Neil deGrasse Tyson: ‘The delusion is thinking that SpaceX is going to lead the space frontier’

Neil deGrasse Tyson is the most ubiquitous presence in popular science these days. Coming off of a successful reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, he started a new television show (called StarTalk, based on a long time radio show and podcast of his), he hosts panels and Pluto brunches at the Hayden Planetarium inside New York’s Museum of Natural History, and he’s even been on — surprise — his old pal Stephen Colbert’s Late Show. He’s the kind of guy you could talk for hours with about basically any topic in the universe. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have that kind of time.

In advance of a pair of upcoming live shows in New York, I had 15 minutes to speak to him by phone. Turns out, that’s still enough time to cover the creation of the iPhone,…

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