Stephen Hawking - Time For a Second Space Age
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By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
Stephen Hawking was speaking last week at the Starmus Festival and shared his thoughts about the future of life on earth and mankind's need to explore space travel with a 'boldly go' attitude.
He explains that:
"I believe we have reached the point of no return."
and we need to:
"...pursue rigorously a space-exploration programme, [with] a view to eventually colonizing suitable planets for human habitation."
Along with the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was the second man to walk on the moon, they agree that efforts towards space colonization need to step up, with a return to the moon, a permanent lunar base and other steps to make a martian home a reality. These steps, in turn, will secure the future of human beings, as we have, in Professor Hawking's opinion, already caused "irreparable damage to the earth".
You can learn more about Professor Hawking's and Mr Aldrin's predictions here and let me know what you think. Are these legends of spaceflight and cosmology accurate in their opinions or is deep space exploration only a part of the answer?
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I write and am passionate about improving engineering & science especially transport, energy, water & sanitation and how we can use these disciplines responsibly with greater awareness. These disciplines have driven mankind in all exploration, development and advancement for generations and it is where the solutions lie to many of our current challenges.