10/10/2014 12:57 pm ET

If Bill Nye Had 60 Seconds To Persuade Congress To Fund Space Exploration, He'd Say This

Could Bill Nye persuade Congress to fund space exploration in just 60 seconds or less? After hearing him give it a shot during a recent episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk Radio, we're pretty sure he could.

Nye was guest-hosting the popular Internet radio show on Sept. 28 when a listener called in to ask him to give a hypothetical member of Congress his elevator pitch for funding space exploration. The "Science Guy" didn't disappoint--just check out this new YouTube clip (above).

"I'd say space exploration brings out the best in us," Nye says in the video. "It's inherently optimistic, it stimulates the economy in the U.S. at least $3.60 for every dollar that goes in, and we make discoveries that literally change the world... Who knows what new physics, who knows what's over the next horizon? Don't you want the U.S. to continue to lead in this thing? Isn't that what you want?"




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