Neil deGrasse Tyson, "The Most Astounding Fact" and "We Stopped Dreaming"

At around 5am this morning on Facebook, Neil deGrasse Tyson posted links to these videos and wrote (with good reason), “I continue to be moved by what creative videographers have done with my words.”

The first video is about how astonishing it is that the elements that made our emergence as physical life possible, and which serve as our basic constitutive components, were forged in the stars.

Be sure to watch it in full screen if you can.

Next is a two-part video setting his passionate defense of NASA funding to pictures:

Your Thoughts?

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  • sheila

    I’m trying to keep the dream alive FFS! (I’m an SF writer and a tour guide specialising in astronomy.)

  • http://skepticalmath.wordpress.com skepticalmath

    A lot of the material from that first video shows up in the latest Symphony of Science: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g4d-rnhuSg


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