Neil deGrasse Tyson talks India landing on the moon’s south pole YouTube Video
Neil deGrasse Tyson talks India landing on the moon’s south pole YouTube Video Description
India became the fourth country to successfully land a spacecraft on the moon, but is the first country to land near the moon’s south pole. Neil deGrasse Tyson joins TODAY to weigh in on the significance of the achievement and the science behind it.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson talks India landing on the moon’s south pole Automated Transcript By Speak
We choose to go to the moon, we choose to go to the moon.Yes, we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard
that by the way, one of the most iconic speeches in American history, that was September 1962 that was John F. Kennedy announcing America’s intention to put a man on the moon. Well, here we are 61 years later and we’re talking about another historic moon moment. Yes, we
are because India just became the fourth nation to successfully land the spacecraft on the moon. But India is the only country that has ever landed near the moon’s South Pole. And that’s significant
here to explain why this is so significant. We have astrophysicist and author Neil Degrasse Tyson here to break it down for us. Good morning to you. Good morning. So let’s put this in perspective here. Why is this landing so close to the moon’s South pole? So significant. Well,
so you may know that the farther away from the equator you go, the lower the sun’s arc is in the sky. So you’re near the poles, the sun just barely ambles above the horizon. If you, the same is true on the moon, if you go to the South Pole where there are craters that have rims, the altitude of the sun over the horizon is not high enough to reach the bottom of the crater. So it’s literally where the sun don’t shine. And so so so, so when the moon’s hit by asteroids and comets, comets have water. If water lands in those places, they’re called coal traps and the water never goes away. Well, that’s the
key there, the water. So you’re near water and that’s interesting. But what I found surprising is water is something that may actually be able to be transformed into fuels.
Yes. So you can drink water. But if you separate the hydrogen and the oxygen h2o and bring them back together, it is rocket fuel and you know what the exhaust is water. So it’s, it’s pretty clean rocket fuel and that’s the main engine of the space shuttle, that big orange tank that they use, that’s hydrogen and oxygen being merged together to create the thrust to put that puppy into orbit. We
understand you actually met with the Indian Prime Minister earlier this summer. What did you two talk about with regard to space
exploration? That was his first comment. He says here are our plans for space. We want to uh uh uh involve private enterprise. We wanna grow. I said Yeah, good. I said, try to make sure everybody is involved because then the whole country can participate because India is a diverse community of, of, of ethnicities and religions. And I said that way the whole country can, can share in these visions and maybe uh ambitions in space could be one of the greatest forces of peace
and unify, a
unifying force of peace.
marinate for a minute. Thank you, Neil. Happy that you came to see us. Thank you.
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