We chatted with legendary astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on extraterrestrial life and more.
Popular Science: Would you rather have a jetpack or flying car?
Neil deGrasse Tyson: What I would rather have is a transportation system that requires neither: a wormhole.
PS: What incredible thing will we see in our lifetime?
NDT: I think that we will know whether or not there’s life on planets other than Earth. And I think the best location would be on Mars or on Jupiter’s moon Europa.
PS: When we find life on other planets, is it going to come and eat us?
NDT: No. People’s first thought every time scientists discover something new is, “Oh, my gosh, you created a virus, so there’s gonna be a killer virus.” I’m not more afraid of something I might find on Mars than I am of a polar bear who’s pissed off because his ice floe is melting.
Read the rest of the Q&A here.
Oh, look at that. I’m 24.
I’m just going to sing “Very Merry Unbirthday” all day and watch Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland and lament my age.