In this fantastic speech, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the importance of space exploration and the effect NASA has had, not on technology or science, but on culture.
I have to say I really love this address. I've honestly listened to it at least 3 times today alone in an effort to remember more of the arguments Tyson uses to defend NASA's importance. In fact, Tyson does a remarkable job of supporting an organization that I haven't been particularly fond of for quite a few year -- and even goes so far as to explain why NASA does not hold the same place in the public conscience that it did 50 years ago.
But what do you think? Does space exploration really have such a massive effect on society, not only on technology but on culture and the arts? Tell us what you think!
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