Stephen Hawking recently declared that humanity needs to colonize other planets in the next hundred years, or else we might risk extinction. The physicist is concerned that our planet is no longer capable of withstanding overpopulation, climate change, and the current rate of deadly epidemics. Moreover, we are not ready to stave off asteroids set on a collision course.
Hawking Voiced his Concerns During a BBC Documentary
Expedition New Earth is a BBC project that will be released this summer. The documentary is part of Tomorrow’s World– a scientific journey focused on humanity’s future, and it has been a regular series on the British channel for over four decades.
Stephen Hawking was invited to take part in the project, giving his two cents on the matter. According to the physicist, the planet will almost certainly face an extinction event of massive proportions during the next 100 to 10,000 years; humanity’s only chance of survival depending on its other-world colonies.
“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 100 or 10,000 years.”
Scientists Travelled Across the World to Study Extreme Environments
Expedition New Earth also features Prof. Danielle George, a top engineering expert, and Christophe Galfard, his former student. The two were challenged to find the best and most plausible way by which humans will manage to colonize other planets within the next century.
George and Galfard traveled the world, studying its most arid deserts, its coldest wastelands, and its hottest volcanoes. All in the name of scientific progress and the unhindered search for a New Earth.
The show will be aired this summer, the team having come up with wondrous ways for Earthlings to spread their reach across the stars.
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