Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Space - Explore or Die?

Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking speaking to a packed house in Hong Kong said:

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.

Hawking is one of the most brilliant minds of our life time. Listen to him. There are so many different things that could destroy life as we know it on this mud ball we call earth.

My grandma and Grandpa taught me all about putting all your eggs in one basket. The human race definately has all their eggs in one basket. We need to start exploring some other options. There is a whole great big universe out there and yet we seem content to sit here and crap in our own little corner of it. What ever happened to the "Lets see what is over that next hill" attitude?

"We won't find anywhere as nice as Earth unless we go to another star system,"

Hawling added

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. 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."

Or even the other disasters we have thought of like major asteroid impact, massive volcanic eruption or catastrophic earthquakes. Hawking was focusing on human caused destruction and seemed to forget that mother nature is just as capable of wiping us out as we are.

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