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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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RE: We're all doomed!!!!!
By TomZ on 6/15/2006 10:36:30 AM , Rating: 2
Bravo on that post, masher2. People don't seem to think about the sources of the "facts" they get, and they fail to realize the alterior motives that might be intertwined. Gore is a perfect example, since he is still in effect running his presidency campaign. What would qualify him as an expert on global warming?

Bottom line here is that politicians are most powerful when their citizens are living in a state of fear . If we didn't have to worry about being protected from global warming, terrorists, bird flu, the economy, etc., etc., then we might feel empowered to realize and speak up that they are not doing their jobs.


RE: We're all doomed!!!!!
By Ringold on 6/15/2006 11:19:04 AM , Rating: 2
I'd agree that there may be no consensus (then again, there's no consensus on gravity, since how it works is theory and at a minumum of once a year its properties surprise us in a lab), but the other risks should be considered. Gamma ray burst; we'd be dead before we realized it, and Earth's been hit before. Asteroid impacts could render render the surface and miles below the surface in to something akin to Venus in temperature. Accidental nuclear pissing contest, or an intentional one. Mass extinction that catches us off guard, plunges the planet in to starvation with every man, or small town or gang, for themselves. Even if humanity survived on Earth, it could get sent to the stone age.

In any of the above the only option would be to move forward elsewhere.. and maybe return later to try to recivilize survivors.

There's also economic reasons.. Only so many raw materials here, and virtually no He3, which is common on the surface of the moon, baked in by solar wind. Russians already have a commercial mining venture on the front burner. And to a lesser degree, cultural and scientific enrichment, and national pride.

Costs can be defrayed by business ops and privatization, so.. basically.. why not?


RE: We're all doomed!!!!!
By TomZ on 6/15/2006 11:25:16 AM , Rating: 2
I'm certainly not against it, as long as taxpayer dollars are not wasted without any real benefit.


RE: We're all doomed!!!!!
By johnsonx on 6/15/2006 12:06:01 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but almost all tax dollars now ARE wasted without any real benefit.

So what's the difference?


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