When you think of the word “AstroPhysicist”, what comes to mind?  Whatever that image is, I can absolutely tell you that Neil deGrasse Tyson is that much cooler, funnier, charming, and more Hollywood Star then he is “Lab Rat”, but yet he is one of the most brilliant and eminent AstroPhysicists on the planet, having written 10 books (Including “Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries” which was a NY Times Bestseller and his newest “Space Chronicles” which is also about to hit the bestseller list), served under President Bush and NASA on the prestigious Advisory Council and other prestigious committees, and for five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, which is an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe. During the summer of 2009 Tyson identified a stable of professional standup comedians to assist his effort in bringing science to commercial radio with the NSF-funded pilot program StarTalk. Now also a podcast, StarTalk Radio combines celebrity guests with informative yet playful banter.  He is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates (Yes you read that number correctly!!) and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000, and he is currently working on a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series COSMOS, to air in 13 episodes on the FOX network in 2013 and he is the first occupant of the Frederick P. Rose Directorship of the Hayden Planetarium.  Like I said, Neil deGrasse Tyson is the coolest AstroPhysicist on the planet, and after meeting him, maybe in the whole Universe, oh and by the way, because of the publicity he has stirred up with “Space Chronicles” for enhanced NASA Funding and awareness, he is testifying in front of the Senate next week!

Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the man who makes space fun, Neil deGrasse Tyson (In the same week he has done the talk show circuit including Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, CBS This Morning, etc..), to talk about his new book “Space Chronicles” (Watch the interview so that you know how to really say it!), why the collapse of space exploration has simultaneously hurt our cultural and economic growth in America, the fact that he seriously has an asteroid named after him, promising me that we are going to have a drink on the moon, and sooooo much more!!  This was truly one of the most fun interviews that I have done in a long time because not only is Neil brilliant, but he is lough out loud funny, and an awesome guy to meet and get to know!  An enormous thank you to his publicist Erin Lovett for putting this together and the crew at Big Machine Media for the studio to film.  It was truly a pleasure..Enjoy Kade Nation!!

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