About This Episode
Book passage to the final frontier with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Leighann Lord. Get tourism tips from Neil, including what to visit on Mars (Olympus Mons and Valles Marineris are must-sees) and what he really thinks of the Martian moons. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about why we puke in space, how to avoid it, and why there’s less vomit on the Vomit Comet these days. Find out how Space Elevators work and why they’re not feasible… yet. Plus, listen to an in-depth discussion about the forces that drive space tourism, and what role government, NASA and private industry will play. You’ll discover what space tourism has in common with the growth of the American railroad system and the exploitation of near-Earth asteroids for mineral wealth, and whether humanity could end up like the Ferengi from Star Trek (don’t worry – super-geek Leighann will explain it all).
NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: Cosmic Queries: Space Tourism.