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Hawking: space travel will save mankind


Posted on Saturday, 21 February, 2015 | Comment icon 42 comments

Hawking believes that we must venture out in to space. Image Credit: NASA
The celebrated physicist compared the exploration of space to 'life insurance' for the human race.
Speaking at Londonís Science Museum this week while escorting a competition winner around the exhibits, Hawking emphasized that human aggression could ultimately bring our civilization to an end and that our best hope for long term survival is to venture out in to space and to colonize other worlds.

"Sending humans to the moon changed the future of the human race in ways that we don't yet understand," he said.

"It hasn't solved any of our immediate problems on planet Earth, but it has given us new perspectives on them and caused us to look both outward and inward."

Hawking, who has long supported the view that we will eventually destroy ourselves if we do not venture to the stars, believes that confining ourselves to a single planet could prove disastrous.

"I believe that the long term future of the human race must be space and that it represents an important life insurance for our future survival, as it could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonizing other planets," he said.

Source: Independent | Comments (42)

Tags: Stephen Hawking, Space

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Comment icon #33 Posted by toast on 23 February, 2015, 15:13
I note that Barbarella was from Earth. Does this make you lazy? Harte Oouups!
Comment icon #34 Posted by RabidMongoose on 23 February, 2015, 15:37
Aggression should be weeded out from the human race as it "threatens to destroy us all", world-renowned physicist Prof Stephen Hawking has warned - while space travel could save the human race. Hawking suggested that the future of mankind was dependent on space exploration, and predicted that one day humans would establish colonies on other planets. http://www.itv.com/n...-kill-us-first/ I had a chat about evolution here a couple of days ago where I pointed out a criticism of Darwin. The problem is that environments change. So if an organism becomes too adapted for one set of environmental con... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by jmccr8 on 28 February, 2015, 20:43
All my bags are packed,I'm ready to go, I'm leaving on a space ship, Don't know that I'll be back again jmccr8
Comment icon #36 Posted by Realm on 1 March, 2015, 22:37
Not just the human threat. Our sun starts to die. Comets. Asteroids. Our planet loses its magnetic shielding against radiation. Etc.. etc.. etc
Comment icon #37 Posted by Nefer-Ankhe on 23 March, 2015, 4:10
The general impulse of humanity to spread, including the will to spread outside our current habitat, will not get limited and/or influenced by thoughts as mentioned. The impuls to spread is linked in our DNA and even if a percentage of individuals do not support the idea, the trend itself will persist. I don't think it's as much as an impluse to spread, as it is an impluse to survive!
Comment icon #38 Posted by Nefer-Ankhe on 23 March, 2015, 4:23
Sitting on our asses doing nothing isnt going to save the planet. All we do is fight and procreate. Those that work the hardest just end up supporting those whose only calling in life seems to be producing more offspring. If we dont move quickly to start getting people off the planet and successfully colonizing other planets (even a moon base or something on Mars) we will never do it. Its time to stop producing F-35 fighter jets and start producing spaceships. If people remember correctly, it was AFTER the initial Apollo missions that technology started taking off at a high rate of speed. Nece... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by Merc14 on 23 March, 2015, 23:30
Took the words right out of my mouth! Humans are too concerned with trivial matters, to comprehend the greater picture, which could be the death of us, if we don't wake up soon! If they have a breakthrough with fusion energy production, such as Lockheed is mumbling about, it will be a game changer. Cheap, clean electrical production would quickly end much of the demand for oil thereby rendering the middle east irrelevant to the world's economies. America Canada and Mexico would be able to provide enough oil to the free world to cover its needs and the bad players would quickly adapt or rot. Th... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Jacques Terreur on 24 March, 2015, 6:03
If they have a breakthrough with fusion energy production, such as Lockheed is mumbling about, it will be a game changer. Cheap, clean electrical production would quickly end much of the demand for oil thereby rendering the middle east irrelevant to the world's economies. America Canada and Mexico would be able to provide enough oil to the free world to cover its needs and the bad players would quickly adapt or rot. This article provides a good deion of the reactor and boht excitement and skepticism over the feasibility of it. http://www.technolog...fusion-machine/ thank you for that read. Unf... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by Harte on 24 March, 2015, 9:08
I don't think it's as much as an impluse to spread, as it is an impluse to survive! Most of us spread at least a little as we age, But I wouldn't exactly call that an impulse. Harte
Comment icon #42 Posted by Father Merrin on 24 March, 2015, 11:58
Unfortunately we are what we are! Survival instincts reside in our DNA! testosterone unfortunately drives these primeval actions, to weed out agression from the human race would be to weed out what makes us human Space travel and colonisation of other planets will extend our life span but nothing lasts forever!


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