Stephen Hawking Calls For A Return To The Moon As Earth’s Clock Runs Out
Humans are late for a trip back to the moon, Stephen Hawking just said.
Speaking Tuesday at Starmus Festival, a science-bar-music encounter, astrophysicist offered two parts of the fatality cut with a piece of scientific optimism. He argued that we must prepare for a cosmic exodus that will take place within the next 200 to 500 years.
“We’re missing space, and the only place where we can go to other worlds. It’s time to explore other solar systems,” he said via a video link to the public gathered in Trondheim, Norway. “Extending perhaps the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that human beings must leave Earth.”
Hawking’s plan to get rid of this planet is ambitious: countries must work together to build a lunar colony within 30 years. We can reach Mars “in the next 15 years,” he said, with a base to follow some decades later.
The head of the European Space Agency said in 2016 that “the moon village” would take 20 years to plan and build. NASA’s long-term plans include sending humans to Mars in 2030.
The astronauts spent the last moon in 1972, the same year that “Rocket Man” Elton John debuted on vinyl. The last lunar visitor, Eugene Cernan, died in January. Cernan long held supporter of space travel, testifying before Congress in 2011 that the United States space exploration was “a path of disintegration” after the Obama administration has closed the lunar program of the NASA Constellation.
Hawking Darkness overcomes disintegration in eschatology. In November, he said he was about 1000 years old before escaping to the stars. In May, the calendar for the next hundred years was cut. During his speech on Tuesday titled “The Future of Humanity,” the 75th anniversary of the expert black hole stated that “Earth is threatened by so many areas that it is difficult for me to be positive.”
There are Apocalypse aliens such as the impacts of asteroids “guaranteed by the laws of physics and probability.” On Earth, Hawking cited the melting of polar ice caps, the loss of animal life and the reduction of physical resources, among other malicious portraits.
“The land is too small for us,” he said. Global warming is a threat, a point of view that he knows is not shared by President Donald Trump, “who may have had the worst and most mistaken decision on climate change that this world saw. And a long-term strategy to achieve it. ”
Let us look at other worlds. As a neighbor of 4.37 light-years, planet Near Centauri B in the Alpha system is a promising target, Hawking said – except that with today’s technology, interstellar travel is “totally unfeasible.”
He described some of the technologies behind theoretical breakthrough Starshot, a mission that is compatible with Russian tycoon Yuri Milner. The goal is to send tiny probes every 25 million miles Proxima B and transmit the information.
In theory, a powerful light source, which published dozens of kilowatt-hours of energy in space, could propel nanocrates like sailfish caught by a strong wind. The probes flew by Mars in an hour, day and Pluto in Alpha Centauri in 20 years, Hawking said. (It does not claim that this system is useful for human interstellar travel, however, partly because light-powered vehicles have no brake on the pump.)
“The human race has existed as a separate species for about 2 million years. Civilization began there about 10,000 years ago, and the rate of development has gradually increased,” said M. Hawking. “If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in the fact that no one has ever been before.”