Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Uses Science to Choose Between the Millennium Falcon and the Enterprise
Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for his strong opinions about the science of popular culture, sometimes to the chagrin of fans. But love him or hate him, he knows his stuff, and now, in a new video for National Geographic, he's taken on the ultimate fan question: Star Trek vs Star Wars, or more specifically, the Enterprise versus the Millennium Falcon:
Sorry, Star Wars fans, the Trekkies have it. But before you get too riled up, Tyson predictably has plenty of "real" science to back his answer:
Tyson also claimed that the Enterprise was groundbreaking because it was the first to depict astronauts actually living on a space station, rather than being transported from place to place. As a result, he credits Star Trek for encouraging space exploration and the notion of a multiplanetary existence for the human race:
Of course, when the fan asked him to resolve the Enterprise versus Millennium Falcon question, she probably didn't mean which was more scientifically accurate, but which would win in a fight. Luckily, Tyson has answered this question as well:
And then he wonders if he can say that on National Geographic. Probably not, but it's too late now.