There Can Be Only One: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Weighs In On Millennium Falcon Versus Starship Enterprise

December 1, 2015


This is a short video of Neil DeGrasse Tyson answering a fan's question about whether he would choose the Millennium Falcon or the Starship Enterprise, and why. SPOILER: Neil chooses the Enterprise because it has real scientists and engineers on board monitoring its vital systems. Plus he likes that it's the first sci-fi spaceship that wasn't designed to go from point A to point B (i.e. Earth to another planet), but was rather designed STRICTLY FOR EXPLORATION. Which one would you choose? I would also choose the Enterprise, but only because it's way bigger so I could probably sell it for more after I crash it into a couple planets.

Hit the jump for the wow, he really put some thought into that.

Thanks to Cameron, who would pick the Death Star.

  • RetroPAT

    Here's my view ( i know you don't care and it's ok ) The Millennium Falcon would run circles around the Enterprise making it hard to target but one photon torpedo would just wipe it out of existence. And the Enterprise has a larger crew handling all aspects of a it's got shields, i don't think the Millennium Falcon has that...I love both Star Wars and Star Trek and i may be bias 'cause i'm a trekkie at heart, but science seems to back it up, or it could just be common sense. Happy Holidays to you all and your families!

  • Beard

    This guy loves the sound of his own voice.

    There. I said it.

  • John Samuel αΩ

    That's like picking between a $20 million yacht with crew and all the trimmings and a life raft full of refugees.

  • Ed

    One word . . . Holodeck!

  • GeneralDisorder

    I think the correct answer is the Death Star. But like... demilitarized Death Star. Imagine being an intergalactic agrarian society. Collect plants and animals from far reaches of the universe and cultivate everything.

  • CharlO

    Tuf Voyaging from George RR Martin is a lot like that.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Tales of the flying mountains is the worst book I've ever attempted to read and it's kind of like that. Except that an abandoned Death Star 3 would be interesting and Tales of Flying Mountains was a bunch of explanation how the tech works. It was fucking Star Trek filler without Star Trek plot or entertainment value.

  • Munihausen

    Look at that silk shirt; this guy spends more time fake-solving rubicks cubes on the Daily Show than actual scienticianing.

  • Between Millennium Falcon or Starship Enterprise my choice would be simple.

  • Deven Foskey

    Fexuah! Serenity.

  • randalator

    Given a choice between Millennium Falcon and Starship Enterprise, for me the Enterprise D would be a close second to SERENITY.

  • Bling Nye

    Sure, smart money's on the minivan for safety, capacity, gas mileage, etc., but the old school muscle car is just WAY more awesome...

  • Nicholas Conrad

    Finally! I've seen this video popping up all over my feedly, but you're the first site to put his response in the article... Didn't want to have to watch the video, Thanks!

  • Armin Tanzarian

    The chart is wrong. Warp Speed is orders of magnitude faster than Light Speed.

    Warp Factor 1 is light speed. The original Enterprise could go Warp 5.2...140 times the speed of light.

    The Falcon could go .5 past light speed. So basically it is standing still comparatively.

  • KaPOW

    "The superluminal speed of a hyperdrive was rated on a decreasing
    scale; the faster the hyperdrive, the lower the rating. These ratings
    were generally referred to as "Classes" and provided a quick, although
    often inconsistent or inaccurate, idea of a ship's hyperdrive speed. It
    was based on an asymptotic scale with Class 0.0 being infinite speed. In
    30 BBY. By the end of the Clone Wars most military starships were using Class 3 or Class 2. During the Galactic Civil War, military capital ships and starfighters were generally equipped with Class 1 or Class 2, industrial freighters and haulers with Class 3 or Class 4, and civilian starships with Class 5 or above. Many vessels mounted backup hyperdrives of much higher—that is, slower—class than their primary hyperdrive. Some starships, such as the Millennium Falcon, underwent after-market modifications to achieve ratings of Class 0.5,..."

  • GeneralDisorder

    Using Han Solo's description of the Kessel Run one might assume that the Millenium Falcon can traverse time and space since parsecs are a unit of distance not time.

    He's saying "I traveled from one point in space to another point in space without traveling that distance". So how did he get from A to B? Time travel. He went backward or forward in time to when the two points in space were closer together then went to his normal time to arrive when he was scheduled. The trip may have felt like eons passed. The trip may have felt like milliseconds. In the end it doesn't matter because he traversed that space outside of his own time.

  • DrZanz

    Infact the kessel run was explained quite easily. The point of the run itself involved navigating an asteroid field surrounded by a nebula to escape imperial pursuit. We all know that in SW lore, the thicker the asteroid field, worse it plays with navigation - eventually forcing the pilot to fly entirely manually... That's without whatever mystical interference the inclusion of a nebula plays. This field (because of its particular thickness) if navigated straight through the middle, was considered almost impossible, and so, the avoidance of the middle would lengthen the run.

    Needless to say, Han flew the Falcon through the middle, reducing the parsecs traversed.

    Thank you
    *Adjusts nerd glasses*

  • GeneralDisorder

    I feel like I grew back my virginity after reading that.

  • DrZanz

    It's almost a superpower. Chicks dig virgins...
    Well, violent cougars do anyway.
    *weeps in pain*

  • KaPOW

    I mean, I'm sure at the end of the day, the words were chosen because they sounded like gravy to Lucas, not because they meant anything. And here we are, trying to attach value to them.

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