In this video, Neil DeGrasse Tyson discusses the reasons behind human space travel and the role of robots in space exploration. He argues that the media’s focus on astronauts and their potential for death makes human space travel more interesting to the public. However, he believes that robots have a greater impact on our culture and inspire future generations to pursue space exploration. Tyson also challenges the notion that the Apollo program was driven by scientific curiosity, stating that it was primarily motivated by geopolitical reasons and the fear of war. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the political and scientific aspects of space exploration to make informed decisions and policies.