Neil deGrasse Tyson to Jon Stewart: "Your Earth is spinning the wrong direction."

Last night, Jon Stewart had astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on The Daily Show to talk about the his new book, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. It's a great interview, but the highlight of the conversation definitely came towards the end of the exchange, when Tyson made his case for increasing space funding, causing Stewart to respond with an impassioned call for Tyson's presidential candidacy.


That, and also Tyson's masterful display of planetary pedantry at the very end of the clip: viewed from above the North Pole, Earth rotates about its axis in a counter-clockwise fashion; if you watch the opening moments of an episode of The Daily Show, you'll notice that the Earth is actually depicted as rotating clockwise, towards the west. Nothing like being called out by Neil deGrasse Tyson on your own show.

Check out the whole interview over on Comedy Central. And not to crush anybody's hopes, but the odds of Tyson ever running for office are pretty slim — you can learn more about his thoughts on the matter here.



So how do we bypass the government and donate to NASA directly, without putting them in a tax bind?

The March of Dimes was formed as a fundraiser soliciting donations of loose change to fight polio, and their funding helped end the disease and care for those who suffered with it. When the US government refused to allocate money to build a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, Joseph Pulitzer helped collect pennies from anyone who would donate any amount, to raise the money needed, and they did so in five months. 80% of the money came in donations of less than a dollar.

How do we give money to NASA without it being stolen and misused by a government that is actively preventing us from getting our tax money to NASA?