Stephen Hawking: We Only Have 100 Years To Escape Earth

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Stephen Hawking has warned that it’s only a matter of time until Earth is destroyed. “Although the chance of disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next 1,000 or 10,000 years,” he said in November. But he has recently upgraded the time frame of his prediction to only 100 years.

He has advocated colonizing both the moon and Mars, to try to have a go to (at least for people who can afford passage on a spaceship) when this planet is ruined.

Hawking warns in his upcoming documentary – called Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth – that humans should make their exodus from the planet within the next century if they have any hope of surviving. According to BBC, which is releasing the documentary this summer, Hawking discusses his assertion that “the human race only has one hundred years before we need to colonize another planet.”

In the film, Hawking details why this will be necessary, noting threats facing the planet including epidemics, asteroid strikes, and climate change.

The BBC documentary includes Stephen Hawking and other academics and aims to “… find out if and how humans can reach for the stars and move to different planets.”

Hawkings’ predictions and advice about leaving Earth are actually well-founded.

“The journey shows that Prof Hawking’s ambition isn’t as fantastical as it sounds — that science fact is closer to science fiction than we ever thought,” said BBC.

The documentary will highlight “the latest advances in astronomy, biology and rocket technology that will make it possible to live on Mars — from plasma rockets to human hibernation,” Newsweek reported.

Though he does not have a doomsday prophecy, Billionaire Elon Musk [is] hoping to establish a settlement [on Mars] within the next few decades through his aerospace firm SpaceX.

Stephen Hawking has had his views conveyed in his documentary for quite some time. In 2008, he suggested “The moon could be a base for travel to the rest of the solar system,” adding that Mars would be “the obvious next target.”

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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