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Time for humans to start thinking about moving says Hawking

For many years humans have dreamed of one day colonizing other planets and moons.  Although research would be an important reason for the foreign bases, could the survival of the human race depend on whether or not we can colonize other planets?  World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking recently said that humans need to colonize a planet or moon because the Earth might face destruction -- A man made disaster -- global warming being a good example -- or natural disaster could potentially destroy the planet. 

Although he believes humans can colonize the moon within 20 years, and establish a sufficient base on Mars within 40 years, humans "won't find anywhere as nice as Earth," unless we visit another solar system.  The moon looks to be like an ideal place for a potential new colony.  Not only does it appear to have everything needed to sustain humans, ice has also been found at its poles.

Nations have been thinking about colonizing other planets for years.  DailyTech earlier reported that NASA is working towards a permanent moon base that would be a stepping stone to allow astronauts to explore Mars firsthand.  Swedish researchers are also studying different ways to have a self-sustaining colony on the moon.

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Cut and Run
By CKDragon on 6/15/2006 6:29:25 AM , Rating: 2
I know it's always smart to have a contingency plan for any situation, but the fact that one of the smartest minds in the world is talking about the possibility of cutting and running from an entire planet, likely because of our own recklessness, is still depressing.

RE: Cut and Run
By PLaYaHaTeD on 6/15/2006 10:52:42 AM , Rating: 2
Not only does it appear to have everything needed to sustain humans, ice has also been found at its poles.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but last time i checked, an atmosphere with oxygen is needed to sustain human life.

RE: Cut and Run
By Lord Evermore on 6/15/2006 11:16:23 AM , Rating: 2
An enclosed environment with breathable atmosphere can be created using the materials on the moon.

RE: Cut and Run
By CKDragon on 6/15/2006 12:59:30 PM , Rating: 2
I heard something like this before.

And less than 30 days after that, baby Kal-El was on his way to Earth. :P

RE: Cut and Run
By geeg on 6/23/2006 9:08:25 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Cut and Run
By Fox5 on 6/15/2006 1:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't make any sense either. The moon is completely desolate, couldn't we spend far less effort keeping Earth habitable, even in the event of a nuclear holocaust, than turning it into a livable place? Whether you build a biodome on the moon or on Earth, it'll still completely seal you off from the outside environment.

RE: Cut and Run
By masher2 on 6/15/2006 3:01:33 PM , Rating: 3
> "couldn't we spend far less effort keeping Earth habitable"

No amount of effort will stop the possibility of a rogue meteor strike, randomly-mutated killer virus, cosmological Gamma-Ray-Burst, or any number of other events which could easily end all human life on earth.

Furthermore, colonies on the moon or in space would actually help keep the EARTH habitable. Polluting heavy industry could be moved off the planet altogether. Do all our mining, refining, and chemical manufacture in space, and ship down only the end result. No more pollution, and a higher standard of living for all.

RE: Cut and Run
By kaoken on 6/16/2006 3:33:21 AM , Rating: 2
So what happens to the workers that work on these "heavy industry planets"? Sounds very unethical to me.

RE: Cut and Run
By masher2 on 6/16/2006 8:51:01 AM , Rating: 2
> "Sounds very unethical to me. "

Are you serious with this claptrap? The moon has no meteorological activity, and nearly no geological. any pollution generated is going to stay where its left. Also, remember people are going to be living in sealed habitats there.

Heavy industry in space is even better. Any unwanted byproducts you generate, you simply launch out into the void, or drop them towards the sun.

Now, lets see how long it takes some idiot to say we'd then be "polluting space".

RE: Cut and Run
By captchaos2 on 6/15/2006 1:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
I think Hawking has been watching too much Gundam anime.

RE: Cut and Run
By CSMR on 6/15/2006 9:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
The other possibility is that this guy is not so smart as all that, outside his academic field.

RE: Cut and Run
By geeg on 6/23/2006 9:10:10 AM , Rating: 2
The guy is giving a message..

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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