Upon the exciting news that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft had taken breathtaking photos of former-planet Pluto and its moon, Charon, Stephen Colbert called in the one person best suited to weigh in on these events: rock star astrophysicist and Friend of the (Stephen-hosted) Show(s) Neil deGrasse Tyson. In a new Late Show video, the two have a hilarious and somewhat contentious chat, with Stephen ribbing Dr. Tyson for his support of demoting Pluto from its planet status back in 2006. They also munch on Klondike bars and attempt to drink Tang, while heralding the beautiful images taken by New Horizons and continuing the Pluto debate.
It’s great to see Stephen push the geek-out pedal all the way to floor, as he does love him some outer space-related topics. Also wonderful that Dr. Tyson would show up on such short notice and basically do a Colbert Report-esque guest spot in the Late Show’s temporary offices. I hope this means that we will continue to enjoy the expert analysis we took for granted on The Colbert Report, starting with tried and true friends-of-the-old-show.