Stephen Colbert & Neil deGrasse Break Down Our Awesome 3 Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto

The Late Show with Stephen Col­bert won’t hit the air­waves until Sep­tem­ber 8th, but Col­bert is already get­ting his Late Show Youtube chan­nel up and run­ning. That’s where you will find this video break­ing down NASA’s amaz­ing fly­by of Plu­to last week, a jour­ney that involved the New Hori­zons space­craft trav­el­ing a stag­ger­ing 3 bil­lion miles. (See pho­tos here.) Join­ing Col­bert is Neil deGrasse Tyson, who needs no intro­duc­tion around here. Enjoy the ban­ter, and don’t for­get that you can down­load Tyson’s short course, The Inex­plic­a­ble Uni­verse. It’s free from The Great Cours­es for a lim­it­ed time.

If the con­cept of Col­bert inter­view­ing Tyson intrigues you, don’t miss this lengthy inter­view orig­i­nal­ly post­ed on OC in 2011.

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  • Mitchell Bjerke says:

    At 12 min­utes Mr. Tyson said he’d rather call Earth a dwarf plan­et (and all the rocky spheres like Mars, etc.) and give the gas giants the sole dis­tinc­tion of “plan­et”. The inter­view was pret­ty fun­ny. I wish he would dis­cuss the­o­ries not com­mon knowl­edge such as most or all of our plan­ets did not orig­i­nate with our sun. Rather they have been inter­cept­ed. The most inter­est­ing the­o­ry to me is the Sat­urn The­o­ry. This one elab­o­rates from human mythol­o­gy that Earth was a satel­lite of pro­to-Sat­urn, a sub-brown dwarf star a mem­ber of a dwarf galaxy cross­ing into the Milky Way (sag­i­tar­ius dwarf galaxy) and Earth like­ly 2/3 cov­ered in ice as it arrived in the helios­phere of this big­ger star “Sol”, our present sun only 6–8,000 years ago.…not mil­lions…

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