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Stephen Hawking: We Should Colonise Mars But Encountering Aliens ‘Will Not End Well’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 8, 2012

Professor Stephen Hawking told listeners of BBC Today programme that he thought humans would almost definitely colonise Mars, but he warned against encouraging alien encounters.

As Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday approaches, the scientist who was told he wouldn’t live past 40 answered some of the public’s questions focusing on humanity’s destiny to inhabit outer space.

A bit of a futurist, Hawking’s latest book, George’s Secret Key To The Universe is an explanation of the world aimed at children, a lesson for the next generation.

It’s not the first time Hawking has advised people to“reach out to the stars.” The physicist has long been outspoken on the subject of humanity’s intergalactic future.

He was the first quadriplegic to experience zero gravity, after a sub orbital space flight in 2009. At the time, he justified the £100,000 needed (and donated by Richard Branson) by saying:

“Many people have asked me why I am taking this flight. I am doing it for many reasons.

“First of all, I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers.

“I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go into space. I therefore want to encourage public interest in space.”

This anxiety was picked up again in Hawking’s answer on the Today programme. He was asked “Do you think the human race will survive all potential disasters and eventually colonise the stars?”

His response reflects worries of biological and particularly nuclear warfare:

“It is possible that the human race could become extinct, but it is not inevitable.

“I think it is almost certain that a disaster such as nuclear war or global warming will befall the Earth within a thousand years.”

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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