Neil Tyson Speaks at First Comes the Dream

What inspires scientists and innovators? On July 19, First Comes the Dream, a celebration of New York City's emergence as a premier technology center, brought luminaries from science, technology, and media to the American Museum of Natural History to find out.

Co-hosted by the Museum with leading tech blog Gizmodo, the evening began in the Hayden Planetarium with remarks from Museum President Ellen Futter, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and New York City Deputy Mayor Robert Steel before launching the awe-struck audience on a tour of the universe with the Museum's Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart.

Next, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Museum's Hayden Planetarium, sat down for an interview with iO9's Annalee Newitz in the Cullman Hall of the Universe. In this video, find out what sparked Dr. Tyson's interest in astronomy and what he thinks the future of space exploration might hold.