Shuttle Diplomacy: Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain How the Space Shuttle Was Never Really About Science
One commonly-heard notion about the demise of the Space Shuttle is that the costly and overly complex program was killed, rightfully, because it didn’t help to advance science. But this is based on a false premise, the astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson reminded us at the World Science Festival. The Shuttle was never really meant to promote research or fulfill NASA’s goal of space exploration. Instead, like the Apollo missions to the moon, the Shuttle program was the product of politics.