has the means to do it, so they will classify them separately than other WMDs, and start dropping tungsten rods on countries that won't give them their oil a few megatons at a time.
    Now you might expect that splitting space command from the air force will lower the air force budget and reallocate part of it to the new space force... Yeah, right...

  • You Truly
    You Truly 4 days ago +1

    Trump Has Much Guidance To. Even My Elders Require Guidance Sometimes.

    • You Truly
      You Truly 4 days ago +1

      Trump Is The President Of An Entire Great Country. Surely You Don't Think He Speak Only On His Own Behalf.

  • Tom Mc
    Tom Mc 4 days ago

    Y'all realize these interactions are rehearsed? Steve is giving him easy ignorant opposing questions because they both have an agenda. Trying to get a reaction out of us whether or not they even believe what they're saying. Oops nevermind, I forgot my place.

  • ToddJohnsonEveningNews

    I used to like colbert a lot, but he just doesn’t have any common sense. Jumping on the ‘shit on trump because thats how you get views’ wagon is just weak.

  • b b
    b b 4 days ago

    BS to get your tax money

  • Seekarr
    Seekarr 4 days ago

    I am pretty sure Trump made Space Force because he believes aliens are coming from Mars.

  • ZakAshChan
    ZakAshChan 4 days ago

    You don't want someone with a multitude of scientific accolades, praising an idea formed in the mind of a narcissist who just so happens to be the highest in the chain of command of a military force. ... Stupid move, Tyson.
    Number 45 will take what you've said and spin it as support for his ideas. Ideas - plural.

  • john mcdonald
    john mcdonald 4 days ago

    they wouldnt need to blow up the satellites, they could fry them with a laser or some other advanced weapon and im sure neil forgot to mention that lol

  • Alienxfb14
    Alienxfb14 4 days ago

    Stephen has completely woven his entire fabric and identity around the fact that everything Trump says is wrong or evil, regardless of whether or not it is. It has become his schtick. It’s predictable. And in the world of show business, predictability is the worst thing someone can have.

  • Jeanette D.
    Jeanette D. 4 days ago

    Does anyone know what Trumps Space Force is all about? Haven't heard himself explaining anything - and neither people who thinks it's a good idea. Don't know if the links works ....but here it is, and it's quite amusing :o)

  • SageMontana
    SageMontana 4 days ago

    I never thought I’d hear Neil degrasse Tyson say “we need somma dat”

  • Johan Persson
    Johan Persson 4 days ago

    Lasers Neil, lasers! no need for no projectiles in space man!

  • Martin Xayachack
    Martin Xayachack 4 days ago

    Bigger picture here; why spens fundings to start something that basically will do what we've been doing ???? Or am I wrong ???

  • Joe Calandria
    Joe Calandria 4 days ago

    Meth played a role in this interview

  • cluelessbeats
    cluelessbeats 4 days ago

    I wish I loved anything as much as he loves space

  • Paul Feinberg
    Paul Feinberg 4 days ago

    What a treasure of a man...

  • Santhoshi Srilaya Routhu

    This man is the richard feynman of astrophysics

  • Smokedship
    Smokedship 5 days ago

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson is pro anything that would throw billions at the ridiculous expenses of space exploration. So basically he’s just trying to protect his job at the expense of the planet. Rather than wasting all that money and resources on looking outside the planet, why not just use it to settle our home planet instead?
    Synthetic Non-Vegitrian food, Global Warming, A-Forestation, Pollution control, alternate fuels, Law Enforcement etc, all these things can be helped move in leaps and bounds if the same amount of money and intellectual resources are used on them.

  • tariqkhwaja
    tariqkhwaja 5 days ago

    Common sense ... common sense is that even in our world military excursions (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Rohngya, Israel/Palestine) always lead to blow back (in the form of terrorism, ISIS, etc.). Until World War ... it's the same inescapable concept.
    But since the result is not immediate nobody cares to give it a second thought unfortunately.
    May God guide us towards unity and peace.

  • Work4Love3000
    Work4Love3000 5 days ago

    Heyyyy! "I like it" Debarge

  • Daisy Leigh
    Daisy Leigh 5 days ago +1


  • Shawn Osborne
    Shawn Osborne 5 days ago

    Rods of the gods

  • Shawn Osborne
    Shawn Osborne 5 days ago

    Space debri.....

  • Shawn Osborne
    Shawn Osborne 5 days ago


  • Knegrodamus
    Knegrodamus 5 days ago

    “Aww you so know ,Ima get you drunk” 🤣 2 divorces later I’m here

  • Rachael Kowalewski
    Rachael Kowalewski 5 days ago

    Wow, this comment section is the most goddamn cancerous thing I’ve seen in a long time.

  • omarofuae
    omarofuae 5 days ago

    Neil obviously wants to be part of the Space Force.

  • Micah Parsons
    Micah Parsons 5 days ago

    Is it just me or is Neil bugging out on something?

  • FattyMcButterPants
    FattyMcButterPants 5 days ago

    CNN: Neil deGrasse Tyson is a racist warmonger that rapes 100 women a night and loves donald trump

  • FattyMcButterPants
    FattyMcButterPants 5 days ago

    Leftists don't care. They would criticize trump for world peace if he accomplished that, they are just brainwashed morons.

    • FattyMcButterPants
      FattyMcButterPants 5 days ago

      i liek cup cakes!!!!!!!!

    • Bump_Stockk -
      Bump_Stockk - 5 days ago

      FattyMcButterPants we actually compliment trump on the shit he does do right, it’s just that that doesn’t happen every day.

  • Ian Nicely
    Ian Nicely 5 days ago

    Probably the only thing I’ve ever heard NDT say that i didnt have a problem with...

  • _Sky_
    _Sky_ 5 days ago

    Anybody watching this in 2039 when the Space Force took down one of the Chinese satellites and caused the Kessler effect?

  • iMaDeMoN
    iMaDeMoN 5 days ago

    (18,000 mph) Remember that speed is relative. If we are all in orbit going in the same direction when a piece debris falls off the satellite, the relative difference in speed is small.

  • Diana Martin
    Diana Martin 5 days ago he said, we ALREADY have this covered. We don't need to waste taxpayer money on "creating" an entirely new "force". It's just a money grab for more defense spending!

  • xKami102x
    xKami102x 5 days ago

    I'm sorry Colbert but holy god, your complete lack of understanding of how space works, space militarization and how space debris ACTUALLY WORKS is mind boggling

  • yourpissingmeoffgoogle yeah

    love how people laughed when he said mustard gas getting pushed by the wind back into your trench. Yeah having something burning your lungs and throat while giving you boils all over your body is hilarious.

  • troiscarottes
    troiscarottes 5 days ago

    My regard for Neil de Grasse Tyson has just dropped a few thousand miles . Unless of course he wants to send all the high-ranking members of the US military into outer space on a one-way ticket. But I'm not optimistic.

    • Interfilamentar
      Interfilamentar 4 days ago

      You'd probably really hate him them if you found out he's been telling people for over a decade that funding for science always goes up under a Republican dominated Fed, and goes down when the Democrats have power.

  • kamdaddypurp
    kamdaddypurp 5 days ago

    He’ll never be on the show again

  • Nitish Anand
    Nitish Anand 5 days ago

    suddenly i want to play cod infinite warfare

  • Golden 47
    Golden 47 5 days ago

    Star Wars in a nutshell and every fan just got fucked by Tyson.

  • redbeard
    redbeard 5 days ago

    How can anyone take Tyson seriously, when he clearly revels in showmanship? People don't think that maybe there's way way way better scientists out there, who are more interested in science than soaking spotlight? He's not wrong about Lord Trump's Imperial Space Force though.

  • becky selfridge
    becky selfridge 5 days ago

    neil is for science, not politic. he is truly a man of intellect

  • Karou Lilliehook
    Karou Lilliehook 5 days ago

    i will always hate neil tyson. he made pluto not a planet, and for that i just... i just cannot forgive him but damn if he isnt a brilliant and well dressed man.

  • Conscious
    Conscious 6 days ago +1

    Tyson knows damn well that the US empire would find new ways to invade countries to steal control of their resources. He's a salesman for the Military Industrial Complex. The tool for the Central Bank oligarchs.

  • Blake Lawson
    Blake Lawson 6 days ago

    One thing I bet most people don't realize when they hate on the idea of a space force is that nuclear bombs travel through space to get to their destination. I don't know about them, but I don't feel like getting hit with a nuke. We have technology to stop them, but it's far from perfect. It would be nice if we a branch that could have more of a focus on threats like that.

  • Drudley
    Drudley 6 days ago

    I never really got why Neil was into the space force.. But this explained a lot.

  • Julie W.
    Julie W. 6 days ago’t-get-mexico-to-pay-for-his-wall-now-americans-won’t-pay-either/ar-BBNmjco?ocid=spartandhp
    Wow, that thing sounds expensive (the wall). Don't know why any Americans actually BELIEVED that another country would pay for it - do you have any idea how expensive that thing would be?? Actually, I do know why they believed it. They actually believe Americans speak, and the rest of the world just does (lmao). If it ever happens (that they build it, although the American taxpayer will pay for it), any contractors better ask for their money up front (lol).

  • Pandemonium
    Pandemonium 6 days ago +1

    Preparing for war.

  • Osiris Thomas
    Osiris Thomas 6 days ago

    We are currently recruiting for the space force we need 400,000 low IQ individuals without jobs for manual labor in slightly dangerous positions.Our new radiation suits work great,Russia already has advanced spaced weapons. We need volunteers to wash satellites in space and arm them since we are years behind.Are there any patriots out there? If so email

  • Jason Blade
    Jason Blade 6 days ago

    Lmao at trumptards idiots in the comment.

  • lizard of_odds
    lizard of_odds 6 days ago


  • alanlpctech
    alanlpctech 6 days ago

    Good way to lower your credibility by being on Colbert

  • Candy Corn
    Candy Corn 6 days ago +2

    Stephen needs to shut his mouth, he bashes trump but because of the tax cuts trump has made Stephen is probably making twice as much as he did before.

  • Shawn Lecrone
    Shawn Lecrone 6 days ago +4

    If we can't have peace on Earth, we will not have peace in space.

  • J Ram
    J Ram 6 days ago

    Whats that song name at the beginning when Neil walks out

  • Ole Timer
    Ole Timer 6 days ago

    So Neil must make a lot of money working for NASA so why is he in the IMDB website, an actor for hire site ??? 😅🤣😂 #NeilAndNasaAreFake

    • Interfilamentar
      Interfilamentar 4 days ago

      They paid him to say scripted lines on camera. So yeah, he's an actor. He was also in one of those Superman Movies. What would be even more funny is if Neil paid Trump to create the Space Force to help him promote this new book he's trying to sell. That would be hilarious!

  • Mademoiselle Minou
    Mademoiselle Minou 6 days ago

    Black hair-White beard. Now I’m no Astrophysicist, but...............that’s not accurate. 🤔

  • Mike Wilson
    Mike Wilson 6 days ago +1

    okay okay so trump got one thing right. BUT THAT'S IT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE