28th National Space Symposium Keynote by Neil deGrasse Tyson [video]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson answers science questions from the crowd at the Williamsburg Waterfront on July 29, 2011 in New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

It seems pretty hard to find people that are truly inspired to achieve something greater these days when everybody is worried about things like the economy, job market, education and the list goes on and on.  However, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why we seem to be going backwards while countries like China seem to be about to shoot right passed us?

Well, in the 28th National Space Symposium keynote that is well worth your time to watch in the video below (it really starts at about 6 minutes and runs for about an hour), Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson suggests that our lack of motivation and inspiration is because we have stopped trying to expand man’s presence in space and that it can all be fixed by simply doubling NASA’s budget to $.01 on the tax dollar.  He proposes an extremely compelling argument that I completely agree with and I find the speech to be one of the best speeches I have ever heard so please watch it below (40 min of speech and 20 min of Q&A)!

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