As is so very often the case, Neil deGrasse Tyson is completely correct. Whenever people bemoan the state of the American space program to me (and trust me, it happens all the time), they usually do it without any understanding of the context of where all of it fits into the grand scheme of things. We do not spend a lot of money on space. Yes, $6 billion sounds like a heck of a lot, but that’s money spent over years. That’s money that’s gone to American scientists and engineers and companies. Money spent on the space program is spent here on Earth. We don’t load it onto a rocket and send it into space.
This composite of Cassini fly-by photos contains no CGI and no 3D modelling. Watch in fullscreen HD and be amazed.
Space-related PSAs for the win. Expect an HD video of Discovery’s launch as soon as I can find it.
I shall continue my tributes to Carl Sagan because he is unfailingly stirring whenever anyone uses his words.