What price do we put on knowledge? How does it profit a man if he learns about the universe, but goes to bed hungry? When the economy takes a downturn, should we still go up into space? NASA missions aren’t cheap—sending astronauts into low Earth orbit or to the Moon, sending robotic spacecraft to explore the planets, and launching telescopes into space can cost millions or even billions of dollars. Lou Friedman, director of the Planetary Society, argues that even when the dollar is dear, the quest to explore our universe is priceless.
This individual classic episode is also available as part of the Season One Boxed Set of all 13 episodes at a special discount.
Bill Nye The Science Guy
Lou Friedman: executive director of the Planetary Society
Episode: Season 1, Episode 12
Air date: 17 August 2009
Running Time: 52 minutes
ISBN: Digital Download 978-1-61544-491-5