Extended Classic: Cosmic Queries: Superheroes

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Now extended with 12 minutes of Neil, Bill Nye and Steven Soter discussing science fiction movies in the “Cosmic Crib,” including “Interstellar,” “Contact,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Deep Impact,” and “Armageddon.”

Would Superman survive spaghettification within a black hole? What about Mr. Fantastic? Can Magneto control the magnetic field of the Sun and tear apart stars? Could an alien race with enough power create controlled wormholes like the Rainbow Bridge in Thor? Tune in for the answers to these and other Cosmic Queries when host Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Colin Jost (co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update) get their geek on, comic book style. Neil injects a dose of physics into Iron Man’s ARC reactor, Captain America’s super strength and the feasibility of Superman gaining power from Earth’s “yellow sun.” You’ll explore Wolverine’s healing factor and adamantium skeleton, cyborgs, the Terminator, nanobots and nanotechnology. Find out why Colin wants to be Wolverine and Neil would choose Batman – even though he really wanted to be Mighty Mouse as a kid.

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  • Anton Voblikov

    What about chimpanzee? They are much stronger than humans and do not have a lot of muscle tissue. Don’t they?

  • UraniaOrwell

    Yay!! Thank you <3

  • Kalen Roberts

    Dinosaur Space Program xD

  • will

    i like spider-man

  • Sebastian Castaldi

    too many questions about superman, remember he can only fly faster than light or any kind of powers only here in the solar system, since he gets his powers from the sun, outside the solar system he’s just a regular guy… so…
    No flying into blackholes, no going back in time to Krypton, etc, etc, no to mention not going back in time by spinning the planet in a different direction, that will only mess up the weather 🙂

  • Peter Jacobs

    If Superman could fly around the Earth faster than the speed of light, how would he stay in orbit?

  • Evan Howington

    Dr. Tyson and Mr. Jost, you forgot about the only inherent flaw in Superman’s amazing powers, kryptonite. With that said, even if he saw a past Krypton through a telescope, and flew back faster than the speed of light to arrive at Krypton before it’s demise he would effectively be a normal person on Krypton because he would have lost his powers due to being close to Kryptonite. This would also be the reason why no-one there could have used superman-like powers to save Krypton because to them, Superman and all of his powers, does not exist.

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