Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, approaches space with a mix of pop culture, science, and humor. When the Cosmos television series was being rebooted, he was a natural fit to fill Carl Sagan’s shoes. Now he hosts StarTalk, a science talk show on the National Geographic Channel. In his new, richly illustrated book, StarTalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond, the ebullient astrophysicist takes us on a new journey through the cosmos, during which he expounds on subjects as diverse as zombies, cooking in space, and whether life may have begun on Mars. Talking to National Geographic from New York City, his hometown, Tyson explains why he had to chart his own path to becoming a scientist; how reaching Proxima b would take us a thousand human generations; and why the next horizon in astrophysics will be dark matter.
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