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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: The Sky IS falling. Honest. I swear.
By rcc on 6/15/2006 5:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
This is totally off in left field, however, I read an interesting Novel recently. The author claimed a solid scientific basis for his story background, but I haven't had a chance to check on it.

Per the story, following the historical cycles, Earth should currently be in a minor ice age, however, because of the human influence, it has been offset by global warming. So, when the environmentalists finally get their way and reduce the CO2/hothouse gasses, it triggers the ice age. So now you have glaciers expanding through the most of the main worldwide food growing belts. People trying to survive the new winters without burning anything including heating oil. Science and technology were bad words, etc. And of course the environmental folks in power are blaming it all on the scientific advances of the preceeding century.
Entertaining from a certain warped perspective.

But, it does add another page to the "beware what you ask for" book.


By masher2 (blog) on 6/15/2006 5:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
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> "Per the story, following the historical cycles, Earth should currently be in a minor ice age, however, because of the human influence, it has been offset by global warming. So, when the environmentalists finally get their way and reduce the CO2/hothouse gasses, it triggers the ice age."


Sounds like Niven's Fallen Angels.


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