Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump's Space Force Is Not A Crazy Idea

  • Published on 2018-09-12T07:35:00.000Z
  • America's favorite astrophysicist returns to The Late Show with a surprising argument for why Trump's call for a Space Force may be a good thing. Subscribe To "The Late Show" Channel HERE: For more content from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", click HERE: Watch full episodes of "The Late Show" HERE: Like "The Late Show" on Facebook HERE: Follow "The Late Show" on Twitter HERE: Follow "The Late Show" on Google+ HERE: Follow "The Late Show" on Instagram HERE: Follow "The Late Show" on Tumblr HERE: Watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert weeknights at 11:35 PM ET/10:35 PM CT. Only on CBS. Get the CBS app for iPhone & iPad! Click HERE: Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream live TV, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! --- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is the premier late night talk show on CBS, airing at 11:35pm EST, streaming online via CBS All Access, and delivered to the International Space Station on a USB drive taped to a weather balloon. Every night, viewers can expect: Comedy, humor, funny moments, witty interviews, celebrities, famous people, movie stars, bits, humorous celebrities doing bits, funny celebs, big group photos of every star from Hollywood, even the reclusive ones, plus also jokes.

Comments • 3440

  • zool201975
    zool201975   2018-09-21T11:12:52.000Z

    haha by now with the fact trump never said anything reasonable in his life (or things that sound reasonable until asked for details and the insanity insues) by now it is a statement akin to well god exists because you cannot prove he doesn\'t.. niel always tries to keep as many people listening to him so i get his angle with this. but the only people he gets listening for a moment are dumpsters.. two words further and you lost those dumb fucks again anyway. i doubt he doesn\'t see the futility in teaching calculus to cows why think its any better with doing something more complex with people who\'s brains barely function because of apathy? trump is not going to have a solution to space debris.. he wants soldiers in space to fight the Chinese presence.. so him using this as an example in trump being reasonable at times is a terrible example lol.

  • john hill
    john hill   2018-09-21T11:12:45.000Z

    space force shouldn\'t exist as a separate entity . let it be part of the USAF

  • Emily Sikora
    Emily Sikora   2018-09-21T04:37:20.000Z

    Why are there so many trumptards in the comments. Neil isn’t advocating for trump as a political leader. He’s just talking about the probability of militarizing space. Neil degrasse Tyson doesn’t like or vouch for trump sorry redneck republicans you don’t get to have this guy on your side. He’s made it very clear he’s not.

  • Turtle Guy
    Turtle Guy   2018-09-20T20:33:14.000Z

    Ugh... Colbert has a scientific genius on the show that is capable of talking to anyone and explaining the craziest concepts to average people and he goes to Trump withing the first 4 seconds. I feel sorry for Colbert. It\'s like Trump is consuming his every thought and he has no life or thoughts that don\'t involve Trump.

  • snake420100
    snake420100   2018-09-20T19:53:20.000Z

    theres a car in orbit look it up

  • Max Bepunkt
    Max Bepunkt   2018-09-20T15:42:29.000Z

    Hes so down to earth while being up in space.

  • jamie lanster
    jamie lanster   2018-09-20T12:14:40.000Z

    He is talking about orbit, how can neil not know the difference between war in space and war in orbit?

  • Siddharth Parida
    Siddharth Parida   2018-09-20T07:37:29.000Z

    \"Just because it came out of Neil deGrasse Tyson\'s mouth doesn\'t mean it\'s a good idea\".

  • James T.
    James T.   2018-09-20T07:03:45.000Z

    Trump\'s Space Marines... Reminds me of GTA somehow.

  • jango boba
    jango boba   2018-09-20T02:20:23.000Z

    And just like that NDT was off the Christmas card list..

  • Ted Phillips
    Ted Phillips   2018-09-20T01:31:51.000Z

    I stopped watching television back in November 2016 along with the rest of the intelligent world.

  • Jeff Ferguson
    Jeff Ferguson   2018-09-20T00:37:03.000Z

    everyone laughed at Trump when he said he could achieve 3 % growth. Turns out he is achieving 4.3 %. Don\'t underestimate Trump. MAGA 2020 #WALKAWAY

  • Ana Diaz
    Ana Diaz   2018-09-19T21:40:06.000Z

    2:30 someone make me a GIF of that right now pretty pleeeaaasee!!!🤣

  • Juan Carlos Gonzalez
    Juan Carlos Gonzalez   2018-09-19T20:27:39.000Z

    Let\'s just say that when Trump says \"Space Force\", \"Optimized command & control of space assets\" is not what his supporters are hearing ¬_¬

  • Ramsés Vásquez
    Ramsés Vásquez   2018-09-19T19:45:48.000Z

    With a baptismal like Nail of Grace, how could he not Look Celestial? He surely was predestined to become an astrophysicist.....take or leave...LOLLLLLL he works as a heathen in Hayden Museum (l8r he absconds)

  • onoma eponimo
    onoma eponimo   2018-09-19T19:20:46.000Z

    The only good choice for americans all this years is trump

  • Cory Tollman
    Cory Tollman   2018-09-19T16:32:14.000Z

    Make it the Space Guard so it\'s more like the Coast Guard.

  • Sven
    Sven   2018-09-19T15:58:27.000Z

    I think Trump talked to Putin, (Russian Space Forces) Trump is like, space force, we need space force!

  • Eric Jeffrey
    Eric Jeffrey   2018-09-19T15:39:28.000Z

    It really is a show of how arrogant the human race is, thinking that its not a good idea to have a militant space fleet to protect us from aliens

  • Eric Jeffrey
    Eric Jeffrey   2018-09-19T15:38:06.000Z

    Neal degrasse tyson is black jesus

  • Suleiman Yusuf
    Suleiman Yusuf   2018-09-19T15:16:30.000Z

    He is a very intelligent man but that hairline though😂

  • Hurtz
    Hurtz   2018-09-19T14:49:43.000Z

    What is going on with the comments, talking about \"ignorant\" Colbert being \"shut down\" by Tyson? Obviously Colbert wants Tyson to explain his points to the (possably uneducated) viewer and gets him to do so by asking him the respective questions. You wouldn\'t actually believe he was beeing serious when asking if space could be vacuumed, ...?

  • Confused Kiwi
    Confused Kiwi   2018-09-19T10:59:15.000Z

    SC is a dummy just saying. Suppose your entire country are dummies though ......... With the occasional outliers

  • Jack Hubley
    Jack Hubley   2018-09-19T06:29:37.000Z

    Just because it came out of a whinny, narcissistic, shit for brains 4 year old doesn\'t make it a bad idea , Let\'s let him drive the car. And Just because an award winning astrophysicist who was there, is still touting the \"official\" 911 line doesn\'t mean that a 4 year old couldn\'t figure it out.

  • Manny Santiago
    Manny Santiago   2018-09-18T19:32:15.000Z

    I miss Carl Sagan. Neil Degrasse Tyson is too much of an establishment apologist. Sagan would have questioned the $200 billion military budget increase in a time where there is many other social programs that money could have been invested in.

  • Blake the Tank
    Blake the Tank   2018-09-18T19:13:24.000Z

    @5:00 wow that made Colbert extremely uncomfortable.

  • Abu Khaluf Ibn Talib As-Siddiq Al-Walid
    Abu Khaluf Ibn Talib As-Siddiq Al-Walid   2018-09-18T16:35:54.000Z

    Colbert doesn’t deserve to lick this man’s boots.

  • Kain Nosgoth
    Kain Nosgoth   2018-09-18T16:03:41.000Z

    When Trump\'s Space Force discovers and accidentally opens the Hell Gate on Mars, I suppose Robert Mueller will be looking for collusion in that too..

  • Ward McCreery
    Ward McCreery   2018-09-18T15:56:27.000Z

    I saw an interview with Trump supporters and the interviewer asked about NASA and they said Trumps space force would tell them what\'s really going on space, like NASA isn\'t tell us everything that\'s going un space, that their information us supect, more conspiracy theory garbage!!

  • Ward McCreery
    Ward McCreery   2018-09-18T15:43:26.000Z

    Plausible denied - ability they track screws, a lost glove, paint chips and the like!!

  • Ferdinand St-Hilaire
    Ferdinand St-Hilaire   2018-09-18T15:08:50.000Z

    It is not. Just like using my unicorn to pick up my date on the first encounter.

  • å
    å   2018-09-18T14:38:25.000Z

    I already heard these stories in Joe Rogan experience

  • Dennis Menace
    Dennis Menace   2018-09-18T08:52:17.000Z

    and the martians are going to pay for it

  • joe toner
    joe toner   2018-09-18T07:27:47.000Z

    the intro music is \"i like it\" by debarge

  • Fabulist 0bamma
    Fabulist 0bamma   2018-09-18T07:24:45.000Z

    China blew up a Satellite in order to add to Space Junk.

  • Fabulist 0bamma
    Fabulist 0bamma   2018-09-18T07:21:04.000Z

    The Gov\'t knows something they\'re not telling us...

  • dani Leuenberger
    dani Leuenberger   2018-09-18T07:08:16.000Z

    ya but are wars not a bad idea in general but people keep doing them anyways.

  • HMan
    HMan   2018-09-18T03:54:35.000Z

    You are like an innocent child NDT... The military will not clean space or defend against asteroids. They want to build orbital bombardment weapon platforms. That\'s what Trump wants anyway, unaware that there are International treaties that forbid it. It\'s not nuclear and no other nation has the means to do it, so they will classify them separately than other WMDs, and start dropping tungsten rods on countries that won\'t give them their oil a few megatons at a time. Now you might expect that splitting space command from the air force will lower the air force budget and reallocate part of it to the new space force... Yeah, right...

  • You Truly
    You Truly   2018-09-18T03:51:46.000Z

    Trump Has Much Guidance To. Even My Elders Require Guidance Sometimes.

  • Tom Mc
    Tom Mc   2018-09-18T03:31:01.000Z

    Y\'all realize these interactions are rehearsed? Steve is giving him easy ignorant opposing questions because they both have an agenda. Trying to get a reaction out of us whether or not they even believe what they\'re saying. Oops nevermind, I forgot my place.

  • ToddJohnsonEveningNews
    ToddJohnsonEveningNews   2018-09-18T01:48:50.000Z

    I used to like colbert a lot, but he just doesn’t have any common sense. Jumping on the ‘shit on trump because thats how you get views’ wagon is just weak.

  • b b
    b b   2018-09-18T01:27:00.000Z

    BS to get your tax money

  • Seekarr
    Seekarr   2018-09-17T22:30:00.000Z

    I am pretty sure Trump made Space Force because he believes aliens are coming from Mars.

  • ZakAshChan
    ZakAshChan   2018-09-17T21:47:03.000Z

    You don\'t want someone with a multitude of scientific accolades, praising an idea formed in the mind of a narcissist who just so happens to be the highest in the chain of command of a military force. ... Stupid move, Tyson. Number 45 will take what you\'ve said and spin it as support for his ideas. Ideas - plural.

  • john mcdonald
    john mcdonald   2018-09-17T21:15:06.000Z

    they wouldnt need to blow up the satellites, they could fry them with a laser or some other advanced weapon and im sure neil forgot to mention that lol

  • Alienxfb14
    Alienxfb14   2018-09-17T20:43:56.000Z

    Stephen has completely woven his entire fabric and identity around the fact that everything Trump says is wrong or evil, regardless of whether or not it is. It has become his schtick. It’s predictable. And in the world of show business, predictability is the worst thing someone can have.

  • Jeanette D.
    Jeanette D.   2018-09-17T19:35:45.000Z

    Does anyone know what Trumps Space Force is all about? Haven\'t heard himself explaining anything - and neither people who thinks it\'s a good idea. Don\'t know if the links works ....but here it is, and it\'s quite amusing :o)

  • SageMontana
    SageMontana   2018-09-17T19:08:52.000Z

    I never thought I’d hear Neil degrasse Tyson say “we need somma dat”

  • Johan Persson
    Johan Persson   2018-09-17T15:44:44.000Z

    Lasers Neil, lasers! no need for no projectiles in space man!

  • Martin Xayachack
    Martin Xayachack   2018-09-17T15:11:29.000Z

    Bigger picture here; why spens fundings to start something that basically will do what we\'ve been doing ???? Or am I wrong ???

  • Joe Calandria
    Joe Calandria   2018-09-17T15:07:17.000Z

    Meth played a role in this interview

  • cluelessbeats
    cluelessbeats   2018-09-17T14:17:28.000Z

    I wish I loved anything as much as he loves space

  • Paul Feinberg
    Paul Feinberg   2018-09-17T14:13:41.000Z

    What a treasure of a man...

  • Santhoshi Srilaya Routhu
    Santhoshi Srilaya Routhu   2018-09-17T11:45:27.000Z

    This man is the richard feynman of astrophysics

  • Smokedship
    Smokedship   2018-09-17T10:18:25.000Z

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson is pro anything that would throw billions at the ridiculous expenses of space exploration. So basically he’s just trying to protect his job at the expense of the planet. Rather than wasting all that money and resources on looking outside the planet, why not just use it to settle our home planet instead? Synthetic Non-Vegitrian food, Global Warming, A-Forestation, Pollution control, alternate fuels, Law Enforcement etc, all these things can be helped move in leaps and bounds if the same amount of money and intellectual resources are used on them.

  • tariqkhwaja
    tariqkhwaja   2018-09-17T07:55:53.000Z

    Common sense ... common sense is that even in our world military excursions (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Rohngya, Israel/Palestine) always lead to blow back (in the form of terrorism, ISIS, etc.). Until World War ... it\'s the same inescapable concept. But since the result is not immediate nobody cares to give it a second thought unfortunately. May God guide us towards unity and peace.

  • Work4Love3000
    Work4Love3000   2018-09-17T06:06:56.000Z

    Heyyyy! \"I like it\" Debarge

  • Daisy Leigh
    Daisy Leigh   2018-09-17T05:54:59.000Z


  • Shawn Osborne
    Shawn Osborne   2018-09-17T05:05:12.000Z

    Rods of the gods

  • Shawn Osborne
    Shawn Osborne   2018-09-17T05:02:12.000Z

    Space debri..... Lie.

  • Shawn Osborne
    Shawn Osborne   2018-09-17T04:59:58.000Z

    Accurate.. Not..

  • Knegrodamus
    Knegrodamus   2018-09-17T04:35:59.000Z

    “Aww you so know ,Ima get you drunk” 🤣 2 divorces later I’m here

  • Rachael Kowalewski
    Rachael Kowalewski   2018-09-17T03:53:54.000Z

    Wow, this comment section is the most goddamn cancerous thing I’ve seen in a long time.

  • omarofuae
    omarofuae   2018-09-17T01:17:37.000Z

    Neil obviously wants to be part of the Space Force.

  • Micah Parsons
    Micah Parsons   2018-09-17T00:42:01.000Z

    Is it just me or is Neil bugging out on something?

  • FattyMcButterPants
    FattyMcButterPants   2018-09-17T00:36:39.000Z

    CNN: Neil deGrasse Tyson is a racist warmonger that rapes 100 women a night and loves donald trump

  • FattyMcButterPants
    FattyMcButterPants   2018-09-17T00:29:39.000Z

    Leftists don\'t care. They would criticize trump for world peace if he accomplished that, they are just brainwashed morons.

  • Ian Nicely
    Ian Nicely   2018-09-17T00:02:31.000Z

    Probably the only thing I’ve ever heard NDT say that i didnt have a problem with...

  • _Sky_
    _Sky_   2018-09-16T23:47:38.000Z

    Anybody watching this in 2039 when the Space Force took down one of the Chinese satellites and caused the Kessler effect?

  • iMaDeMoN
    iMaDeMoN   2018-09-16T23:30:26.000Z

    (18,000 mph) Remember that speed is relative. If we are all in orbit going in the same direction when a piece debris falls off the satellite, the relative difference in speed is small.

  • Diana Martin
    Diana Martin   2018-09-16T23:12:04.000Z he said, we ALREADY have this covered. We don\'t need to waste taxpayer money on \"creating\" an entirely new \"force\". It\'s just a money grab for more defense spending!

  • xKami102x
    xKami102x   2018-09-16T23:00:10.000Z

    I\'m sorry Colbert but holy god, your complete lack of understanding of how space works, space militarization and how space debris ACTUALLY WORKS is mind boggling

  • yourpissingmeoffgoogle yeah
    yourpissingmeoffgoogle yeah   2018-09-16T22:33:38.000Z

    love how people laughed when he said mustard gas getting pushed by the wind back into your trench. Yeah having something burning your lungs and throat while giving you boils all over your body is hilarious.

  • troiscarottes
    troiscarottes   2018-09-16T21:57:53.000Z

    My regard for Neil de Grasse Tyson has just dropped a few thousand miles . Unless of course he wants to send all the high-ranking members of the US military into outer space on a one-way ticket. But I\'m not optimistic.

  • kamdaddypurp
    kamdaddypurp   2018-09-16T21:18:14.000Z

    He’ll never be on the show again

  • Nitish Anand
    Nitish Anand   2018-09-16T18:51:36.000Z

    suddenly i want to play cod infinite warfare

  • Golden 47
    Golden 47   2018-09-16T18:33:35.000Z

    Star Wars in a nutshell and every fan just got fucked by Tyson.

  • redbeard
    redbeard   2018-09-16T17:30:18.000Z

    How can anyone take Tyson seriously, when he clearly revels in showmanship? People don\'t think that maybe there\'s way way way better scientists out there, who are more interested in science than soaking spotlight? He\'s not wrong about Lord Trump\'s Imperial Space Force though.

  • becky selfridge
    becky selfridge   2018-09-16T15:19:41.000Z

    neil is for science, not politic. he is truly a man of intellect

  • Karou Lilliehook
    Karou Lilliehook   2018-09-16T14:55:51.000Z

    i will always hate neil tyson. he made pluto not a planet, and for that i just... i just cannot forgive him but damn if he isnt a brilliant and well dressed man.

  • Conscious
    Conscious   2018-09-16T13:11:36.000Z

    Tyson knows damn well that the US empire would find new ways to invade countries to steal control of their resources. He\'s a salesman for the Military Industrial Complex. The tool for the Central Bank oligarchs.

  • Blake Lawson
    Blake Lawson   2018-09-16T13:06:22.000Z

    One thing I bet most people don\'t realize when they hate on the idea of a space force is that nuclear bombs travel through space to get to their destination. I don\'t know about them, but I don\'t feel like getting hit with a nuke. We have technology to stop them, but it\'s far from perfect. It would be nice if we a branch that could have more of a focus on threats like that.

  • Drudley
    Drudley   2018-09-16T12:38:39.000Z

    I never really got why Neil was into the space force.. But this explained a lot.

  • Julie W.
    Julie W.   2018-09-16T11:16:01.000Z

    Wow, that thing sounds expensive (the wall). Don\'t know why any Americans actually BELIEVED that another country would pay for it - do you have any idea how expensive that thing would be?? Actually, I do know why they believed it. They actually believe Americans speak, and the rest of the world just does (lmao). If it ever happens (that they build it, although the American taxpayer will pay for it), any contractors better ask for their money up front (lol).

  • Pandemonium
    Pandemonium   2018-09-16T10:19:23.000Z

    Preparing for war.

  • Osiris Thomas
    Osiris Thomas   2018-09-16T09:12:54.000Z

    We are currently recruiting for the space force we need 400,000 low IQ individuals without jobs for manual labor in slightly dangerous positions.Our new radiation suits work great,Russia already has advanced spaced weapons. We need volunteers to wash satellites in space and arm them since we are years behind.Are there any patriots out there? If so email

  • Jason Blade
    Jason Blade   2018-09-16T07:39:15.000Z

    Lmao at trumptards idiots in the comment.

  • lizard of_odds
    lizard of_odds   2018-09-16T06:52:04.000Z


  • alanlpctech
    alanlpctech   2018-09-16T05:37:44.000Z

    Good way to lower your credibility by being on Colbert

  • Candy Corn
    Candy Corn   2018-09-16T05:18:58.000Z

    Stephen needs to shut his mouth, he bashes trump but because of the tax cuts trump has made Stephen is probably making twice as much as he did before.

  • Shawn Lecrone
    Shawn Lecrone   2018-09-16T04:52:16.000Z

    If we can\'t have peace on Earth, we will not have peace in space.

  • J Ram
    J Ram   2018-09-16T03:44:48.000Z

    Whats that song name at the beginning when Neil walks out

  • Ole Timer
    Ole Timer   2018-09-16T03:36:02.000Z

    So Neil must make a lot of money working for NASA so why is he in the IMDB website, an actor for hire site ??? 😅🤣😂 #NeilAndNasaAreFake

  • Mademoiselle Minou
    Mademoiselle Minou   2018-09-16T03:19:33.000Z

    Black hair-White beard. Now I’m no Astrophysicist, but...............that’s not accurate. 🤔

  • Mike Wilson
    Mike Wilson   2018-09-16T03:07:25.000Z

    okay okay so trump got one thing right. BUT THAT\'S IT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • Delmar Peet
    Delmar Peet   2018-09-16T02:39:10.000Z

    MAGA....pshhh....Make Space Great

  • BTS and NCT Trash [Yuta's Smile]
    BTS and NCT Trash [Yuta's Smile]   2018-09-16T01:39:38.000Z

    A space force really isn\'t a bad idea. But the way trump thinks of it is pretty dumb. And we already have a space force plus NASA as Neil said. I don\'t think trump even knows that it existed. Space Exploration is already being taken care of. But having a force that will clean up space and create defenses against asteroids and stuff like that would be very great. Neil really came through and correctly informed everybody and made stephen look underwhelmed (love stephen btw).

  • yshouldi foogle
    yshouldi foogle   2018-09-16T00:12:39.000Z

    Neil is awesome i wish he was my Neighbor literally 100% of the time i see him i smile.

  • Caleb Clarke
    Caleb Clarke   2018-09-16T00:10:47.000Z

    You know idiocracy is abundant when use of the word libtard automatically gets you likes...

  • yshouldi foogle
    yshouldi foogle   2018-09-16T00:09:32.000Z

    Jedi outfits are going to be Officer uniforms in SPACE FORCE.