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Neil deGrasse Tyson Sympathizes With Newt Gingrich’s Moon Mission

Appearing on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, director of the Hayden Planetarium and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sympathized with Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich’s ambitious vision for a moon base. “If the nation dreams big and that percolates its way through society, the dreams are enabled by prowess in science. Once everybody gets the feeling through them, they want to become scientists and engineers and participate in this adventure,” Tyson exclaimed. “Scientists and engineers — who are the seeds of tomorrow’s economies in this competitive 21st century we’re entering.”

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Gingrich told reporters he had bold dreams for a moon colony on Wednesday. “By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American,” Gingrich said.

Bashir wondered if such a pie-in-the-sky goal would be possible.

“He admitted that’s an ambitious goal,” Tyson noted. “I don’t have a problem with Gingrich’s goal. The naysayers are not the engineers. They recognize that certain ambitions might not be possible. He’s going to have to change the nation’s understanding and valuation of what it is to embark on those types of adventures.”

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