Neil deGrasse Tyson Speech: Human Motivators

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Speech: Human Motivators

Learn English with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recalled President John F. Kennedy’s famous “We will go to the moon” speech at Rice Stadium and discussed the drivers of exploration, but what he most wanted to talk about at Rice University’s 100th commencement ceremony May 11 was Apollo 8. He is an American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. Enjoy our Speeches with subtitles, and keep your English learning journey.


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“There is no greater education than one that is self-driven.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson – FULL TRANSCRIPT:

“Thank you for that warm introduction, but it requires a couple of clarifications I’d like to offer. That asteroid with my name on it before I agreed to accept that distinction, I verified it was not headed towards earth. Because that would be rough right there that story Tyson takes out North America. Also, that People Magazine distinction sexiest astrophysicist alive. First you have to consider the category, all right. I don’t… not something you get big headed about I don’t think. Indeed, my wife is a graduate of Rice University and somehow of all the things that she remembers most, what I seem to hear most about was baker beer bike, right. Is that still happen?

Now back when she was there the official drinking age in Texas was still 14. So, I don’t know. Now, why am I asked to deliver this commencement address? I think it’s because of my association, my long association as sort of a follower and advisor of NASA. And it was announced that this is the hundredth anniversary the closing of the hundredth year of the founding of the school. It’s also the closing of the 50th year of the famous speech given by president Kennedy in Rice Stadium to an audience of 35,000 people. Titled, ‘We choose to go to the moon’ speech. That very phrase appears in the speech and it is followed by the phrase, ‘Not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.’ That speech was delivered here on the campus of Rice university.

That was delivered a year after president Kennedy announced that maybe the moon is something, we should do some place we should go to. That was first announced in congress, May 25th, 1961. We were spooked into him saying that. Six weeks before that speech the Soviet Union launched Yuri Gagarin into orbit. As I tweeted about a year ago, Yuri again was the fifth mammal to achieve this feat. After a dog, a chimp, a few mice, and a hamster. But the point there is, in that speech that’s where he uttered the phrase, ‘We will put a man on a moon return him safely to earth before the decade is out.’ That’s kind of all he said about the moon in that speech. The whole plan got laid out in Rice Stadium a year later.

So, you can say, oh we had charisma and will and political motivation back then, until you look at the beginning of that speech he gave to congress. Three paragraphs, two or three paragraphs before he says we’ll go to the moon. He says, ‘The events of recent weeks Yuri Gagarin going into orbit’. If those are any indication of the impact of this adventure on the minds of men everywhere, then we need to show the world the path to freedom over the path to tyranny. It was a battle cry against communism. People were spooked.

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