A fan wants to know the best way to ensure that NASA gets the funding it needs, and the answer doesn’t fit into a sound bite. In this thoughtful conversation, Bill Nye, the CEO of the Planetary Society, and former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino tell Eugene Mirman that the answer is less about stubborn legislators and science illiteracy, and more about increasing public awareness of the value we get from NASA and the space program, from international cooperation to the innovation and optimism that comes from the problem solving aspect of space exploration. That, and voting.
When a fan asks about investment in STEM education, Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society, points out that if we had a robust space exploration program, we wouldn’t need to run around screaming about funding STEM. As comic co-host Eugene Mirman says, “science trickles down.” Guest astronaut Mike Massimino talks about the science objectives of his two shuttle flights to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, including the discovery of dark matter.
A fan wants to know how long before we can mount a manned mission to explore Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Bill Nye, the CEO of the Planetary Society, and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, discuss practical issues like radiation shielding and bone loss. But it’s comic co-host Eugene Mirman‘s suggestion that Astro Mike calls “genius.” Decide for yourself in this StarTalk Radio Cosmic Query “Behind the Scenes” video.
Is the money we spend on NASA well spent? Find out what NASA’s ROI (Return on Investment) is in this Cosmic Queries “Behind the Scenes” video featuring guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, who is also the CEO of the Planetary Society and an expert on NASA funding. He’s joined by co-host Eugene Mirman, and guest astronaut Mike Massimino knows a little about the subject, too.