Yesterday morning, CNN invited Neil deGrasse Tyson onto their morning program to talk about the recent news of NASA finding potential signs of life on Mars. However, just before his segment on the show, the sad news of Anthony Bourdain's death broke. Tyson reflected on Bourdain's contributions to science and to our society as a whole.
“When you lose a life, particularly one that is lost tragically and not sort of by natural causes, especially for me and certainly for everyone, it hits that much more deeply because of so much effort that I know we spend in this search for life in the universe,” he said. “But at least we got to share this universe with him.”
Later in the interview, Tyson did dive into what he was brought on the show to talk about. Curiosity is puttering around inside Gale crater on Mars, which used to be a lake bed. At the bottom of lakes, there is sediment. And after Curiosity heated samples of the lakebed up to extremely high temperatures, basic organic compounds - necessary for life as we know it - were observed.