Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who said he believes space exploration would be

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who said he believes space exploration would be "the best peace leader ever"

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says space exploration could make the Earth more peaceful because wars for resources would disappear.

The author born in the United States believes that if we make the solar system "our backyard," that could be "the best driver of peace that ever existed."

In addition to hosting Cosmos, Tyson also produces the Star Talk podcast and is director of the New York Planetarium.

Tyson spoke at a press event in New York for & # 39; Cosmos: Possible Worlds & # 39 ;, which will host his third series next year.

He told Fox News: "In the next 60 years, I think the solar system can become our backyard.

& # 39; If that happens, we can exploit resources that are otherwise rare on Earth but abound in space.

"Then, the exploration of space may be the greatest driver of peace that ever existed. That is my hopeful thinking.

The Cosmos presenter said he believes the success of the program is due to the fact that it crosses multiple branches of science and tells viewers why these developments are important.

Tyson and NASA celebrated their 60th birthday earlier this month.

He said it is important to remember that the space agency was created in response to the Sputnik launch by the Soviet Union in October 1957.

If Russia had pursued the exploration of Mars, he said, then there would have been settlements on the planet in the 1980s.

He added that "people were so disappointed" that this was not fulfilled.

NASA has the goal of sending a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.

NASA explored Mars in 2012. Tyson said there could be settlements on the planet in the 1980s

NASA explored Mars in 2012. Tyson said there could be settlements on the planet in the 1980s

NASA explored Mars in 2012. Tyson said there could be settlements on the planet in the 1980s

NASA aims to send a manned mission to Mars (pictured) in the 2030s

NASA aims to send a manned mission to Mars (pictured) in the 2030s

NASA aims to send a manned mission to Mars (pictured) in the 2030s

Tyson, one of the most respected figures in the scientific community, is known for talking about topics ranging from climate change to the movie Titanic.

Last year, he said he had no patience for politicians who "select" scientific research to satisfy their beliefs about climate change and that it may be too late to address it.

He also once claimed that the character of Leonardo DiCaprio on Titanic would have fought much more to survive if it had been a deadly scenario in real life.

The astrophysicist has also said that he would only go to Mars aboard a SpaceX rocket if Elon Musk sent his own mother there and returned alive first.

NEVER DEGRASSE TYSON: WE CAN HAVE AGREEMENTS AT MARS IN THE 1980'S & # 39;

Tyson and NASA celebrated their 60th birthday earlier this month.

He said it is important to remember that the space agency was created in response to the Sputnik launch by the Soviet Union in October 1957.

If Russia had pursued the exploration of Mars, he said, then there would have been settlements on the planet in the 1980s.

The respected astrophysicist added that "people were so disappointed" that this was not fulfilled.

NASA has the goal of sending a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.

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