Stephen Hawking Warns Space Colonies are Humankind’s Last Hope

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Stephen Hawking warned that space colonies are humanity’s last great hope for survival in the long-term. He believes that space exploration is crucial, and it is time to go.

Stephen Hawking Warns Space Colonies are Humankind's Last HopeThe scary thing is that the astrophysicist thinks that the world will face a disaster within the next 100 years, which is very soon. Stephen Hawking believes that space exploration is the world’s most pressing concern. Other leaders certainly don’t seem to agree. The U.S. even drastically cut its plans for space exploration over the past couple of years.

According to Hawking, “We are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history. Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill. But our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million. Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space.”

Do you think this is feasible, or likely for the health and good of the human race? Exploring with robots isn’t good enough either. The great thinker, who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, believes that space probes must be done with human beings on board to accelerate the timeline for human colonization of space.

Would you volunteer for a personed mission to Mars or somewhere else in space? Could you imagine yourself, your children or your grandchildren living off of Earth? It is starting to seem more and more likely as the world’s population grows.

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