A Tribute to Neil Armstrong – StarTalk Radio Cosmic Queries

Neil Armstrong in Lunar Module after historic walk on Moon. Image courtesy of NASA History Office and the NASA JSC Media Services Center.

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About This Episode

In this, our first episode made up entirely of questions from our fans, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson offers his own reflections and answers your Cosmic Queries about Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. From the time he met Neil Armstrong at age 14 to the private family funeral on the day of a “Blue Moon,” Neil shares his own personal memories of the humble, private NASA astronaut who took us all with him to the Moon. With the help of comic co-host Eugene Mirman, Neil responds to Cosmic Queries about Apollo 11, the future of manned space exploration and how long it would take NASA to mount a manned mission back to the Moon if we were in a new space race with China.

NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: A Tribute to Neil Armstrong – StarTalk Radio Cosmic Queries.

In This Episode

Episode Topics

  • Steve

    More from the Neils and much less from Eugene.

  • Fernando Salcedo

    Hey there, great show as always. This question is just regarding one of the songs you played between commercials. It is driving my crazy, What is the song that play in the commercial cut right after Eugene Mirman and Dr Tyson talked about what 1G means? (about 26:57 min on the show)
    I know, its an unusual request, but I tried midomi and Shazam and didnt work out
    thanks in advance
    Fernando Salcedo

  • Scott Meesey

    You had some beautiful music in this episode. Can you list what was used? Some of it was familiar and (due to my personality) that’s driving me CRAZY! LOL Thanks!

    • Jeff

      Scott, some of the other commenters are listing some of the songs on the episode. As mentioned in some other comments, due to a very unusual set of circumstances, we don’t have a playlist and are having trouble identifying some of the songs uses in the episode.

  • Justin Connors

    “Steve on September 11th, 2012 at 12:11 am

    More from the Neils and much less from Eugene.”

    eugene is hysterical, an excellent co-host in fact. he provides the comic relief and really keeps it interesting with the ridiculous tangents he provides. as much as i love neil, eugene is the salt to his pepper. its just so much better together. and without him this show isnt quite as engaging. (he was especially good on the videogame episodes) so if you want just your neil you can choose to avoid episodes eugene is in. otherwise stop complaining and enjoy.

  • J Lee Paul

    Mr Armstrong reminds me a little of George Washington in that they both did things that made them national heroes, and they could have exploited their popularity for personal gain, but instead they both preferred to go back to their private, ordinary lives. Very humble, modest men.

    • Jeff

      Agreed, J Lee, and our nation (and the world) are better for both of them.

  • John A.

    If the space station that’s the size of a football field wouldn’t be able to hold itself up on earth, why don’t the double digit stories tall buildings collapse under their own weight

    • Jeff

      John, in case you weren’t joking, the answer is that buildings here on Earth are engineered within and in consideration of gravity, whereas structures built in space don’t need to concern themselves with gravity.

  • boib

    ***Steve on September 11th, 2012 at 12:11 am More from the Neils and much less from Eugene.***
    I agree with your sentiments. Turn down the comedy and turn up the interesting. I’m a fan of Eugene (oh ricky you so fine) but that’s not what I want from a NdGT podcast.

  • Tyler

    @Fernando Salcedo: The one song you are referring to is called ‘Lux Aeterna’ and it’s by Clint Mansell.

    • Jeff

      Thanks for the assist, Tyler!

  • Dane

    Hmmm, not on itunes. Please update so I can listen on my ipod.

    • Jeff

      Dane, is this the only recent StarTalk Radio podcast you’re not seeing? We see it in iTunes on our end.

  • Roger

    Loved the show. Can you also list the songs from it like you done in the past?

  • Gavin

    Dude Neil you have the perfect radio voice!

  • Billy

    @Fernando Salcedo @Dane The version played in the podcast may be found under the title “Requiem For A Tower”, it is a rearrangement of the original work composed by Clint Mansell as noted above. Kronos Quartet perform the original arrangement, and I’m pretty sure you can find recordings of that as well.

    • Jeff

      Thanks, Billy. Due to a very unusual set of circumstances, we don’t have a playlist and are having trouble identifying some of the songs uses in the episode. So we appreciate your help.

  • Neil Armstrong…amazing ! I wrote a song a couple of years ago (called Neil Armstrong !) and our band – Area40 has recently recorded it for our new CD…have a listen at http://www.area40.co.uk


  • Chris

    33:00, Holy s***, is that the Shadow of Israphel theme from the Yogscast?????????

    • Jeff

      Chris, it just might be. Due to an engineering glitch, we can’t identify all of the songs used on this episode.

  • Steve

    I want a NDT mustache. Perhaps then I’d be able to understand a 3 player chess board.

    • Jeff

      Steve, if it were that simple, I’d turn my beard into a mustache.

  • One of the songs is from the movie sound track Requiem For a Dream

  • Elizabeth

    When will Star-Date be up and running?? Get on it, guys.

  • Shamim

    I’ve been wondering, too, what songs were used in this episode. I know the first one played after the intro is the main title from the miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” and is by Michael Kamen. After all these months, I still haven’t been able to place the others.

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