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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  • Grok Effer
    Grok Effer Day ago

    To counter-act global warming, why don't we just deploy solar panels over strategic areas to both block some of the sunshine hitting the globe, and soak up energy to use to clean up near space? Antarctica, Greenland, the Sahara desert, parts of the oceans, etc. . Partial eclipses of the Sun drop the temperature by several degrees. A semi-permanent, movable, partial eclipse could power both a magnetic "jellyfish" to capture dangerous cosmic debris, as well as a space elevator. This would make much more sense to me than trying to put a permanent settlement on Mars.

  • PattiMichelle Sheaffer

    No, he's no genius. As far as I know he's never accomplished any significant science. He's just a funded loudmouth, like Kaku and Nye. The latest IPCC Special Report SP15 [2018] shows we're likely to go extinct far before these loudmouths' ideas can be implemented. But if he said these truths, he'd be out of a job. The whole international scientific community ignores him. Oh, and also Americans. If you want the actual scientific knowledge, look elsewhere.

  • Le_ Alien
    Le_ Alien 4 days ago

    dude, Neil just explain stuff why is the host interrupting cutting him?

  • archabe
    archabe 7 days ago


  • MaxTheBeast
    MaxTheBeast 7 days ago

    One must never wish war, but one must always be ready for it. That's why a space force is a wise idea.

  • Broderick Daniel
    Broderick Daniel 9 days ago +1

    0:15 Stephen was feeling the band 🔥.

  • Amina Amaré
    Amina Amaré 9 days ago

    I've always loved Niel.🌼🇺🇸

  • Mathew Stovell
    Mathew Stovell 12 days ago

    Super shill Neil deGrasse Tyson - here to give vocal back up to the U.S.As' silly "Space force" business.
    The leel of stupidity and ignorrance to support all this from the man on the street - just becuase it's promoted well on television by celebrities. O.M.G what a daft world we live in.
    NASA: Cost to Tax payer: 50 million dollars a day.

  • Muaz Azman
    Muaz Azman 13 days ago

    If Donald Trump believe in science, Neil degrass Tyson should be Secretary of Space Force

  • KozMc Odin
    KozMc Odin 14 days ago

    no one clapped for asteroid defense but clapped for cleaning space debris.

  • Ganesh Jadhav
    Ganesh Jadhav 15 days ago

    Personal Astrophysicist, my ass! LOL

  • Mekel Reen
    Mekel Reen 15 days ago

    “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”

  • Misty Meanor
    Misty Meanor 15 days ago

    What an debris is out there floating around at 18,000 miles per hour how come then with all the satellites out there they have not been destroyed or damaged by all this space junk...or knocked out of its orbital trajectory...but what do I know after all pluto isn’t a planet because Neil the Ass Tyson says so.

  • Batsinthebelltower
    Batsinthebelltower 17 days ago


  • 300 Elhanan
    300 Elhanan 18 days ago

    DANIEL 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, """one like the Son of man""" came with the """CLOUDS of HEAVEN""", and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
    Luke 9:34 King James Bible
    While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and 👉they feared👈 as they 👉ENTERED🤔 into the cloud.👈
    PSALM 104:3 King James Bible
    Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the 👉CLOUDS HIS CHARIOTS:👈👉 who WALKETH upon the wings of the wind:
    PSALMS 68:17 The chariots of God [are] twenty thousand, [even] thousands of angels: the Lord [is] among them, [as in] SINAI, in the holy [place].
    JEREMIAH 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots [shall be] as a whirlwind: his horses (CHARIOTS) are swifter than eagles (USA MILITARY MIGHT) . Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.
    Revelation 12:7
    “And there was 👉WAR IN HEAVEN:👈 Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the DRAGON fought and his angels,”
    Obadiah 1:4
    Though thou exalt thyself as the EAGLE👈👉 (UNITED STATES, E.U...ALSO UAE) , and though thou set thy 👈👉NEST (SPACE STATIONS) 👈 among the STARS, 👈thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

  • Sarah Henning
    Sarah Henning 19 days ago


  • Cheaper by the thousand

    Talk show idiot: ORANGE MAN BAD
    Rational man: No its actually a good idea

  • Solberg
    Solberg 21 day ago +1

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson is proof that black people can be intelligent

  • Devin Walt
    Devin Walt 23 days ago

    get a magnet

  • Jay
    Jay 24 days ago

    Damn. Slow down Stephen as you are pushing him. Good one !

  • no1reallycaresabout2
    no1reallycaresabout2 25 days ago

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson better either be offered some position in the Space Force or at least given an award for his advocacy for it!

  • Michelle Guerra
    Michelle Guerra 25 days ago

    It don’t help 😂

  • Smallie Biggs
    Smallie Biggs 25 days ago

    Stephen is a total douche

  • Suhaib Sufi
    Suhaib Sufi 26 days ago

    NASA originally possible still Military upper level
    China space program - also military

  • Rapologist
    Rapologist 27 days ago

    Colbert's Beard is Weird ..

    PANDEMIKADT 28 days ago

    I like it-debarge

  • Miguel Pereira
    Miguel Pereira 29 days ago

    It's black science dude!

  • Bugler55
    Bugler55 Month ago

    It's so much fun to watch NdgT sperg out excitedly next to Colbert who's dry as an insurance claims rep - reminds me that people are still fun and quirky and energetic, not every media personality is an npc.

  • Craggsy's Creed
    Craggsy's Creed Month ago

    "I dunno anything"- Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2018

  • Tara Edmonds
    Tara Edmonds Month ago

    I hope and asteroid hits Stephen

  • Aditya Prasetiyo
    Aditya Prasetiyo Month ago

    its not bad idea, but the way trump imagine "space Force" is different

  • boyddustin
    boyddustin Month ago

    Neil looks like a black Dr. Phil lol

  • Michæl Gilbert Clements

    Great until someone attacks a satellite and the debris blows up all the other satellites.

  • DarthAmerind
    DarthAmerind Month ago

    I hope he runs for president

  • CMG
    CMG Month ago

    Colberts salary comes from oversea....which explains why he is paid to trash America.

  • kawasakiindustries
    kawasakiindustries Month ago +1

    This man is just as stupid as trump!!!!!

  • Joseph Yenkosky
    Joseph Yenkosky Month ago

    I see Trump's faithful idiots flocked to this pretty damn quickly.

  • DankL0rd Sk0rN
    DankL0rd Sk0rN Month ago

    The idea of a space force is not absurd if it is equipped to deal with asteroids the could pose a threat to cites, continents, or the entire earth, some sort of orbital defense is necessary, much better chance of an asteroid threat than say something like an alien one. The Tunguska impact was nothing compared to the asteroid that hit, wiped out the dinosaurs, and caused and ice age. It would be nice to be able to defend against something like that from happening again. So it's not an absurd concept in that sense, not to mention they could clean up space debris, which are technically a threat to satellites, then the materials can be re purposed or disposed of properly, gotta agree with Neil on this one.

  • Deceased Anatomy
    Deceased Anatomy Month ago

    I don’t care what people say, I’m joining this thing.

  • IamRangers
    IamRangers Month ago

    Obviously paid worker for NASA/government worker.Always asking for more money. Where do they get this money? From you

  • Tom Funk
    Tom Funk Month ago

    I've mostly considered Tyson as fairly rudimentary... but I don't even think he lives up to that measure here.

  • Alexander McLucas
    Alexander McLucas Month ago

    And he is supposed to be smart well not campared to Einstein or steven hawking hawking would probably use logic and his interlect to counteract this idea. of course we dont need space force its a stupid idea coming from a stupid president who likes nothing mlre than to have money in his pocket and poking the metaphorical bear.

  • Nick Zagorov
    Nick Zagorov Month ago

    I think Neil is just freakin Awsome! I watched alot of his documentarys.

  • Omar Shalaby
    Omar Shalaby Month ago

    im glad to see him neutral on the political sphere

  • Charlotte Smith
    Charlotte Smith Month ago


  • Smith
    Smith Month ago

    I have a feeling cia operative Colbert knows more than Neil

  • Lois Wright
    Lois Wright Month ago

    A great guy. Smart and a sense of humor. What a man!

  • Joel Duncan
    Joel Duncan Month ago

    China and Russia has missiles which can maneuver at hyper sonic speed. You better get a space force.

  • Darkcosmic7
    Darkcosmic7 Month ago

    What was the song that they were playing at the start?

  • NeoJD
    NeoJD Month ago

    This NASA guy is so damn cool

  • Kyotra
    Kyotra Month ago

    The peaceful use of space will end when technology has advanced enough for humanity to live out there in large numbers.

  • Cmaz29
    Cmaz29 Month ago

    I can see his brain thinking faster than his mouth can speak

  • Nick Librizzi
    Nick Librizzi Month ago

    America, my country has now become the new Nazism in space and in other prosperities!!!! That is sad!!!!!!!!

  • Max Mate
    Max Mate Month ago

    When the Air Force came into service they just had a wooden plane with a gun attached to it and now look at the Air Force. One of the most important branches in the military today and possibly the most technologically advanced branch of the military.

  • 1571JohannesKepler
    1571JohannesKepler Month ago +1

    It's kind of weird how the idea of asteroids defense got no response from the audience, but "cleaning space debris" got applauses... If you think defending ourselves against asteroids is not "ecological", then obviously you don't know what effects a big rock striking earth can have on life. For more information, ask any dinosaure in your neighborhood. Oh that's right, they didn't have a space program...

  • Jonathan J. West
    Jonathan J. West Month ago

    Not a crazy idea, an amazing idea, a must, GO SPACE FORCE! UNITED STATES SPACE FORCE!

  • Odell James
    Odell James Month ago

    I thought talk show hosts were smart..... never mind

  • KaiserXIII
    KaiserXIII Month ago +1

    Jesus, every time this man opens his mouth, I'm just mesmerized. I honestly watched this video about three times in order to fully absorb all of the information this man shared.
    The thing is, though, that even though he said "war in space" is not strategically sound, the idiot currently leading the most powerful (is that even a fact anymore? Nukes, still, so maybe) country in the world is neither strategic nor mentally sound, and if he is, it is entirely debatable.

  • Vihar Contractor
    Vihar Contractor Month ago +1

    NDT can explain *anything* to *anyone*

  • Jack Simmons
    Jack Simmons Month ago

    Colbert trying to join the league of beards with John Stewart and Letterman?

  • Erasmus Dieterici
    Erasmus Dieterici Month ago

    iS Mtzah Re,lTDED TO SiIEANs

  • 5Oblivion
    5Oblivion Month ago

    I wish Carl Sagan was alive so he and Neil could have their own radio show

  • Pepsolman
    Pepsolman Month ago +1

    If only we could convert Trump into a space janitor...

  • Robert Gaudet
    Robert Gaudet Month ago

    Are we not going to talk about the beard?

  • Colorless Green
    Colorless Green Month ago

    You could tell the audience was disappointed because it wasn't yet another thoughtless "Let's shit on trump" fest.

  • Ceidiog Douglas
    Ceidiog Douglas Month ago

    Talkshow guy loves to interrupt, doesn't he?

  • Bryan Tha Hickey
    Bryan Tha Hickey Month ago

    Didnt he just go on joe rogan and say why this was a bad idea?

  • Brett Sanders
    Brett Sanders Month ago

    There so much hidden from us, I assure your people you are divine.

  • RDR JohnMarston
    RDR JohnMarston Month ago

    I don’t doubt we need to use outter space for the military but why a space force???

  • Rome Dela Rosa
    Rome Dela Rosa Month ago

    Neil has this innate ability to explain things even a kid could understand. He can condense and simplify something so complex into something even my niece would understand lol

  • NoobAssassin
    NoobAssassin Month ago

    I don't get why everyone is here is hating on Stephen in this instance.
    Well yeah He does Not Like Trump and thinks that He is crazy. You can clearly see that, even if you do not know him, but he does nothing more than directly asking Neil what He and many others seem to miss here, so we can have a rational discussion about this.
    And also, If the Air force is already doing all of this. Why create a space force in the first place?
    I mean some people would get work and need to get payed with the bureaucracy going into this? I guess?

  • Griffin_____basketball

    Neil degrasse tyson is the only person that makes trump sound smart

  • Kàzz an9ñ
    Kàzz an9ñ Month ago

    Demonrats are pitiful

  • domantfly
    domantfly Month ago

    Ive personally saw space junk fall. Old Japaneese satelite few years ago. Scary and mindblowing sight.

    • Mary Rose Kent
      Mary Rose Kent Month ago

      Whoa, that was really cool! Thanks for the link!

    • domantfly
      domantfly Month ago

    • domantfly
      domantfly Month ago

      +Mary Rose Kent
      No. Pieces were orange in color. Had the flaming tail as falling stars do but had a much slower fall. Sky was lit up by 100's of these pieces. It was scary and exciting sight. I had no idea what it was at the moment.

    • Mary Rose Kent
      Mary Rose Kent Month ago

      Was it like a shooting star?

    • domantfly
      domantfly Month ago

      +Mary Rose Kent Idaho state in US. Many people reported sightights that night even 500 miles away. It happened at night right above me and I was in high elevation driving a semi truck.

  • Andrea R.
    Andrea R. Month ago

    Problem is with America on space, would it defend all world? Only themselves? How could it work when a meteorite in Europe can wipe the us east coast? We need international space force, not an American one, otherwise ESA, Russia, chi è, Japan, everyone would want one, and good luck coordinating that

  • leuk515
    leuk515 Month ago

    In deep space war could be easy

    • leuk515
      leuk515 Month ago

      Without those problems affecting u too much with the right tech of course

  • Massangler1856
    Massangler1856 Month ago

    "If you're coming at me and I think you're doing something bad."
    So it's a space Stand Your Ground law...

  • Hassan Raza
    Hassan Raza Month ago

    Black Man Talking about Space and scinece. WoW 😁😜

  • G. Stallion
    G. Stallion Month ago

    Nigga should make album

  • Zachary Rhodes
    Zachary Rhodes Month ago

    you know neil is spitting facts because his hands start twitching

  • Dale Iverson
    Dale Iverson Month ago

    Was anyone else expecting a blow dart to come from somewhere off camera?

  • DullBoom
    DullBoom Month ago

    What happened to trump not going to win the election???

  • avg joe gaming
    avg joe gaming Month ago

    Let's clean up our atmosphere before we worry about space debris

  • Tim Skarin
    Tim Skarin Month ago

    Not a fan of that “beard” you’ve got goin there

  • AnyName AnyName
    AnyName AnyName Month ago

    NASA actaully was the space agency that put the military satelittes into orbit. But good lie Neil.

    • AnyName AnyName
      AnyName AnyName Month ago

      On July 29, 1958, Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, establishing NASA. When it began operations on October 1, 1958, NASA absorbed the 43-year-old NACA intact; its 8,000 employees, an annual budget of US$100 million, three major research laboratories (Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, and Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory) and two small test facilities.[18] A NASA seal was approved by President Eisenhower in 1959.[19] Elements of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency and the United States Naval Research Laboratory were incorporated into NASA. A significant contributor to NASA's entry into the Space Race with the Soviet Union was the technology from the German rocket program led by Wernher von Braun, who was now working for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA), which in turn incorporated the technology of American scientist Robert Goddard's earlier works.
      Earlier research efforts within the US Air Force[18] and many of ARPA's early space programs were also transferred to NASA.[21] In December 1958, NASA gained control of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a contractor facility operated by the California Institute of Technology.[18]"
      "President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958 with a distinctly civilian, rather than military, orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science.[8] The National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958.[9][10] Since its establishment, most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo Moon landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the Space Launch System and Commercial Crew vehicles.
      The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches." -Wiki
      interestingly, when Neil lies he thinks he is telling the truth because he has been ill-informed and is clearly bullshitting. NASA had orders from the military to launch over 20 satelittes every year in the 1980s and had strict time constraints which led to the space shuttle disaster. basic facts from engineering courses. anyway. amount of bs in this video is compelling me to see the future of American poltics.

  • Kevin Zhang
    Kevin Zhang Month ago

    *then proceeds to see comments*

  • Tim George
    Tim George Month ago


  • David Packer
    David Packer Month ago

    They kicked Alex Jones off the internet because he pulls 5 times the audience that Colbert gets.

    • Mary Rose Kent
      Mary Rose Kent Month ago

      David Packer
      He was booted off because he was spreading lies that were having a deleterious effect on people.

  • kcco69er
    kcco69er Month ago

    What if one country relies heavily on technology and the other knows that destroying all the satellites in space, including it's own, would give it an advantage due to its lesser reliance on that technology. Go space force!

  • Preston  Sturgis
    Preston Sturgis Month ago

    Finally, someone calls Colbert out! Even better that its Neil Tyson

  • Dominik Biljan
    Dominik Biljan Month ago

    Arent Power rangers space force a THING???

    xD Hahah anyways have a damn nice daaaay!!

  • Teddyballgame
    Teddyballgame Month ago

    The USAF Space Command has 38,000 people in it and an annual budget of 19 billion dollars. Congress still has to approve a new branch of the Armed Forces.

  • L J
    L J Month ago


  • Adrian B
    Adrian B Month ago +1

    I watched this video when it was first uploaded 2 weeks ago & by chance found myself here again today. Unlike 2 weeks ago, I didn't read any of the comments, but today I did & I feel that I should leave a comment. The comments being left by the many 'keyboard warriors' are pathetic.
    Clearly, there are a number of Trump supporters or, at least, sympathisers who went out of their way to write something in the comments section of a video from a show that is clearly critical of the president. You guys need to get a life.
    The comments are also saying things like 'Stephen is so dumb' or 'all Stephen Colbert wants to do is bash Trump'. Firstly, do you people really think that this interview hasn't been rehearsed? It's quite clear that the team at the Late Show brought Neil deGrasse Tyson on to present his views on the advantages of a Space Force.
    Secondly, I personally find it very difficult not to view Trump WITHOUT contempt. He is a known racist (see 's-hole country' remarks), misogynist (dismissive of #MeToo movement, Access Hollywood incident, countless comments on women) and warmonger, who was responsible for taking children away from their families. How can you support anyone like that? Does Stephen Colbert bash Trump too much? NO! Trump holds the most powerful office in the world and is damaging the US and its people with global repercussions.

  • Andrew Locker
    Andrew Locker Month ago

    He’s so energetic

  • SauronSatan
    SauronSatan Month ago

    Wow... all i can say. Tens of thousands of small fragments that are flying around low earth orbit at 16000mph. Yet they can track them and destroy them before any harm is done.
    Ya seems logical.
    Hey Neil how come we never see any satellites in high altitude footage? Or even 24hr timelapses from cameras? I have yet to see one and we have thousands up there

  • Andrey Pavlov
    Andrey Pavlov Month ago

    Putin renamed airforce into airspace force. I think Trump did a right thing. Space force works even on psychological level (don't mess with us, we have space force) LOL

  • Jonathan Aller
    Jonathan Aller Month ago

    but couldn't you just NOT blow it to pieces ? surely the worst solution is not the only solution.

  • Andrew An
    Andrew An Month ago

    look at this quiet crowd. They don't know what to think or do if trump isn't being bashed on every second

    • Mary Rose Kent
      Mary Rose Kent Month ago

      Andrew An
      Or maybe they’re fascinated by the conversation. No everything in this world is about the 🍊🍄💩.