Stephen Hawking Is "Convinced Humanity Needs To Leave Earth" ASAP

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Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has warned yet again that humans should leave Earth and explore other planets to avoid doomsday.

If we start paying heed to what Stephen Hawking and NASA have to say, humans colonizing other planets will move beyond science fiction in the years to come. The physicist told the audience on June 20 in a meeting held recently at science and arts festival in Norway.

He outlined some of the theoretical technology behind Breakthrough Starshot, a mission he supports along with Russian tycoon Yuri Milner. If successful, he said the mission could send a probe to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun, within the lifetime of people alive today. It would be powered by an array of lasers based on Earth that would drive the tiny probe "on a beam of light" at about 100 million miles an hour, a fifth of light speed.

"Shouldn't we be content to be cosmic sloths, enjoying the universe from the comfort of Earth?"

'The Earth is under threat from so many areas that it is hard for me to be positive'.

"Our physical resources are being drained, at an alarming rate". Do you believe that we can find another home planet?

"We have given our planet the destructive gift of climate change, rising temperatures, reduction of the polar ice caps, deforestation and decimation of animal species, and we can not be ignorant". We can be an ignorant, unthinking lot.

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"When we have reached similar crisis in our history there has usually been somewhere else to colonize".

'Columbus did it in 1492 when he discovered the New World. On Earth "there is no new world, no utopia around the corner".

'It is time to explore other solar systems'.

"Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves", he added. "I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth", he said. In November, he said we had about 1,000 years left before escaping to the stars.

"Even if only 1% of these have Earth-sized planets, we have 10 candidate New Worlds", said the professor.

"I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers". "Personally, I prefer the second reason: that primitive life is relatively common, but that intelligent life is very rare. Hawking said that the aims now should be to restore space programs, create new alliances and provide humanity with a sense of objective".

Vox reported that Hawking's plan includes making cheaper, better tech for traveling through space and put our efforts into finding habitable planets, as well as finding ways to survive on planets like Mars that are less hospitable. It can be science fact. The human race has been in isolation from the rest of the world for more than two million years now.

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