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Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020 to 'elevate humanity'

Hawking urges Moon landing by 2020 to 'elevate humanity'

The way he sees it, spreading out into space is the only chance of having any future at all.

Hawking said this while making a speech at the Starmus Festival in Norway.

Image copyright Neil A. Armstrong Image caption Return of the Moon landings would give humanity "a sense of purpose".

The scientist took a shot at Donald Trump as well, stating that the POTUS took the wrong stance on climate change, adding that he may have made the most serious and wrong decision on global warming when he pulled out of the Paris Accord.

Stephen said that the Earth's physical resources are being drained at an alarming rate and there's no way to fix it. Trump took a hard stance against climate change policies which will only create more of a threat to the human race.

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"There is no utopia aroud the corner, we are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds".

Humans are in dire danger, and in efforts to explore other worlds in lieu of Earth, it may be time to ride on a beam of light through the power of Einstein's theory of relativity. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. "I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth", he said. As BBC pointed out, though, it would likely be involved if other space agencies and organizations start to collaborate on building a lunar base.

Astronauts last walked on the moon in 1972, the same year that Elton John's "Rocket Man" debuted on vinyl. That proposed schedule is actually tighter than NASA's own: Hawking proposes a Mars mission by 2025, which is similar to SpaceX's ambitious estimates, but five years faster than the U.S. space agency reckons feasible - and it's worth mentioning that NASA's own external panel thinks that the current 2030 schedule is something of a long shot at current funding levels.

Hawking said leaving Earth is essential as the planet faces climate change and stresses on natural resources. At a neighborly 4.37 light-years away, the planet Proxima B in the Alpha Centauri system is a promising target, Hawking said - except that with current technology, interstellar travel is "utterly impractical". Exploration of deep space physicist compares with the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

"It demands a concerted global approach - every one should join in - we need to rekindle the excitement of the early days of space travel in the sixties - the technology is nearly within our grasp". "We need to rekindle the excitement of the early days of space travel in the '60s".

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He said that the colonisation of other planets was no longer science fiction, though he did pay tribute to the genre in his closing remarks.

"If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no-one else has gone before".

"I hope for the best".

"I believe this is the trajectory we are on".

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