According to the physicist Stephen Hawking humanity has 100 years left on Earth which erases 900 years off after the prediction he made back in November 2016, giving the humanity 1,000 more years left.
Hawking explained his point at the Starmus Festival in Trondheim, Norway and stated that if humanity continues for another million years, our future will be boldly going where no one else has gone before.
Hawking also urged world leaders to send astronauts to the moon by 2020, build a lunar base in 30 years and to send people to Mars by 2025.
He is convinced that humans need to leave Earth, strongly believes that we are running out of space, and that the only places to go to are other worlds, explore other solar systems as it is the only way that could save us from ourselves.
Hawking is not the only one who’s thinking about revisiting the Earth’s cosmic satellite. Allegedly it is also the US president Donald Trump that wants to send people on the Moon by 2020. Both government space agencies and private ones, are making some plans to achieve this. NASA’s mission to Mars, thinks that setting up an orbital lunar station would be vital for the future mission to the Red Planet.
Other nations are aiming to reach the Moon,too. China and Europe also hope to reach the Moon by the 2020s, some other countries also strive to setting up their own lunar bases.
Many private space agencies think that the Moon is more of a special tourist attraction rather than a permanent domicile: SpaceX is already preparing for its first privately-funded round trip to the Moon, while Jeff Bezos envisions an opportunity for a special delivery service to facilitate the construction of any permanent off world settlement.
According to Hawking,however, this aiming for the Moon is not only about survival, but strengthening humanity while we’re still on Earth – regardless how many years we have left here.
His hope is that it would unite competitive nations in a single goal and face the common challenge for us all. A new and ambitious space program would excite people, young people especially and provoke their interest in other areas, such as astrophysics and cosmology.