Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Billionaire Space Race: ‘This Is America’

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson defended private space exploration Monday amid the criticism that’s been lobbed at billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson for their forays into space. Critics say that there are plenty of problems on Earth that need to be addressed, and that billionaires using some of their fortunes (and in some cases, taxpayer dollars) on going to space is a waste of resources.

Tyson pushed back on those claims. “There has been inequality and hunger, and [the] poor, and racism, and all these problems,” he told Ari Melber. “All that long predates anybody’s attempt to fly in space, so to now look at success in space launches and say, ‘Because we’re doing that is why we
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