“If the dinosaurs had a space program, they’d still be here and we wouldn’t.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants Space Force to defend Earth

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Sun, Sep 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Neil deGrasse Tyson hopes that the Space Force, the sixth branch of the U.S. military reportedly proposed by Donald Trump, should be used to defend Earth from asteroids and perform an orbital clean-up. Tyson also discusses the close relationship scientists and the military have.

“I’d kind of like to see it have some way to clean up space debris. I’d kind of like to see it have a way to defend the earth against asteroid impacts,” Tyson told POLITICO Space. “I bet if the dinosaurs had a space program, they’d still be here and we wouldn’t.”

Tyson, whose book “Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military" comes out Tuesday, also talked about the long history of astrophysicists and troops sharing tools and knowledge. The book is co-written by writer-researcher Avis Lang.

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