Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Hawking harks, "Spaceward Ho!"

Stephen Hawking, the greatest scientific mind since Einstein, has given us all a mission to travel to the stars. According to him, it's not a want, it's a need:

HONG KONG - The survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy the Earth, world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking said Tuesday.

The British astrophysicist told a news conference in Hong Kong that humans could have a permanent base on the moon in 20 years and a colony on Mars in the next 40 years.

He added that if humans can avoid killing themselves in the next 100 years, they should have space settlements that can continue without support from Earth.

"It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species," Hawking said. "Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of."

I have much, much more to say about this, but will comment about it later this week.

1 comment:

Todd Huss said...

Not only is he a great scientist, he puts out great rap albums too: