JIVING AROUND WITH 2015 – A STONE’S THROW AWAY? COURTESY: NEIL DeGRASSE TYSON

When one meets Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the first apparent thing is his HEIGHT. I would safely say he’s 6’3″ at least (I’m 5’11¾” so that’s 4 inches of difference). Yet when one sees him chatting you don’t get that impression, he’s the opposite of Tina Turner – she’s like 5’3″ and you feel she’s 6’2″, I guess when you have a larger than life carriage you can afford to be humble and/or not take yourself seriously.

As an astrophysicist, he uses “DUH!” and effectively too; Dr Tyson referred to when Carl Sagan asked NASA to revert the wandering satellite Voyager’s cameras from Saturn to get a picture of the Earth as it appears in Space, as a “Selfie,” of our planet; when appearing with Superman in Action comics his vest with sunbursts turned out to be real and even better? He’s October 5th (I am 7th)!

This is clearly a man who can cavort with Kings and Presidents yet remain humane. So for those of you who missed him when he made one of the highpoints of 2014, let me share my question & answer moment with him...

This is clearly a man who can cavort with Kings and Presidents yet remain humane. So for those of you who missed him when he made one of the highpoints of 2014, let me share my question & answer moment with him…

Based on his own presentation that evening, he showed how there are almost 7 pages compiled by NASA of potential asteroids and meteorites which can decimate this planet if whistling too close by us. Dr Tyson added how amazed he is when in real life, if people are confronted with such a phenomena, most would opt to go the way of “Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World” rather than pull a Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck.

Professor Tyson himself said if he knew there was 60 minutes left, he'd spend 58 trying to do something and the last 2 then acting on his decision (paraphrasure of Einstein on a similar hypothesis)!

Professor Tyson himself said if he knew there was 60 minutes left, he’d spend 58 trying to do something and the last 2 then acting on his decision (paraphrasure of Einstein on a similar hypothesis)!

Knowing this – my question was based on what happened recently in Siberia and all that he showed us; is there a global counter-strike programme a la Armageddon or Deep Impact?

While he admitted there is no such programme in place, in his view, every country should provide an annual allotment towards mitigating such a major catastrophe. In the event a strike is imminent, calculate the major landing point and whichever territory is dominant? Then let them use those collected funds to develop and build whatever is necessary to deflect or remove the threat.

While he admitted there is no such programme in place, in his view, every country should provide an annual allotment towards mitigating such a major catastrophe. In the event a strike is imminent, calculate the major landing point and whichever territory is dominant? Then let them use those collected funds to develop and build whatever is necessary to deflect or remove the threat.

In Professor Tyson’s view, the fact so many people when confronted witha planetary situation would willingly choose inebriation over a solution speaks to a lack of STEM literacy, he feels if more children are given the opportunity to appreciate Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths then when a possible meteor decides to rear its ugly head then we’d have a different result.

Unlike local parliamentarians, this global scientist had the cojones to say there was a lack and what he would do to redress the issue, it is a pity the current Government cannot read this article and genuinely learn from the situation – it is not diminishing to admit to a flaw, it makes you better when you recognise and suggest a manner or welcome advice on how to lessen the effect of any potential crisis…

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