Hawking Claims Mankind Must Leave Earth to Survive
According to British physicist, Stephen Hawking, human beings will need to go out into space and find habitation on another planet in order to survive, and has called on scientists to embark on further exploration of space to guarantee the future of mankind.
According to Hawking, who spoke at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, "we won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet."
Hawking is concerned that space exploration has suffered a number of cut-backs as a result of the global financial crisis. In particular NASA's planetary science budget, which is crucial to finding habitable planets, was slashed by $300 million this year.
However, significant progress continues to be made, in particular the landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover, which continues to make remarkable advancements in our understanding of the planet, and there now exists what has been called the ‘Mars race’ to attempt the first manned mission within the next decade.. In 2010 and 2011, the Mars-500 experiment was carried out in Moscow: a group of six volunteers were locked inside a simulated spacecraft for 520 days – the time it would take to make a round trip to the planet.